With the unveiling of the Ford GT and Mustang Shelby GT350R at the North American International Auto Show, we realized Ford was on a roll. Continuing their current streak, Ford unveiled the new 2017 Raptor at the NAIAS yesterday. This new performance truck built for everything off-road is not only smarter and tougher than its predecessor, but also more powerful.
Making the new F-150 Raptor both smarter and more powerful is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. It pushes out more horsepower and torque than the current Raptor’s 6.2-liter V8 engine, which is rated at 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. And, being a smaller engine with turbocharger, the new Raptor’s fuel efficiency will be greatly improved over the current model. The new engine’s efficiency is further highlighted by an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Working in conjunction with the new powertrain, driveline and traction and stability control are six new preset modes that cater the truck’s performance to its settings. They include:
- Normal Mode: For everyday driving
- Street Mode: For high-Performance, on-road driving
- Weather Mode: For rain, snow or ice
- Mud and Sand Mode: For muddy or sandy trails and terrain
- Baja Mode: For high-speed desert running
- Rock Mode: For low-speed rock crawling
The added toughness in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor comes from the new frame that is built with even more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor. The exterior of the new Raptor is made from a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps save more than 500 lbs in weight.
Ford will be building the 2017 F-150 Raptor at the Dearborn Truck Plant and it goes on sale Fall 2016.
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