Ford finally unleashes the 2017 Raptor
A 3.5l-V6 Ecoboost producing 450 Horsepower and 510 Lb-ft torque. World’s first 10-speed transmission adding a 23 percent fuel economy
Ford performance which is previously known as SVT produced the Raptor back in 2010 and since then it was often referred as Porsche 911 GT3 of the truck. This time around Ford finally unleash the much-awaited crunching numbers reflecting the performance from its latest 2nd generation all-new 3.5l-V6 Ecoboost engine.
Well along with the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission the new 3.5l-V6 that was delegated to Ford GT Supercar, the second-generation 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, plus a 23 percent improvement in EPA-estimated combined fuel economy.
A six-mode Terrain Management System aiding the dual-mode transfer case, delivers a driving experience that supplies clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive capability for everyday driving regardless of road conditions, while also providing the confidence of a mechanically-locked, durable four-wheel drive system for severe, off-road environments.
“Raptor was designed to be a no-compromise, off-road performance machine,” said Matt Tranter, Ford Performance engineering supervisor. “That is why we made the switch from the cast-iron V8 to the aluminum block, high-output GTDI V6 EcoBoost engine that our team tuned to add 39 horsepower and 76 lb.-ft. of torque for today’s Raptor.”
Using the same high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body and a fully boxed high-strength steel frame as the current F-150 trucks, the 2017 Raptor is up to 500 pounds lighter than the 2014 model. Combined with a new high-output EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission, the 2017 Raptor delivers a 21 percent improved average torque-to-weight ratio and a 23 percent improvement in EPA-rated combined fuel economy compared with the previous generation Raptor.
EPA estimated fuel economy ratings for the 2017 F-150 Raptor are 15 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary.
Further building on the power-to-weight benefits, the 2017 Raptor delivers more low-RPM torque and better-optimized power bands and shift points across all two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive modes thanks to the 10-speed transmission and torque-on-demand transfer case.
“The torque-on-demand transfer case and six-mode Terrain Management System is unique to Raptor in the Ford family of vehicles,” Tranter said. “It gives you the benefit of a clutched all-wheel-drive system for easy around-town maneuverability in bad weather. Then, there’s Baja Mode, which automatically engages a mechanically locked 4X4 high, and optimizes throttle response, shifting and boost control to provide improved off-road capability. That’s definitely drawing a line in the sand.”
The all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, standard on the 2017 Raptor, features Auto Start-Stop and an integrated electric pump that improve driving efficiency.
The transmission’s closer ratio between gears and Ford-patented hydraulic control system better optimize the power and torque curves of the new 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine.
Raptor’s all-new adaptive shift algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain and driver control signals in real time – ensuring the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including Raptor’s normal, sport, weather, mud/sand, rock/crawl and Baja modes. In addition, a high-speed, one-way clutch allows for non-sequential shifting.