NAIAS: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is The Bulldozer for Your Sandcastle
Ford unveiled Monday its 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew complete with four doors, a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 and 10-speed transmission because more numbers always wins, all the time — except for when that number is power output, because apparently we still don’t know that yet.
The supersized truck with a supersized engine shaved 500 pounds by shedding two cylinders and aluminum body parts, according to Ford. The SuperCrew’s 145-inch wheelbase is fully a foot longer than the SuperCab’s footprint, and six inches wider than the current F-150, but still, really, no power figures.
But if you’re really into shaking up four friends in the rear seats, the Raptor SuperCrew sports an available Torsen front differential.
The off-road bits are tougher, according to Ford. In addition to 17-inch BFG KO2 all-terrain rubber at the corners, the Raptor sports bigger Fox Racing shock absorbers with nearly an inch more suspension travel than the last model, and a new terrain management system with Street and Baja settings because why not race truck?
Under the hood, Ford stuffed a 3.5-liter EcoBoosted V-6 that makes more power than the 6.2-liter V-8. We’ll wait for details on output, which should be coming soon because the truck is slated to hit dealerships this year.
According to Ford, the 2017 Raptor sports a new transfer case that is electronically controlled, but still mechanically locking.
Ford didn’t say how much the Raptor will cost when it hits dealerships later this year.
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The Raptor has done well for Ford and you can see why. It is designed as an accessory for those who can afford to own and operate one. It has some incredible off road creed, but that is quite limited to quite open country. If Ford really want to make a good off road pickup, then I suggest Ford make a Ranger Mini Me Raptor, off course with a diesel so you have some endurance and better low down torque. If I was after one of these "hairdresser" type pickups I would like to see the Titan Warrior built so I could buy one of them. I'd say the Titan will carry a lot more weight, have better and more usable traction off road with the diesel than this Raptor.