The 2017 Ford Raptor: Less Weight, More Power, Smaller Displacement

The newest version of the Ford Raptor is shaving some weight and upping the power, all while decreasing the engine size.  While some people might become upset by that, what Ford debuted at the 2016 International Autoshow last week promises to deliver everything the outgoing Raptor provided, and then some.

2017 Raptor Powertrain

The outgoing Raptor model made use of both the 5.4L and 6.2L V8, making it a total workhorse with a lot of down-low power. For 2017, Ford is continuing their push with EcoBoost technology, giving the new Raptor a twin turbocharged V6 with direct fuel injection that has been promised to put out more power than the 6.2L V8’s 411 HP and 434 TQ.

While there has been no definitive power ratings released as of yet, the Raptor should have no problem hitting those numbers as it is using the same technology that is powering the all new Ford GT supercar. Ford commented 2017 Ford Raptor Side Shotthat the high-powered EcoBoost engines it develops for sports-car racing influenced some of the production V-6’s improvements, including a new aluminum block and updates to the fuel system, cylinder heads, and internals.

For the Transmission, Ford plans to mate the new TT 3.5 V6 to a 10 speed automatic transmission that will feature a torque-on-demand transfer case and 6 driver-selectable driving modes. The four-wheel-drive transfer case will work with a terrain-mode system to allow the Raptor to tackle any condition, such as mud, snow, rocks, etc.

2017 Raptor Suspension

A hallmark of the Raptor is its world class truck suspension setup that allows it to tackle the most formidable of conditions, and the 2017 Raptor carries that hallmark on. Ford has added large aluminum control arms up front, specially tuned springs (coils in the front, leafs in the rear), and 3″ internal-bypass Fox Racing shocks, notably larger than the previous generations 2.5″ shocks. While Ford has remained air tight on the finer points of the details, they have stated that the suspension travel has improved from the last Raptor’s already insane 11.2″ front travel and 12.1″ rear travel.

While the suspension hardware is the major key to the Raptor’s competition leading handling, the other important aspect is the tire setup. For 2017, the new Raptor will make use of 17″ wheels with 35″ tall BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2s, giving it a smooth and refined street ride as well as incredibly competent off-road abilities.

2017 Raptor Weight and Length

One of the biggest talking points of the next generation Raptor is the diet it has underwent in between models. The prior generation Raptor tipped the scales at around 6,100 lbs in the SuperCab trim. Thanks to the all new aluminum body, composite hood and front feneders, the new Raptor was able to shed an astonishing 500 lbs, making it quite a bit more nimble on and off-road.

Helping to add some sturdy reinforcement so you can hit the trail even harder, the Raptor benefits from a new boxed steel frame that is reinforced and will come in two sizes: SuperCab and SuperCrew. The wheelbase on the SuperCab comes in at 133″ while the new and roomie SuperCrew comes in at 145″.The next generation Raptor

2017 Raptor Price

While details are still murky on the latest and greatest Raptor, it is safe to assume that the new Raptor will be in the same ballpark as the old on in terms of price. In 2014, the Raptor was priced at $46,000 to start (basically no options), so with that in mind we should expect the new Raptor to come in right around $50,000 for a base model and reach up into the 60K range for a fully loaded one.

Be sure to check back to the blog to see the latest details on the new 2017 Ford Raptor and be sure to checkout all of our F-150 parts for your F-Series Truck!


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