Ford Has Just Proven That Its New F-150 Raptor Kicks Serious Ass

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Oh hell yeah!

Revealed this past January at Detroit, the next-generation 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was an immediate sensation. Everything about it, looks and specs wise, is just so utterly brilliant. This thing has no competition from any other mainstream truck maker (read: stock from the factory), just like its predecessor. Due to arrive in dealerships in fall of 2016, this new bad ass off-roader has just completed more than 1,000 miles of testing in the southwestern US. Basically, Ford beat the everlasting shit out of it.

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Testing included a 66-mile desert trail that mimics the Baja race course in Mexico, complete with a wide range of surfaces including "fast sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, steep climbs in deep sand, and slow meticulous crawls through tight trenches." The early build prototypes (made from a mix of 2015 and 2017 Raptor components) even topped speeds of 100 mph in places, and as slow as 10 mph in others. But the bottom line is this: The 2017 Raptor is 25 percent faster than the current truck based on lap times.

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