The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will deliver a performance true to its attitude at 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to its 3.5-liter twin-turbo high-output EcoBoost engine.
Ford revealed in a press note that alongside the EcoBoost engine, the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has been blessed with its all-new 10-speed transmission and exclusive transfer case. The performance churned out of the engine will enable the F-150 Raptor take on with ease any off-road challenge thrown at the beast of a vehicle. Ford has priced its F-150 Raptor at below the MSRP of $50,000. Ford revealed in its press note that the estimated EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2017 F-150 Raptor are 15 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary.
Ford claims that its dual-mode transfer case is what makes the Raptor a stunning drive regardless of the driving conditions. The F-150’s driving experience is similar to a clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive capability, while also providing the confidence of a mechanically-locked, durable four-wheel drive system for severe, off-road environments.
Another awesome feature of the Raptor is that it has been made using the same high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body and fully boxed high-strength steel frame as the F-150 trucks and despite this it is 500 pounds lighter than the 2014 model.
The all-new 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine has been an impressive addition to the Ford’s lineup of engines with the engine gaining a respect among truck enthusiasts and racing fans alike. In order to ensure that the already robust and efficient EcoBoost engine delivers the performance needed by off-roaders, Ford Performance team has tuned the new engine further to incorporate improvements such as a new twin direct and port-fuel injection strategy, stronger and lighter crank and valvetrain components, a redesigned twin-turbocharger system with electronic wastegate, and a redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.
Then there are more aggressive turbo compressors with increased boost calibrations, cast stainless steel manifolds and full dual exhaust, oil-cooled pistons and more aggressive engine control calibrations.
Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission, which will be a standard on the 2017 Raptor, features Auto Start-Stop and an integrated electric pump that improve driving efficiency. The transmission’s closer ratio between gears and Ford-patented hydraulic control system better optimize the power and torque curves of the new 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine.
Raptor’s all-new adaptive shift algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain and driver control signals in real time – ensuring the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including Raptor’s normal, sport, weather, mud/sand, rock/crawl and Baja modes. In addition, a high-speed, one-way clutch allows for non-sequential shifting.
Weight savings play a key role in improved shift performance. The 10-speed gearbox – the first from Ford not to employ cast-iron components – uses advanced materials and alloys that result in less weight. Additionally, an integrated torque converter/turbine clutch helps shed more than two pounds, while also reducing the packaging footprint. Check out the video below: