Ford has debuted the innovation-laden 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew pickup truck at the NAIAS in Detroit this week. From first impressions, the truck is an improvement over its predecessors in power-to-weight ratio and it also features a plethora of new tech.
With more room for passengers and equipment to haul around, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine powered car sheds 500 pounds. With a 10-speed transmission and torque-on-demand transfer case, the truck features headlock-capable wheels. Painted Avalanche Grey, the car signifies durability.
Based on the DNA of a Baja race truck, the performance off-road F-150 has four full-size doors and a 145-inch wheelbase that is 12 inches longer than the standard Raptor SuperCab 133-inch wheelbase.
The new features simply mean the Raptor can handle “rock crawling and sand running” so it will be an off-road delight to owners. The high-strength steel and military grade, aluminum alloy all point to quality and the power-to-weight ratio has improved as well.
The Raptor’s 6.2-liter V-8 generates 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque and the four-wheel drive pick-up also features all-new Terrain Management System to segment the performance to new heights. These include street mode for higher performance on-road and Baja mode for high-speed desert running. The F-150 Raptor has FOX Racing Shox standard for “custom internal bypass technology that works to damp and stiffen suspension travel over rough terrain, helping prevent the truck from bottoming out,” according to a Ford press release.
The Ford F-150 Raptor, built in Dearborn, Michigan, will be on sale in the U.S. and Canada in the fall.
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