Ford can't keep a secret, and we love that about it.
Unless we're talking about engineers working on the GT project, Ford seems to have a hard time keeping the details of its soon-to-be-released models under wraps until the announcement date. Maybe Ford can take a lesson from Dodge on this one. In either case, it appears that a user on the Ford Raptor Forum has just leaked secret information about the horsepower, torque, and towing capacities of the all-new 2nd generation Ford Raptor that's slated for sale in November of this year. Loose lips may sink ships, but not in a segment with few competitors.
Previously, we had heard Ford's Global Product Development VP, Raj Nair, accidentally slip out the horsepower figures, quoting 450 horsepower as the new output. In the images leaked to the Raptor forum (claimed to be from Ford's dealer source book), we can plainly see that the 2017 F-150 Raptor will have 450 horsepower (thanks Raj Nair), 510 lb-ft of torque, and an 8,000 pound towing capacity. While towing capacity remains the same as what the 6.2-liter V8 from the first Raptor could handle, power is up by 39 ponies and torque jumps by 76 lb-ft. The power gains may not sound tremendous, but it's worth mentioning that this Raptor will be significantly lighter than the previous version.
By using an aluminum body as well as a hood and fenders forged from composites, this Raptor should arrive weighing 500 pounds less than its predecessor. The smaller engine may have something to do with the weight savings, but the real gains we'll see from the EcoBoost are in fuel economy. And then we have to remember the impressive 10-speed gearbox that comes with the entire package, which should partner nicely with the Raptor's six driving modes. Ford Raptor price hasn't been announced yet, but a previous leak (thanks again Ford) indicates that the Supercab will start at $49,520 and the Supercrew will command a premium of $52,505. Screenshots courtesy of Ford Raptor Forum user 03'Darin.
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