The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has officially been rated at 450 HP (331 kW), following the model’s introduction earlier this month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At that moment, the Blue Oval company said the new engine will be more powerful than the outgoing V8 6.2-liter which delivers 416 HP (306 kW) and 587 Nm (434 lb-ft) of torque. During an interview last weekend, the firm’s global product development vice president Raj Nair said the newly developed 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine is capable of outputting an impressive 450 HP.
The model is being described as the “ultimate high-performance off-road pickup” and comes equipped with a 10-speed automatic gearbox sending power to a new 4WD system benefiting from a torque-on-demand transfer case. The 2015 Ford F-150 Raptor also comes with a new Terrain Management System which allows the driver to select from various modes: normal, street, weather, mud/sand, baja and rock. Depending on selection, it changes the calibration of the driveline, traction control, powertrain, AdvanceTrac stability control system as well as for the anti-lock brakes.
At an additional cost, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor can receive a Torsen front differential while the overall weight of the model has been reduced by more than 227 kg (500 lbs) compared to its predecessor thanks to a more extensive use of aluminum.
The vehicle is programmed to go on sale in the fall of 2016 at a yet undisclosed price tag.