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Sunday 25 September 2016
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2017 Ford Raptor SuperCrew Adds Room, Enhanced Suspension

2017 Ford Raptor SuperCrew Adds Room, Enhanced Suspension

The Raptor is now ready for pack travel. Ford is giving its long-awaited F-Series based pickup a four-door SuperCrew option. It offers all the benefits of the popular standard Ford Raptor with the comfort of a full size cabin.

Ford revealed the 2017 F-150 SuperCrew beast this week at the Detroit Auto Show. It basically takes the current Raptor and adds on a full size second row with full size doors. It’s 12-inches longer to be exact for a total wheelbase of 145-inches versus the standard SuperCab Raptor’s 133-inches.

The SuperCrew gets the same all-new twin-turbo, intercooled, DOHC, 24-valve, 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with direct injection that is in the 2017 standard Raptor. This gives it 411-horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shifting mode is standard. Four-wheel drive with torque-on-demand mode powers exclusive 17-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires.

ford raptor supercrew

The new model gets a new transfer case that adjust how much power is sent to the front and rear-wheels. It uses clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive, with each of the wheels using mechanical-locking for the best grip even in slippery conditions.

Compared to the normal F-150 pickup, the Raptor is 6-inches wider to allow for greater off-roading stability and overall handling. The new model debuted last year at Detroit with Ford’s new high-strength military grade aluminum alloy. This new lighter and stronger body material sheds 500 pounds off the Raptor. This is paired to more high-strength steel than the previous model.

2017 Ford Raptor Supercrew

There are six preset drive modes that adjust the trucks power to maximize control on different terrains. The first two are Normal and Street that are designed for everyday on road driving with Street offering more performance handling. Weather mode is designed for foul weather from rain to snow and ice. The last three modes are where the Raptor really shows off. Mud/sand mode is ready to off-road on sandy and muddy trails. Baja mode, by far has the coolest name, is designed for high-speed desert racing. Rock mode shifts the car into low-speed rock roving.

The 2017 Raptor SuperCrew goes on sale this fall.

Photo Credit: Ford/NAIAS