On this special edition of Hot Lap, Justin will be reviewing the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor with comparison, specs and a wild test-drive. Hot Lap is AmericanMuscle’s monthly video capturing the hottest news in the Mustang & F-150 World, spanning many generations and communities. We cover everything from the sickest Mustangs around, new parts that we carry, parts we are giving away, news from Ford, and everything in between. Update: We will now be doing two Hot Lap videos a month to double your viewing pleasure!
King of All Off-Road Factory Trucks
When the Raptor debuted in 2010, it was without a doubt the baddest and craziest truck of its time, at that time. As the years progressed and competition in that category rose, Ford continues to up the ante to what is now the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor EcoBoost. This may be the most factory capable truck of its kind and, on paper, better than its predecessors in every way.
2017 Raptor vs. 2012 Raptor Comparison
When it comes down to power, the 2017 EcoBoost model wins with 450HP and 510 ft-lbs of torque. At the crank, that is even better than the previous generation 6.2L, 411HP and 434 ft-lbs of torque. The new generation also wins in the clearance department with a full 12 inches of clearance over the previous 10 inches. When it comes to travel, you’re looking at an increase of two inches up front and at the When it comes to travel for the suspension, you’re also looking at an increase of two inches up front and at the rear.
As with the original Raptor, the new 2017 edition takes the standard F-150 cabin and enlarges it to make it meaner. The front and the rear of the truck have been widened over six inches. The front hood and fenders now now features vents, which give it an even tougher appearance from up-close and afar. The signature LED running lights can still be found in the large grille with blacked out LED headlights accompanying them.
From the side, you can really see how huge this truck is, especially with its all-new 2017 Fox Racing Suspension. It’s enough clearance to fit in the Raptor’s 35-inch diameter BFGoodrich KO2 tires – exclusive for the newer models. At the rear, the flared bedside panels and completely new bumper give this F-150 just what it needs for an all-around tough look. Although this truck is a 3.5L twin-turbo V6, Ford gave it a new dual exhaust system to make sure they don’t mask the sound that so many love.
Taking a Ride on the Wild Side
Watch Justin wrap up this video by taking a test drive in this bad boy on the highway and some trails. He takes this F-150 Raptor through mud and puddles to see just what it can do. Check out the video to watch Justin test some of the limits of this off-road victor.