2017 Ford F-150 Raptor – Drone Footage
This summer an engineering prototype of the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor tackled the dunes at Silver Lake, Mich., State Park.
Redesigned, larger FOX Racing Shox with more suspension travel and all-new terrain management technology help the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor tackle the toughest of surfaces. An available Torsen front differential increases off-road capability further. The system increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades – even when traction is split between the front tires. The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is powered by Ford’s new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sale in Fall 2016.
The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor won’t go on sale until fall 2016, but with a twin-turbo V-6 making more than 500 hp, it should prove worth the wait. A new 10-speed automatic will send power to all four wheels, all the time. Two wheelbase/cab setups will be offered: a 133-in SuperCab and a 145-in four-door SuperCrew. Beefy Fox Racing Shox are onboard while a stout skidplate protects the front. Meaty 35-in tires wrap around 17-in aluminum wheels. This is what Ferrari would build if it built 4×4 pickups.
The new powertrain is bolted to an equally new frame that, while derived from the 2015 F-150’s steel unit, is substantially upgraded to better handle the abuse doled out by full-throttle (sweet) jumps, huge rocks, and whatever else a Raptor can subjugate to its will. Two wheelbases and cab configurations will be offered: a 133-inch-wheelbase, extended-cab SuperCab and a 145-inch, four-door SuperCrew. Following in the F-150’s footsteps, the high-performance truck also switches to aluminum bodywork, shedding a claimed 500 or so pounds in the process. A composite hood and front fenders further reduce mass.
Ford’s stylists somehow managed to massage these fancy new materials in such a way as to imbue the Raptor’s rippling body with even more muscle. The slight upkick to the rear quarter-panels lends the tail an awesome stadium-truck look, and the grille once again boasts giant “Ford” lettering and federally mandated marker lights on account of the truck’s width. Colossal Ford lettering also makes it onto the Raptor’s tailgate, and there are vents on each front fender and another one on the hood, in addition to LED accent lighting everywhere.
So there you have it: your first look at the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor in action. We will be sure to let you know when it arrives here in Myrtle Beach!