From dust to glory in the latest Ford Raptor
The long-awaited 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is here. It's huge, it's badass and it's gonna sell like hotcakes.
The old 6.2-liter V8 has been replaced by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Yup, the Raptor has gone turbo.
It's tough to cry about the loss of the V8, however, when power output is up. The new Raptor makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
The new power plant is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Yes, 10 of the speeds.
Improved 3.0 Fox shocks allow for 13 inches of travel in the front and 13.9 inches in the rear.
All that travel means the Raptor is a beast in the desert, taking on terrain at speeds that would decimate a regular pickup truck.
Did I mention the Raptor is big? It's 86.3 inches wide and your choice of either 134-inch or 146-inch wheelbase.
Every truck comes with Raptor-specific 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 tires mounted on 17-inch wheels.
Donuts are pretty much mandatory.
The interior is spacious, as you would expect. Sync3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available.
Probably the only truck with a center stripe on the steering wheel.
The Raptor gets six different driving modes: Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja and Rock. Each adjusts transmission, engine, transfer case and steering parameters for optimal performance.
All your needed info is directly in front of you in a multifunctional screen in the gauge cluster.