2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: First Look

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Ford pulled the wraps off one of the worst-kept secrets at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with the reintroduction of the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor (no more SVT in the name). The Raptor will be available in fall 2016 and will have quite a few significant modifications.

The look of the gen-two Raptor echoes the original, with 6-inch-wider front and rear wide-mouth fender flares to house the 35-inch BFG All-Terrain tires. The front grille has been reshaped with new materials and gives the Ford nameplate more prominence.

The biggest news is under the hood, where a significantly improved 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 will produce more power than ever before. All Ford would tell us is that it will be more than 411 horsepower and 434 pounds-feet of torque, which is the rating for the Raptor's previously available 6.2-liter V-8 engine option. We've also been told that equivalent Raptors (2014 versus 2017) will have a weight difference of approximately 500 pounds due in large part to the new F-150 Raptor exterior (body panels, cab and bed) being made out of aluminum.

Mated to this new motor will be an all-new 10-speed transmission, which will be the first application of the unit; it will likely spread to other F-150 models throughout the lineup.

Another first for the Raptor, and likely for the entire F-150 lineup, will be the use of a smarter, more sophisticated terrain management system that will allow the driver to make off-road performance changes to the truck via a terrain control center. The new system will allow the driver to select between six modes to give the vehicle the best chance to conquer any challenges that may come on extreme rock trails, high-speed desert courses, at the track or in slushy snow. The modes are Normal, Street, Weather (for rain, snow and ice), Mud-Sand, Baja and Rock.

Thankfully, Ford has upgraded the Fox shock package to give the Raptor even more heat-dissipation strength and capability. Of course, the full length of the F-150's frame has been redesigned for added strength and durability.

The Raptor took a hiatus for the 2015 and 2016 model years to give the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan time to get settled. The new Raptors will only be made in Dearborn, as before, and it will be a long time before we hear anything about price. 

To read the full press release, click here.

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Very nice!!! Great job ford. The rest of the manufactures, toyota has a nice attempt at competition, have nothing to compete with a raptor.

I am in no way a Ford guy, but this thing looks great! I like it more than the F-150 and always liked the Atlas concept this Raptor is based on. And ten speeds? Not sure that is needed. I've head the Jeep Cherokee doesn't even use the 9th gear.

I am in no way a Ford fan, but this truck is great looking. Like it much more than the F-150. Much more true to the Atlas concept it is based on.

I'll take two!

Darn it, it keeps looking better and better.

They said next generation EcoBoost, which would be the same technology as the 2.7. I imagine then that Ford is going to do a compacted graphite 3.5 with stop/start, which will also be used in the GT, future regular F150s, and possibly an option on the Super Duty.

Oh snap, this is going to be a bad day at Fiat and GM.

I like the idea of different terrain settings and I hope that Ford makes it available on the rest of the lineup as the current traction/stability control settings get in the way of off-roading unless in 4lo. Even the e-locker on the standard F150 was stupid especially with traction/stability control.

@BenThere - the 9 speed isn't as good as the 10 speed in FCA products.
TTAC had a couple of great articles explaining both the 9 speed and 10 speed.

So, the mighty Ford Raptor will be powered by the same turbo V6 that goes into the fatso cars like the Expedition and the Navigator?

Boy, that's exciting.

Ford must really trust the new version of the 3.5 ecoboost if they are putting it in the new ford gt. I really like the new look of the front end of the truck.

Also very interested to see how the 10 speed does. Should be pretty good. Being co developed by gm and ford I would bet they have very high standards for that transmission.

I just wish the would offer V8s as options and maybe they are. The Twin tube VA with just be the premium engine?

Just saw the new Ford GT & GT350, damn it Ford.

Looks good,but I don't like what Ford has done..

I don't like V-6 engines..I want a V-8,so its GM or FCA for me !

GM 6.2 gets 19 average mpg !!! WOW !!

I hope the Dodge RAM gets the 6.4 HEMI and I wonder what power gains are coming for the 5.7 HEMI.

Too bad Ford has done what Chrysler did in the 80's small motors..Dont like it in trucks..they work harder and more problems down the road.Ask any mechanic...Bigger motors last longer with less problems,no turbo's ect..no overheating when pulling for long periods,especially if you keep your truck long..You know 7 years later 250,000 miles.

Maint. is a big deal for the eco-Boost engines,needs lots and often..

I don't like small motors in trucks,sure they can have performance..like my 87 Dodge Daytona 2.2 turbo II,it beat 5.7 GM and 5.0 Ford's of the day.

FYI,Ford truck is engineered by X Chrysler employee's..Plymouth Prowler was all Aluminum,that team went on to Ford..

@ Lou BC Thanks. I just found it interesting that FCA uses a 9 for it's smaller cars with 4 and 6 cylinders, and only 8 speed for it's big vehicles. I'm no engineer but I wonder if manufacturers are considering 2 speed differentials for lighter duty applications like the Raptor and Ram PowerWagon. I've heard the new gear ratio in the PowerWagon is higher now than previous generations. Why not throw in a two speed diff, one setting for off-road the other for highway.
Just a thought

I own a 09 F-150 and also a '14 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel... The Ram is WAY nicer than my Ford and I love the MPG of the Ram. That said this new Raptor is BADA##!! I have been really disappointed in Ford for their MPG's but in the Raptor who cares!!

@BenThere, that's just what ZF has available for those applications, the ZF-8 appears to be a far better transmission than that 9 speed anyway. The 9 speed is for small transverse engines. 8 speed is for RWD.

I like the grill/front bumper layout better on the Raptor than the F-150s. Not so much the bold FORD but the way the bumper drops in the center. Just my 2 cents worth.

And I've read that the head of ZF says they don't plan on going much higher than 9 speeds. If i read it right they say it doesn't benefit all that much more.
I just find it interesting that they are using more gears for a smaller vehicles as opposed to their larger ones. I would think the larger the vehicle the more gears.
It'll will be interesting to see how the GM/Ford 10 speed works.
Clearly the 8 speed in the Ram has done wonders. Esp with the VM Diesel.

Nissan who?

Well Raptor still has the market cornered on cool 1/2 ton badassery. Im glad it looks and works as awesomely as it does while also paying for itself and then some.

The new raptor looks amazing. Defiantly going to buy one when it comes out to replace my 2010 5.4l raptor. I have been waiting for a long time for them to drop the 6.2l in favor of the ecoboost im also glad they relocated the aux switch to the roof gives me a place to put my phone now.

Love everything about it except the Ecoboost V6.

I know it was far fetched but I was really hoping Ford would shoe horn the flat plane 5.2L V8 in this truck.

And before everyone blasts me about how the 5.2L is race engine designed to rev to the moon...Well doesn't that sort of suit what a Raptors Purpose is? RACING through the desert at high speeds.

Sure some people will tow with their Raptors, but only a moron would try and tow something heavier than a fishing boat with one of these, that's simply not it's intended design function.

Flat plane V8 is the wrong design for this application.

The Ecoboost motor will do fine. Sad thing is the 3.5 liter Ecoboost we have now is a pale comparison to the original design with Bosch controls and injection system. If Ford gets the performance back up to what was originally developed the neigh-sayers might finally back off.

But If I were a betting man, I'd bet that they are going to just use the std updated version which means: 380 hp (283 kW) @5250 rpm, 460 lb·ft (624 N·m) @2750 rpm

A Power Wagon would be more my demographic but in the target market for this type of truck having less weight and more power is a home run by Ford. I'd rather have the big 6.2 but a guy can only fight technology and advancements for so long lol.

Ford is going to sell these fast as they can make them. Best looking truck I've seen in a long time.

The bold FORD grill and tailgate may be off putting to many but for the guys spending 60K on one of these it'll be pure truckin pornographic goodness.

Ford hit it out of the park with there new sluminum f150. Can't wait till the specs are released on the aluminum superduty. Lighter weight superduty is going to be towing/working beast

@papa jim

"So, the mighty Ford Raptor will be powered by the same turbo V6 that goes into the fatso cars like the Expedition and the Navigator?

Boy, that's exciting."

I don't think I get your point here. Isn't the same 6.2L that powers GMs top of the line 1500 trucks also power the Escalade? Isn't the same 5.7L Hemi that is the most powerful you can get in a Ram 1500 also available in Chrysler SUVs? Same for Toyota and Nissan/Infiniti. So what is the difference?


It's not that difficult. Anybody who's ready to drop 50k (or more) for a sports truck is sweating the gas mileage. They want performance.

Ford has performance-oriented V8s and even V10s in the catalog that could have been used.

The V6 turbo is a great motor for the Expedition, but it waters down the Raptor's style and image.

@587653 revise previous remark to say that Raptor buyers are NOT sweating mileage...

I noticed the back bumper is different than the stock truck. Looks like a better departure angle.

I wonder if the Raptor will gain cargo capacity?

Like the 6.2 Raptor, Ford will sell as many of these as they can build.

Where have I seen start stop, high cog transmissions, select terrain settings. Oh that's right Chrysler. So much for Ford always being the leader in tech and innovation. Like some clown's on here want you to believe. lol

hemi, Ford has been using auto start stop and select terrain for a few years now, ssince 2010. smh.

Incidentally, saw a new SD on the way in. Had a mega-cab type C-pillar, but everything was heavily disguised. Offering an even bigger cab than the regular crew makes sense. I'm still dumbfounded why RAm doesn't offer it on the C/C trucks.

Hopefully this Raptor will bring out a factory Ram Runner with a big healthy great sounding burly V8.

^My 5.4 F150 must be faster than the upcoming Ford GT. It has a bigger engine with more cylinders!

Why not a reg. cab. much better for woods use, and trail use.


I'm going to overlook your Dr Phil BS about guys who like big engines. That said, there's a reason why cubic inches matters here.

Formula One type engines are very small, have huge turbo boost and hi flow cylinder heads, along with very trick intakes and fuel systems. Does anyone seriously propose an F1 engine for the Raptor?

There's a practical limit to this exotic stuff and Ford truck buyers are going to experience it directly when these engines fail to last as long as traditional V8s.

Ecoboost torque comes on over 1000 rpm earlier then fords 6.2 and way earlier then gm's and fiats v8's gassers. 500lbs lighter then the previous raptor and more power available at lower rpms and class leading 10 speed transmission. It's a winner. They are going to sell every $55k-$60k raptor they make a full msrp with no incentives available just like last generation.

@5678, I don't like Turbo lag. It will be interesting driving a turbo engine when driving slow technical off road trails with turbo lag. Does it matter?

"Immediate, predictable response is a requirement in any driver's car. Naturally aspirated engines react without delay to throttle inputs, but a turbo engine is vastly more complicated. It has two torque curves—one when it's off-boost and one when the turbo is at full puff. The transition between the first curve and the second is what we call lag—and both how long it takes and how abruptly it occurs change continually."

"Despite the claims of marketers everywhere, lag can't be eliminated. The holy grail for engineers of turbo engines—from the 1962 Oldsmobile Jetfire to today's boosted cars—has been to manage the lag so that it's unobtrusive in normal driving. Some engines do this better than others. But when we're talking about Ferraris, who cares about normal driving? When you're approaching the handling limit of a well-balanced car, you need precise control of engine output. You may need a quick jolt of torque to induce oversteer or to gradually increase power to keep the car at its limit in a corner. These adjustments need to happen the instant you request them and in direct correlation to pedal input.

A naturally aspirated engine's output is determined by the position of the pedal and the engine speed, period. Turbos change that into a complicated matrix with far too many variables for a driver to keep track of. At best, turbo lag is a handicap. At worst, it turns neutral, throttle-adjustable cars into insolent, uncontrollable, four-wheeled bastards."

So that"s another reason I like big naturally aspirated V8's super charged is what I would prefer over turbo.

This is the reason hemi v8 doesn't like turbo lag......

@5678, Read my above post.

""Despite the claims of marketers everywhere, lag can't be eliminated."



@scotty, RIPP Supercharged Dodge 5.7 Hemi Ram Runner (Raptor Killer)

Give me instant boost with a super charger.


@hemi v8

I think that's a reasonable question. What's the lag gonna be like when doing tight technical terrain like rock crawling or trails. Until someone gets to actually drive one we can all just race keyboards.

@5678, Sure thing buddy. Now your going to tell me what I prefer. Yes I have driven a 2014 Ram Eco diesel at the L.A. auto show. Didn't get to drive it long enough to judge. Would have loved to hit the freeway but didn't get a chance.

So Ford is the only manufacturer with turbo?

Didn't Dodge start the trend in the heavy duty diesel in 92?

Let me see if you can get it this time. DON'T LIKE TURBO LAG.

This trucks suspension can't handle too much power. Did Ford learn anything when the Ram Runner blew it away on the off road track. Money would be better spent on the suspension to support the higher speeds. Put a 5.4 V8 5.0 V8 super charged and upgrade the suspension.

My 03 Ram is modified. Never said I did not like mods. Can you quote me on that. What good is having more horsepower in the Raptor when the truck can't support the speed?

A Ram Runner with less power will spank it on the track simply because you will have to slow down in the Raptor over the whups?

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