A big question has been answered this past weekend by Ford’s Global Product Development Vice President Raj Nair, when he revealed that the 2017 Ford Raptor’s turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 will make a jaw-dropping 450 horsepower. According to Automobile Magazine, Nair broke the news during an interview with Fox Sports during the 24 Hours of Daytona. This confirms Ford’s claims that the new Raptor’s V6 will best the outgoing truck’s 411 horsepower cast-iron 6.2 liter V8.
The 2010-2014 Ford SVT Raptor was been the vicious, off-roading jewel in the F-150 line. With unique sheet metal, a wider body, and higher ground clearance over the standard F-150, the Raptor had no direct competition, and became an instant icon. And while the all-new 2015 Ford-F150 is an undisputed game-changer in the truck market, Raptor fans were dismayed to find that they’d have to wait a few years for the Raptor to make a comeback. With Nair’s bombshell, it seems like the wait will really pay off.
Ford took a major risk by treating America’s best-selling pickup to a largely-unproven (for pickups) aluminum construction, but it’s shown that the new F-150’s all-aluminum construction can take a beating, and with a weight loss of over 500 pounds (as much as 700 in some situations) and a notable increase in fuel economy, the new F-150 could be the “best-ever F-Truck,” and prove to be one of the most important pickups in recent history.
All of these superlatives will also make their way to the 2017 Raptor. Recently unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the next-generation Raptor has even more aggressive styling, a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 (a similar block that will also power the new Ford GT), and Ford’s assurance that the new Raptor will outperform the old one in every way.
With the horsepower number given by Nair, we now have a clearer picture of what the new Raptor will do – both on road and off. The 450 horsepower twin-turbo V6 will be mated to a new ten-speed automatic transmission, as opposed to the old truck’s 6.2 V8 mated to a six-speed. Like the base F-150, the Raptor will shed upwards of 500 pounds, increasing speed, fuel economy, and capability. The truck will also have BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires designed specifically for the truck, and unique sheet metal that perfectly picks up where the old one left off.
The 2017 Ford Raptor is an integral part of the impressive Ford Performance line up for the next few years, and from what we know right now, it doesn’t look like it will disappoint. Despite Toyota and Dodge dipping their toes in the off-road performance market with the Tundra TRD Pro and the Ram Rebel, the next-gen Raptor still doesn’t have any direct competition. Its true competitor will be the standard set by 2010-2014 Raptor – and that truck left some some pretty big tracks to fill. With 450 horsepower and all-new construction, this new Raptor should do just fine.
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