• Can the 2017 Ford Raptor Retain the Soul of the Original? [Preview]

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    2017 Ford Raptor

    The upcoming 2017 Ford Raptor is reportedly capable of 450HP with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. Some say it could approach the 600HP mark. It sheds around 500 pounds after going on a diet of aluminum and ultra high-strength steel. However, it loses the V8. Can the turbo V6 deliver on the beastly character of the original Raptor?

    Ford did not officially reveal output numbers at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, where the 2017 Raptor first appeared. So, where is all this information coming from exactly? Well, that 3.5L EcoBoost V6 powering the 2017 F-150 Raptor is the very same block that will be powering the 2017 Ford GT, which is expected to net somewhere “north of 600HP.” That said, now you can see where the 600HP estimate is coming from.


    The 2017 Raptor is carrying another surprise, which is the 10-speed automatic transmission that is capable of handling all that power. To compliment all that, it has four-wheel-drive, a torque-on-demand transfer case, and an advanced version of the off-road driver-assist technology. The improved transfer case realigns power distribution between the front and rear wheels, merging the best of clutch-driven, all-wheel drive with durable, four-wheel drive.

    As for the body, the Raptor is comprised of a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy. Don’t be too concerned about the weight though, the unique materials used allowed Ford to shed more than 500 pounds off the total weight compared to the previous model. Finally, it features a full dual-exhaust — a first ever for Ford’s F-150 lineup — and 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, specifically designed for off-road use.


    It will feature six different preset modes depending on the terrain and environment conditions. This means that the driver can select what matches their current conditions. The six presets are the following:

    • Normal mode – meant for normal, everyday driving
    • Street mode – meant for high-performance, on-road driving
    • Weather mode – meant for inclement weather like rain, snow or ice
    • Mud and sand mode – meant for muddy terrain
    • Baja mode – meant for high-speeds in desert and sand terrain
    • Rock mode – meant for low-speeds and traveling rocky terrain

    Of course, a premium version will be available with modern LED lighting and camera technology that can be used to enhance visibility in various environments, whether it be on the trail, street or during the long-dark hours of night.
    More information about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be available closer to launch, which is set for sometime in the fall of 2016.

    What is your take on the V6 EcoBoost replacing the big 6.2L V8 in the Raptor?

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    12 thoughts on “Can the 2017 Ford Raptor Retain the Soul of the Original? [Preview]

    1. I love this truck. I was not so excited by the front grille on the regular new F150 but it works more for me on the Raptor. However fantastic the ecoboost V6 will be in this version of Raptor, I feel there is no way to replace the sound of a V8 exhaust.
      I have F150 ecoboost now and the best you can do is make it sound like a Grand National…no way to make it sound as good as a V8 growl.
      That being said, still going to see if I can figure out a way to get this new Raptor when it arrives in my local dealership.

    2. As a current owner of an 11 6.2 raptor I must say I’m going to have to trade mine in when this comes out. However I will miss the v8 sound of course, but to have the extra power and all that torque down at 2500 rpm with a 10 speed is gonna be awesome. I currently tow a 9k loaded toy hauler and it does great, it will pull the steepest highway grades I’ve been on in 3rd @ 3500 which isn’t too bad, but I’m guessing this new setup will make my old one it’s bitch. 500 lbs lighter with beefier shocks and more travel I should be able to romp it even harder off road. Don’t really like the plastic on tailgate, but hopefully it won’t be on production model.

    3. I’m pretty sure Car & Driver have a quote from a Ford insider that the power output of the Raptors engine is 450hp…not 600.

    4. Its an awsome truck, but I don’t know how long the enthusiasm will last as its a nich vehicle aka Ford Lightning. Its a toy for most that never even leaves the pavement at least in my area. Now used to its full potential in the desert its hard to turn down.

    5. You can add hp with an engine that can “super rev” so having an engine that produce 600hp but at something like 10000rpm (european style). The right way to have “usable hp” is increasing the torque by having a bigger turbo. A naturally aspirated 3.5 v6 is around 300hp and if you put 15psi of boost, you have 2x the natural pressure so you can except 600hp (so it’s possible to have 600hp in a 3.5 Raptor) at the same rpm but 2x the pressure means 2x more pressure on the engine structure so 2x more chances that something doesn’t resist, especially on a truck that will probably work hard. Also remember that a turbo engine = premium gasoline = $$$$$ while a normal engine = regular gasoline = $. To conclude, I don’t think it’s a good idea to have a turbo in a truck to save 1mpg (and paying more for gasoline), especially when living at sea level.

      1. Rob, the current 3.5L EcoBoost that has been available in the F-150 for several years runs on 87 octane regular fuel. As a matter of fact, all of Ford’s current EcoBoost engines are capable of running on regular grade gasoline. One of the benefits of direct fuel injection is its cooling effect on the combustion process which in turn allows higher cylinder pressures with lower octane fuels. So turbo engine does NOT always = premium gasoline. Ain’t modern technology great? Not saying the Raptor EcoBoost will not require premium fuel but Ford has not released any engine details for the 2017 model yet.

        1. Yes, but if you use 87 you won’t have the 360hp while you’ll have your 355 with the Silverado 5.3 because the chevy is rated with 87 octane and the Ford is rated with premium gasoline.

          1. Actually Ford rates their engines on 87 octane. I believe the Lincoln rating is higher using premium fuel. I don’t think you’ll want to see any power and towing comparisons between the 5.3 and the 3.5 Ecoboost.

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