The FM-index is a celebrated compressed data structure for full-text pattern searching. After the first wave of interest in its theoretical developments, we can observe a surge of interest in practical FM-index variants in the last few years. These enhancements are often related to a bit-vector representation, augmented with an efficient rank-handling data structure. In this work, we propose a new, cache-friendly, implementation of the rank primitive and advocate for a very simple architecture of the FM-index, which trades compression ratio for speed. Experimental results show that our variants are 2–3 times faster than the fastest known ones, for the price of using typically 1.5–5 times more space.