Drum roll please. Ford is finally handing out the power numbers for the all-new 2017 Ford Raptor before it hits the road in a matter of weeks. Sure, they were leaked a few weeks ago in a reported dealer document, but confirmation is everything.
The new Raptor will deliver an impressive 450-horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
Ford confirmed the big news at the State Fair of Texas on Thursday. It was the perfect venue, since Texas is ground zero when it comes truck wars.
Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager Doug Scott ran down the numbers while standing next to a 2017 Raptor prototype in one of his favorite colors.
“I think this avalanche color is going to be a really appealing one,” Scott told me after the press conference. “You know black, silver are generally the most popular, but I really like the avalanche, I think it’s going to be really cool.”
Back to those numbers. The horsepower is up 39 and the torque is up 76 thanks to Ford’s second-generation 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine. It replaces the cast-iron 6.2-liter V8 used in the last model. It delivered 411-horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is mated to Ford’s new 10-speed transmission with Auto Stop/Start and exclusive transfer case. The dual-mode transfer case supplies clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive capability regardless of road conditions. At the same time, it also provides a mechanically-locked, durable four-wheel drive system for severe, off-road environments.
It’s all managed by a six-mode Terrain Management System. One of those is Baja Mode. It automatically engages a mechanically locked 4X4 high, and optimizes throttle response, shifting and boost control to provide improved off-road capability.
Now let’s talk about some other digits. The new Raptor sheds up to 500 pounds over the 2014 model thanks to its new high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy platform. It’s the same one used on the current F-150 truck. The Raptor also improves fuel economy 23 percent over the old model. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are 15 city, 18 highway and 16 combined miles.
The whole package makes the Raptor a halo for the whole F-150 lineup, both then and now, according to Scott.
“Raptor’s been an off the charts success in the first-generation that we had 2010 through the 2014 model and we’ve been off market for two years, so there’s been a lot of anticipation of bringing this really popular and successful product back to market,” Scott told me. “Now to be able to combine those power ratings with a truck that weighs 500 pounds less, so that really improves the power to weight ratio and then add more suspension travel you can let your imagination run wild for what they will facilitate with off-road performance.”
If all this makes the next Ford Raptor the truck for you, you won’t be alone if the past is any indication.
“In 5 model years we didn’t have a single incentive on the product,” Fox told me. “It was always much more in demand. If you talk to the owners for those first-generation products those trucks are worth what they paid for them, so the resale value has been tremendous.”
Ford highlighted a few other facts at its State Fair of Texas event as well. Seventeen percent of F-Series trucks are sold in Texas. That’s almost one of every 5. Dallas is the number one market for the Ford Super Duty.
The new 2017 Raptor goes on sale later this fall. The Supercab starts from $49,520 for the Supercab, the Supercrew from $52,505.