By on August 21, 2015

Raptor Prototype Testing

Ford released photos and video Friday of its newest Raptor off-road testing in Northern Michigan.

The truck, which will go on sale next fall, has better ground clearance than the outgoing Raptor, although Ford isn’t giving us official specs yet. We know the last generation’s fording depth was officially 30 inches up to 4 mph and that capability likely won’t decrease — but we don’t know if it’ll go up.

“The all-new Ford Raptor will be more capable than the previous Raptor, including improved wheel travel and ground clearance,” Ford spokesman Mike Levine told us.

Ford said today that the newest-generation Raptor will have new Fox racing shocks with internal bypass to adjust and stiffen suspension off road, and an all-new four-wheel-drive transfer case in the back.

In other words: Specs for the official truck are slowly coming out. We’ll stay tuned for official horsepower figures from the twin-turbo V-6 under the hood.

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38 Comments on “F-150 Raptor Runs Off Road, Ford Offers Pictures to Prove It...”


  • avatar
    NMGOM

    I don’t want Ford to “offer pictures”. I want them to offer a decent manual transmission for real off-road enthusiasts. If a great, tough 6-speed were available as an option, that vehicle would be so S-O-L-D!

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    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      You and no one else. I like rowing my own, but the numbers just aren’t there to justify producing it.

      • 0 avatar
        heavy handle

        I wouldn’t be so sure. I know a few people who bought Wranglers or FJ Cruisers specifically for the manual. Manuals do well with drivers’ cars.

        Sure, 95% of cars are automatics, but 95% of car buyers aren’t interested in driving. They just hope and pray that they won’t need big repairs before it’s paid-off.

    • 0 avatar
      Higheriq

      While we’re making requests, how about a regular-cab version too?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I don’t know if NMGOM’s or Higheriq’s request is less likely to happen. You have a better chance of Ford supplying Kate Upton and Chrissy Teigen to deliver your F150 Raptor to your house with pizza, beer, and a double sided marital aid than producing a regular cab manual Raptor.

    • 0 avatar
      cdotson

      I think your request for a tough manual is self contradictory. The era of manuals being tougher than automatics ended at least 15-20 years ago. For at least a decade tow ratings for automatic trucks have exceeded those for manual trucks by a wide margin.

      Don’t get me wrong; I love manuals in trucks. I still own my 5spd 2002 Ram 1500 though it is no longer driven more than once a week. It’s on it’s 4th transmission.

      • 0 avatar
        Onus

        I have a 1990 f250. Even then the automatics ( per the manual ) are rated to tow more than the comparable manual transmission. The torque converter is a huge help vs slipping the clutch.

    • 0 avatar
      Ihatejalops

      Manual transmission? How about just a V8 cuz it isn’t getting that either.

      • 0 avatar
        Mandalorian

        Actually a lot of the hard-core off-roaders prefer an automatic because of it’s low-speed crawling prowess.

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          It depends on the type of off-roading you do.

          Rock crawling is more popular west of the Rockies, and it does involve a lot of low-speed, just-off-idle driving.

          The people I know who do “serious” off-roading in Canada are more likely to drive on gravel roads, like the Alaska highway, or logging roads. Manuals are an asset for that type of road because they allow you to control engine braking and to balance the truck better around corners. Same thing with ice and snow: sometimes you want to accelerate from a higher gear so the torque won’t overwhelm your grip, and sometimes you’ve got lots of traction and can rev it more. This can change from corner to corner, depending if the road is shaded (icy) or in sunlight (dry).

          I’ve never done any mudding, wonder what type of transmission works best in those conditions.

      • 0 avatar
        tooloud10

        After putting a few thousand miles on a ’15 F150 3.5TT I see no reason for a V8 to even be offered. Plus the word on the street is that the Raptor V6 will have significantly more power. Sign me up–I’m already considering trading.

    • 0 avatar
      Pig_Iron

      @NMGOM

      You’re right, without stick, it’s just a colossal, fantastically inefficient on-road golf cart; and it’s not even good looking.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Why did someone “Windows 95 screensaver” filter the second pic!?

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    The second pic also looks like a little scared cat stuck on a ramp. “Hellllp, I can’t do this meow.”

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    I wonder how well a SuperCab Raptor with a 6.5′ bed would sell. It would be on the SuperCrew frame/WB, so there’d be minimal new tooling.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I’d prefer the 6.5′ bed. Isn’t the Raptor the only SuperCab truck with the 133″ wheelbase?

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        Yes and no. From 2004 to 2008, a SuperCab/5.5′ bed F-150 was available, mostly as an FX4, but also as STX, XLT, Lariat, and probably FX2 (though a quick Google search doesn’t confirm this). It was also available in 2009, first year of the new body style. Personally, I think the config is the worst of both worlds, and only useful for off-roading or if you live somewhere where space is at a premium but you absolutely must have a 5-6 passenger full size truck.

        Semi-related fun fact: 2009 was also the last year for the Flareside bed. Much like how it happened in 1987 with the last of the wooden beds, I think they just made them until the old stock ran out, but I couldn’t say for sure.

    • 0 avatar
      srh

      I sold my raptor in large part because of the bed length. A 6.5′ foot bed would have been sufficient. I’m sure it would have made it less useful for those who use their raptors to race other raptors in the desert, but for my use case (getting to very remote places) with enough stuff to have fun when I get there) it was the perfect truck aside from the shorty bed.

      I’d hoped that they would eventually make the off-road bits of the raptor available as a package on all the F-150s

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        You can fit the bits if you want to do it yourself. Find a SuperCab XLT FX4 with the max trailer towing package and then go get those Raptor bits.

        • 0 avatar
          srh

          The appeal of the Raptor to me is/was that the off-road bits are all fit and tested sufficiently to be warrantied by ford. The cost of doing that aftermarket would be astronomical, the result would be disappointing, and the warranty would be gone. But clearly Ford is able to do a spectacular job for perhaps a $10K premium over the non-Raptor.

          Give me a $10,000 Raptor package for F-150 super-cab long-bed and I’ll buy it. (Or better yet for a CC LB, but that item isn’t in the F-150 portfolio right now).

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Yes, it is expensive to build your own Raptor. A SuperCab long bed Raptor would be awesome though. I feel your pain.

            What I think you really need is a Transit van with the Quigley 4×4 kit! Maybe I just want one of those though…

            http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2015/04/quigley-motors-now-offers-ford-transit-4×4.html

            THAT

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            As much as I love the SuperCab/8′ bed (it’s my favorite, in case nobody’s heard it a million times), I think the 163″ WB would cancel out any off-road advantages bestowed by a Raptor package.

            A crew cab/8′ bed F-150 would be insanity any day of the week, never mind a Raptor version.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

            ” What I think you really need is a Transit van with the Quigley 4×4 kit! Maybe I just want one of those though…”

            I would love a Transit chassis cab diesel with an aluminum “ute” bed on it (drop-side flat bed). A 4wd conversion would be even better!

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            @John Taurus
            A company does a 4×4 , Bus and Motorhome on the previous Transit
            http://www.bus4x4.com.au/vehicles/4×4-ford-transit

  • avatar
    maxxcool7421

    Baaed on the promo photo, my now departed 2002 mazda tribute is equally as good. /golf clap/

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Well, here’s to scores more “Raptor Jump Fail” videos on you tube!

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    I wonder if the production Raptor will retain its own grill? These mules have the same grills as the rest of the F150 line up.

    In Canada the Raptor only comes in full bling trim. That puts the truck in the 75k range. I’d like to see a Raptor package offered in a more base level of trim.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    I thought that the Raptor’s forte was on-road performance only.

    Learn something new every day, and all that!

    • 0 avatar
      anti121hero

      I have never seen a raptor with even a speck of mud or dirt on it.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        Should an owner never wash it? What about vacuuming the interior?

        Rest assured 99.9% of 55 to $60K pickup buyers (yeah not much in rebates for Raptors) aren’t going to get visible damage on the body from the off road. But wait awhile for the 2nd or 3rd owners of Raptors.

        Except the exact same is true of Wrangler Rubicons. They get washed/detailed more severely than off road’ed.

  • avatar

    Still looks like a pig. Too big for serious off roading

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