Two years ago, I test drove a Ford Raptor. It was an amazing vehicle that drew crowds everywhere I went. I loved that truck. Now Ford has given me something else to love – the all-new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew.
Developed with the DNA of a Baja race truck, the F-150 Raptor is a unique off-road and performance vehicle. Powered by Ford’s new, second-generation high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which is rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, the Ford F-150 Raptor can tackle desert landscapes and rocky terrains.
The F-150 Raptor’s new transfer case combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive to send power to the wheels in slippery conditions. The pioneering off-road driving Terrain Management System with six preset modes help the truck power through different terrain and driving conditions:
- Normal mode for everyday driving
- Street mode for higher-performance, on-road driving
- Weather mode for rain, snow, or ice
- Mud and sand mode for muddy and sandy trails and terrain
- Baja mode for high-speed desert running
- Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling
The F-150 Raptor is built with high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy. These advanced materials help save up to 500 pounds for improved off-road prowess. Combined with all-new EcoBoost engine technology, the next-generation F-150 Raptor’s power-to-weight ratio has been improved, making the truck even more agile and light.
The F-150 Raptor comes standard with new FOX Racing Shox that work to damp and stiffen suspension travel over rough terrain, helping prevent the truck from bottoming out.
The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada this fall.
Frederick J. Goodall is the Editor-in-Chief of Mocha Man Style, media spokesperson, event host, photographer, and a top social media influencer in Houston, TX. He likes to write about fashion, cars, travel, and health.