The first generation Ford SVT Raptor became an instant cult classic among the die-hard Ford pickup truck fans, both here in the States and around the world. The Raptor was the brain child of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team and was designed to tackle the toughest terrains from around the world. It became the most popular pickup in video games, gaining more digital fans than even Ford had imagined. In fact, it became so popular, tuners from Shelby American and Hennessey Performance Engineering went on to create their own versions of this awesome Baja beast. So, when Ford introduced the new F 150 for 2015, the most asked question was “when are we getting the second generation Raptor?” At first, Ford did not say much about this subject, which left many pickup truck enthusiasts disappointed, but at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Ford answered all of questions and then some with the unveiling of the 2017 Ford Raptor pictured above. Without further delay, let’s checkout what is new in the second generation Raptor, shall we?
The first major difference between the old and the new Raptor is the name itself. While the original Raptor was known the Ford SVT Raptor, the new Raptor will be known as the Ford F 150 Raptor. In 2015, Ford’s Special Vehicle Team folded into the global Ford Performance banner and because of this shift, future Ford hot rods will lose the SVT designation from their badges.
The second major difference between the old and the new Raptor are their skeleton. The original Raptor was a heavy beast thanks to its steel construction. Compared to the standard F 150, the Raptor was heavier thanks to the additional chassis braces it required to tackle the tough terrains as a Baja pre-runner truck. However, thanks to the new Aluminum intensive construction of the new Ford F 150, the second generation Raptor is at least 500 pounds lighter than the first generation model.
The third major difference between the old and the new Raptor are their drivetrains. When the original Raptor debuted in 2009, it came standard with a 5.4 L V8 and an optional 6.2 L V8, which generated 411 horsepower and 434 lb.ft. of torque. Both engines were backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. In 2011, the 5.4 L V8 was dropped from the Raptor lineup and soldiered on with the 6.2 L V8 engine as the one and only engine option. For 2017 however, Ford is replacing its thirsty V8 engine with a more efficient and powerful twin-turbo 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 engine. During the debut at the 2015 NAIAS, Ford engineers were mum about the power figures of the new EcoBoost engine, but they assured us that the new engine will make more power than the outgoing 6.2 L V8. Backing the new EcoBoost engine is an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, which is being co-developed by Ford and General Motors for their trucks.
The new Raptor builds on the success of the original Raptor and comes with all the off-road goodies we have come to expect from Ford and the Raptor. The new Raptor returns with enlarged Fox Racing Shocks and springs, which provides greater suspension travel compared to the original truck. For the extreme off roading fans, Ford will offer an optional Torsen limited-slip differential up front and a new transfer case, which is designed to offer more flexible power delivery on various terrains. Speaking of terrains, the new Raptor will come standard with a new Terrain Management System, which has six dynamic driving modes. The included modes are normal, street, weather, mud, baja, and rock. With these six driving modes, the driver will be able to traverse over any and every type of terrain imaginable to him or her.
As with the original Raptor, the new Raptor will come standard with “Ford” stamped front grille and fender flares. It will also come standard with tall, off-road tires and six-inch wider tracks than the standard F 150.
For 2017, the Raptor will also receive a lot of interior enhancements as well. Some key interior additions include paddle shifters (first for the Raptor and the F-series in general) for the 10-speed automatic transmission and overhead switches for additional off roading equipment like roof mounted lights among other features.
If all this information has whetted your appetite for the new 2017 Ford F 150 Raptor, then you will have to wait patiently because right now, the launch date for this new off roading beast from Ford is set at sometime in Fall of 2016. Meanwhile, feel free to click-through the picture slide show below and save one of the images as your background.
Information provided by Ford Motor Company. Images sourced from Ford and Motor Authority.