2018 Ford Raptor: First Look

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While at a recent media event at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, to drive Ford Raptors on the half-mile NASCAR dirt track, we had a bit of a surprise. Sitting among the blue and silver 2017 F-150 Raptors that Ford Performance brought to the event was a bright Race Red Raptor — a color we've never seen before on the off-roader; they all seem to be blue or silver. I asked whether this was something special and was nonchalantly informed that this was, in fact, a 2018 Raptor.

So, have a look, truck fans, at the latest version of Ford's go-anywhere-at-top-speed ultra-pickup. The changes for 2018 are few, relegated mostly to cosmetic tweaks and some new equipment, but then not much really needs to change on this factory-built race truck that you can take to the grocery store across the Grand Canyon.

The best way to identify a new '18 Raptor is by the tailgate. On base models, it's stamped with the F-150 moniker, but on mid-level and luxury trims it has a new all-caps FORD appliqué affixed as standard. The 2018 model also gets four new colors: Guard (green), Magma Red (burgundy), Stone Gray and Lead Foot. The new Raptor will not get the new grille, headlights and taillights the rest of the 2018 F-150 lineup will sport and since the Raptor already has a unique front and rear end, we guess Ford decided it didn't need a freshening yet.

Inside, there's only one big new development for 2018: the addition of the B&O Play premium audio from Bang & Olufsen. It includes a new speaker on top of the dash, front and center, and I can attest that after a brief drive in the '18, the system truly sounds fantastic.

Check out the gallery of 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor photos below, and stay tuned for a First Drive of the 2018 Ford F-150 that's coming soon.

Cars.com photos by Aaron Bragman

 

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Comments

where's the short wheelbase regular cab Raptor?

Ford missed the opportunity to correct the too small wheel size, for 2018. 18" for 2018.

They should make the letters larger, I can barely read them.

Welcome to 2010 Ford, since I enjoy my Infinity speakers system with 9 speakers and subwoofer with center speaker integrated into the top of the dashboard in my RAM 1500 Laramie . Ford's execution looks like garage aftermarket installation.

Smaller wheels are preferable off-road in most any situation.

They should have at least color matched the FORD tailgate lettering to the truck. Kinda just blends in with the black.

Still not a fan of exhaust tips under the bumper, just something to beat up IF you ever take this thing offroad. In the grocery store parking lots, the dual exhaust looks cool.

Maybe they should look at redesigning the body, that has to be one of the UGLIEST TRUCKS made. The letters are that big because only the partially blind buy them.

Maybe they should look at redesigning the body, that has to be one of the UGLIEST TRUCKS made. The letters are that big because only the partially blind buy them.

Maybe they should look at redesigning the body, that has to be one of the UGLIEST TRUCKS made. The letters are that big because only the partially blind buy them.

Maybe they should look at redesigning the body, that has to be one of the UGLIEST TRUCKS made. The letters are that big because only the partially blind buy them.

I could not read what the tailgate stated, please use bigger font.

Great job again Ford, a real off-roader, not a baby one.

Yet no V8. Inexcusable for a $60,000 truck aimed at performance.

@RAM I agree, the center speaker in my 2016 Platinum Tundra is flush with the dash. that center speaker in the picture looks like an audio shop threw a speaker grill on the dash.

A coworker (in his 50s) has a 2014 F-150 and he has blew every door speaker in his truck before 20k miles. Granted Ford warrantied each speaker, he said the dealership says they keep speakers in stock because this is normal for Fords to blow speakers! Hopefully the new sound system is better quality than what Ford has used in the past...

JUNK, PURE JUNK.

Those twin tailpipes make this truck sound like twice the ricer. Ford has had to invest heavily into fake V8 sounds in order to mask this ricer engine exhaust note.

I hate Fords.

There is a lot of jealosy in evidence in these comments. If you don't want to read about the most dominant truck on the road today save yourself some time and just don't. And, don't take the time to comment, especially the same comment more than once.

If you think the 450 hp twin turbo v6 sounds bad, you should here how all gm v8s since 2007 sound when the cylinders deactivate to 4 cylinders.

But im sure all the chebbie fans will soon be ok with the sound of a v6 because once again chebbie will be copying ford and offer a twin turbo v6 in the 2019 models.

Yeah Chevy fans are stupid. "We have steel bodies and V8s" (like Ford doesn't know how to use its OLD technology.

No manufacturer builds a higher performance more advanced fullsize off road pickup.

The ONLY SuperTruck in production and its profitable.

No matter how much you little b!tch@s cry and whine it doesn't change those facts.

@GMSRGreat. Funny you mention the tail piles as that is the only thing you will see as this Raptor with 35" AT tires smokes your 6.2 on street tires. Sound is subjective. While I do enjoy the old rumble of a V8, I would take performance over sound all day long.

Did I miss something? What changed? It still has the 2015-2017 headlights and taillights and I can't tell anything else.

@GMSRGreat. Funny you mention the tail piles as that is the only thing you will see as this Raptor with 35" AT tires smokes your 6.2 on street tires. Sound is subjective. While I do enjoy the old rumble of a V8, I would take performance over sound all day long.

Posted by: Smokin' a 6.2 | Aug 16, 2017 11:43:20 AM

.1 tenth of a second 0-60 is hardly getting smoked. Especially when one is a work truck capable of pulling 12,500 lbs and the other has only a 1200 lbs load capacity which includes passengers.

Why is it that I have never seen one of these truck's dirty ?
The answer is because they usually don't get dirty driving through parking lots and city streets .Street Queen's I guess you could call them.

Why is it that I have never seen one of these truck's dirty ?
The answer is because they usually don't get dirty driving through parking lots and city streets .Street Queen's I guess you could call them.

@GMSRGreat. .1s my butt. More like .5-.6s. Also throw 35's on that Chevy and see what that gets u. The non Raptor F150 is as fast as that 6.2. When you make things up you lose all credibility. Not that you had any to start with.

Yeah that's what I'm talking about keep it up FORD. Make the GARBAGE MOTORS FAN GIRLIES TO HATE YOU SO THAT WAY THEY DIED OF ENVY. HAHAHAHAHAHAH. AND THAT'S A REAL TRUCK NOT A BULL S**T LIKE THE LITTLE ZR2 FROM GARBAGE MOTORS .HAHAHAHAHAHAH

@gms, sorry you have to continue to defend again, very sad.

They can use my users name all they want cause that ain't gonna chance my point of view of criticises GARBAGE MOTORS AKA (GM) . And yes they are pure JUNK.LOL

And I hate GARBAGE MOTORS PRODUCT. THEY COPY FORD ALL THE TIME. THEY ARE FOLLOWERS. HAHAHA.

@GMSRGreat. .1s my butt. More like .5-.6s. ......... When you make things up you lose all credibility. Not that you had any to start with.

Posted by: Smokin' a 6.2 | Aug 16, 2017 12:29:42 PM

Credibility coming from Ford or a Ford fan.... HAHAHA!!

Here's credibility. Just so you know, I never lie.

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2015-chevrolet-silverado-1500-4x4-62l-v-8-8-speed-test-reviews

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/g6552/10-quickest-trucks/

Those twin tailpipes make this truck sound like twice the ricer. Ford has had to invest heavily into fake V8 sounds in order to mask this ricer engine exhaust note.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Aug 16, 2017 10:17:56 AM

2017 F-150 Raptor 0-60 in 5.0 seconds , 1/4 mile in 13.7 @ 100 mph. Source: Car and Driver

2015 Silverado High Country 6.2 ( 8 spd Auto) 0-60 5.7 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.3 @ 98mph. Source: Car and Driver

I see where you're coming from, those exhaust notes gotta sound even worse when you're behind them.

@ GMSRGREAT

You have to excuse ford fan-boys. They are always in denial! The 6.2L will beat or tie with their junk blown lawn mower motors! Like I always say. Let me strap a supercharger or turbos on a 5.3 or 6.2 and see how your gerbil engines will do.

Compare NA engines to NA engines......oh wait you can't bc Ford doesn't offer one..(excluding the 5.0L---which is a car engine!!!) and that should be compared to a 5.3L

And don't say the 6.2L for fords bc they are not offered in 150's anymore!! WHAT A SHAME!!

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-ford-f-150-raptor-crew-cab-test-review

I apologize, this article has the Raptor a slow 5.1 0-60 and 13.8 @ 100mph 1/4 mile. That's one fast lawn mower.....

@2.7EcoboostRoost

Yet all you ford boys yesterday's argument was who cares if our Super Duty gets beat 0-60, 1/4mile, pulling, ect......
Now your saying it does matter bc the Raptor can go 0-60 faster than a stock 6.2L, which its made more for economy, while the Raptor is made for speed, off road, deserts, ect.....Make up your minds you silly small minded individuals!!

BTW motor trend just did a review....see how well your Raptor did against the ZR2 and Power Wagon

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/ram/2500/2017/chevrolet-colorado-zr2-vs-ford-f-150-raptor-vs-ram-2500-power-wagon/

Comparing how cylinder deactivation sounds which hardly sounds like anything at all to the whiny 3.5 V6 is laughable. I hardly hear my 5.3 switch to 4cyl because I actually use mine as a real work truck unlike most fanboys here, but when it does it just gets quieter. If anything road noise drowns it out especially at freeway speeds. Never does it sound awful, it sounds like a normal V8 like every other full size V8 I have owned, unlike the 3.5 which whines at all RPM's off idle all the way up to a tone that sounds like a goose yelling inside a tunnel. Again, there is no defense of Ford's dumb decision to offer only a V6 in their performance truck that costs twice as much as a regular truck. All I hear is denial and projection of anger.

TNTGMC, in real world testing it turned out to be a total stinker and failed at what it was supposedly designed to do. I'm not surprised. Fanboys love to hear how their favorite truck beats everything else on paper or in rigged tests on this site, but in real life it's an overhyped mess for a lot of money. Sounds like crap too. Still no excuses for a 70 grand truck with a V6, third place or not.

Boring, It's just another boring Claptor story.

@ BD

You nailed it on the head!! Exactly my point

BUILT FORD JUNK!!!

Would be a blast to bomb around in the desert in the Raptor. It is not for everyone but still cool. It should have a V8 though.

@ GMSRGreat. Yes credibility. When you make stuff up you have no credibility. There is not one publication that shows the 6.2 within .1 of the Raptor 3.5TT. There are many showing the regular F150 within .1 of the 6.2 and some that even have it .1 ahead. I consider that the same as the std deviation is not large enough to call one faster than the other.

Fords are slow, always have been with their junk engines. Thats why all the smart people put GM engines in their Fords HAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

@ Johnny dope. What a stupid comment. How do you explain the 3.5TT against the 6.2. There is a good reason a lot of project cars/ trucks have SBC's in them and it's not because they are fast. They are dirt cheap and parts are everywhere. Kind of like McDonalds Hamburgers.

There is a good reason a lot of project cars/ trucks have SBC's in them and it's not because they are fast.

Posted by: Smokin' a 6.2 | Aug 16, 2017 7:27:12 PM

You need to open up a GM performance manual.

@ GMSRGreat. Yes credibility. When you make stuff up you have no credibility. There is not one publication that shows the 6.2 within .1 of the Raptor 3.5TT.

Posted by: Smokin' a 6.2 | Aug 16, 2017 5:26:32 PM

What? You didn't read the R & T link I proved with the top ten quickest pick-ups. You are correct however has that article displays the Raptor behind the 6.2 by. 4 seconds.

I can't help but yawn when I look at that. Even the Raptor is yawning with that wide-open mouth of a grill.

@ TNTGMC,

I was just trying to inform some of the uneducated posters on PUTC. See below

"Fords are slow, always have been with their junk engines. Thats why all the smart people put GM engines in their Fords HAHAHA!!!!!!!!!"
Posted by: johnny doe | Aug 16, 2017 7:10:38 PM



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