10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
Raptor Facts! Things You Might Not Know About The Ford Raptor
Updated October 29, 2018
Fleet sales of 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor have already begun, and soon they’ll be followed by the general population sales as well. The most anticipated truck in recent years thus finally arrives after a long wait. Most details have already been disclosed, but Blue Oval still hides some of the exact specs. Here’s the list of ten facts you might have missed by now.
New Raptor is up to 500 pounds lighter than its predecessor
This is the result of extensive military-grade aluminum use throughout the truck’s body. While the new generation F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing trucks, Raptor still didn’t manage to slim down accordingly. It even shed the heavy old V8 powerplant, but reinforced panels, bolstered undercarriage and extra length have all taken their toll. The F-150 Raptor is still lighter than before, and it’s equally rigid if not more so than before.
Unique tires designed especially for the occasion
Being such a versatile vehicle, F-150 Raptor really needed the unique rubbers. That’s exactly what it had received thanks to BFGoodrich. Their all-terrain T/A KO2 35-inch high tires have been built in order to deliver the best possible performance on and off the road. And all that without sacrificing comfort, or at least not all of it.
Second Gen EcoBoost V6 combines port and direct injection
Although good folks at the Blue Oval still taunt us with the final power output figures, they’ve been kind enough to disclose pretty much everything else about the Raptor powertrain. Second generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will be both port and direct injected. Port injection will be used at low speeds, for economy, while direct injection will switch on at high speeds. It’s a win-win situation really, as you get the best from the both worlds.
The 2017 Raptor will have higher power output than its predecessor even with smaller displacement engine
Although we don’t know the exact power figures, we do know they’ll soar north of what first generation Raptor managed to deliver. Even smaller displacement of 3.5L won’t hinder the new Raptor from topping more than 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque which the old 6.2L V8 yielded a few years back.
The new Raptor shares its transmission with the Camaro ZL1
10-speed automatic transmission developed thanks to Ford-GM collaboration is “the” transmission of the future – no doubt. It will likely swarm over the US market in a few years time, but for now only a handful of vehicles have it. Incidentally, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and Ford F-150 Raptor are the two of those chosen few.
New Terrain-Response System features no less than 6 different modes
That’s right. If you decide to go with the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, you won’t end up short on drive selector modes. Ford engineers have thought about everything and Raptor comes with Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Rock Crawl, and Baja modes to choose from. If that’s not enough to customize your ride, then I really don’t know what is! Take a look for yourself in the video below.
The awesome Baja driving mod takes the cake
You have probably guessed it judging by the name, and you’re right. Baja driving mode converts the new Raptor into unparalleled off-road beast. It does that by taking over control from the AdvanceTrac system and increasing throttle response. At the same time, transmission shifts quicker while holding gears for longer so that the engine remains in its powerband. All in all, Baja mode really utilizes the maximum out of that special Raptor’s suspension and puts the truck through its paces.
The Raptor’s Fox Racing suspension is as unique as it gets
Fox Racing suspension found under the Raptor’s chassis is the ingredient which allows all that desert trekking and rock crawling. It consists of aluminum control arms which allow for 13 and 14 inches of vertical travel up front and around the back respectively. Coil springs up front and leafs at the back are specially tuned as well, and they’re all complemented by the 3-inch shocks. Needless to say, all of these stats are upgrades compared to the first generation Raptor.
Dual turbos deserve dual exhausts
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor comes with real dual exhausts at its rear. When saying real dual exhausts I mean it has two exhaust pipes with separate outputs, and not one pipe which splits into two exhausts after meeting with the muffler.
Tuners will race to offer the best package for it
It’s still a little bit early to speculate on that, but one doesn’t have to think too long in order to figure this one out. Being as versatile as it is, F-150 Raptor will likely attract all kinds of crowds, and some of them will naturally want to spice things up further. While we await first Raptors on the streets, tuners are likely already harassing their drawing boards in hopes to mash up the right optional amalgam which will turn already unique pickup truck into something even more badass.