2018 Ford Raptor: First Look

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By Aaron Bragman

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

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

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Aug 16, 2017 1:25:26 PM

Here's some more credibility for you......

The little 2.7 churned out the same 5.7 seconds 0-60 as the Chevy. You can hate Ford all you want, but that is impressive. You should hope that Chevy's version of Fords innovation is as good. These twin turbo engines are amazing in trucks. Low torque curve, they pull amazing, are fast/fun and can get pretty good mpg if you try.

@ GMSRGreat. Stay in the present DBag. This is 2017 talking about a 2018 Raptor. The 2015 Raptor had the older 3.5TT and heavier tires than the Chevy. The regular F150 was just as fast at that chevy back in 2015. Fast forward to the present and the Raptor smokes that 6.2.

Basic rule - If you're writing an article titled '2018 Ford Raptor: First Look,' take pictures before it gets soiled. Otherwise it just defeats the purpose.

And the Ford trucks steering wheel is centered with the drivers seat. Unlike the 1.5 inch (engineered mistake) to the right offset with the chevy or gmc. If GM can't get the wheel centered with the seat, no wonder they needed Ford to help them make a 10 speed transmission. There 8 speed is another example of engineered mistakes.

Getting my 2018 Raptor in a week or so. Can't wait to go GM and Dodge hunting...

@ 2.7EcoboostRoost
You should hope that Chevy's version of Fords innovation is as good.

Can you please enlighten us on what exactly Ford innovated.?

Ford's are HOT!


I love Ford but I think the sound of this truck is offensive.

Fake engine noises in the cabin are fraudulent too. I would be OK with it if they made each owner sign an acknowledgement letter! Most people who buy one test drive it and think it sounds great, not knowing that their trick sounds like a Camry outside.

*truck sounds like a Camry outside.

No v8 it is not even worth talking about

I currently own a 2017 GMC Sierra Denali. Anyone who thinks GMC trucks are better, should seriously seek professional mental help. Transmission sucks, power is good but the ride is horrible. Bose stereo looks ok and sound great, but the interior is a mixture of cheap plastic and crap so the sounds is screwed by creeks, rattles, and the like. Been dreaming of a Raptor for years, and finally I ordered a 2018. Drove one last week and it is 100% amazing.

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