Holy hell, yeah!
Ford has actually done what many didn’t think was possible. It has made its F-150 Raptor off-roader even better. Presenting the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. Brace yourselves. Making its official live debut here at Detroit, Ford claims the new Raptor is the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup truck in its lineup. Every part of the F-150 Raptor was re-engineered to make it the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader. It’s also more efficient than ever. Let’s talk details, shall we.
Power comes from a new Raptor exclusive 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that produces more power with greater efficiency than the current 6.2-liter V8, which is rated at 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. The first-gen version of this new engine has already been tested and proven at the 2010 Baja 1000. The new transmission? A new 10-speed unit. Holy hell. The 2017 Raptor is also 6 inches wider than the current F-150 for improved off-road stability. There’s a new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case that manages power distribution between the front and rear wheels. It combines the best attributes of a clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive.
A new Terrain Management System enables the driver to select modes to optimize driving dynamics depending on road and weather conditions. There are also six preset driving modes: Normal, Street, Weather, Mud and Sand, Baja, and Rock. FOX Racing Shox, now larger and redesigned, are standard. Both front and rear shock canisters have grown from 2.5- to 3-inches in diameter for improved performance. The interior has been upgraded as well, featuring three color materials and paddle shifters. Production will happen in Dearborn, Michigan and sales will begin in fall 2016. Enjoy the photos and let us know what you think in the comments.