The next generation Ford Raptor broke cover at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but many technical details remain unknown. We know that the upcoming 2017 Ford Raptor will use the latest 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with more power than the traditional 6.2L V8 in the previous truck. We know that there is a 10-speed automatic transmission delivering the power. The new off-road beast will use an upgraded steel frame and larger diameter Fox off-road shocks, and it should go on sale at the end of calendar 2016.
Now, we get some more juicy information via Ford’ Chief Technology Officer, Raj Nair. The Group Vice President reportedly revealed the horsepower output of the next Raptor during a televised interview during the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona endurance race. The number for the next generation truck version of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 is 450 horsepower. This is indeed more than the 411 horses from the naturally aspirated V8. There was no mention of the torque.
Fittingly, Ford EcoBoost V6 powered Chip Ganasi racing car won last Sunday’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
We know that Ford’s twin-turbocharged V6 has potential. For example, a version of this engine makes 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque in the face-lifted 2015 Lincoln Navigator. If the Raptor’s version makes 450 horses, then it will likely produces well over 500 lb-ft of torque. This should make for more than brisk acceleration, considering the 2017 Raptor also goes on aluminum diet and loses around 500 lbs. It would make the Super Cab version weigh in at approximately 5,500 lbs.
The upcoming Ford GT super car will also have a version of the V6 turbo with around 600 horsepower.
Watch this insider TFLtruck video as we learn Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the next generation 2017 Ford Raptor.