Ford Super Sizes the 2017 F-150 Raptor in Detroit
By Christian Wardlaw, January 12, 2016
Originally introduced in extended SuperCab format, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew arrived with an extra set of doors at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
A redesign of the critically acclaimed and much adored original Raptor, an off-road-ready, performance-tuned pickup truck that deftly capitalized on the trend toward suspension lifts, huge tires, and Baja-style design, the 2017 F-150 Raptor will undeniably be one of the most desirable trucks on the market when it goes on sale in the fall of 2016.
F-150, the Raptor’s design emulates the Trophy Truck class of competitive off-road pickups. It is 6 inches wider than a stock F-150, and the new Raptor is reportedly 500 lbs. lighter than the vehicle it replaces thanks to the use of high-strength steel for the frame and military-grade aluminum for the body.
More powerful, agile, and fuel efficient than ever, the new 2017 F-150 Raptor features a high-output version of Ford’s twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It generates 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, and Ford says the new Raptor boasts a better power-to-weight ratio than the previous model.
A new 10-speed automatic transmission feeds motive force to a new 4-wheel-drive system with a torque-on-demand transfer case, and the engine breathes through a true dual exhaust system. Terrain Management off-road driver-assistance technology provides the driver with a choice between Normal, Street, Weather, Mud and Sand, Rock, and Baja driving modes.
Engineers developed the Raptor’s chassis and suspension for speedy travel across desert landscapes and for crawling over rocky terrain. A set of Fox Racing Shox with internal bypass technology is designed to prevent the truck from bottoming out, and the Raptor’s suspension offers more travel than before, with 11.2 inches in the front and 12 inches in the rear.
A Torsen limited-slip front differential is an option, helping the Raptor to scramble over hills, and the standard 17-in. aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires can be upgraded to more rugged Beadlock-capable rims.
Additional details will be available for the new F-150 Raptor closer to its official arrival in showrooms. But you can bet on a couple of things: it won’t be cheap, and it will be awesome.