Ford, America’s truck leader, has
introduced the all-new F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road
pickup in the company’s lineup.
According to a press release, Ford
has reengineered every part of the F-150 Raptor to make it the toughest,
smartest, most capable off-roader – and more efficient than ever.
“When we created the first
Raptor, we set out to prove vehicle performance isn’t just measured on the
street or at the track – off-road can be even more fun,” said Raj Nair, Ford
group vice president, Global Product Development. “The original Raptor, plus
enhancements on the all-new F-150 set the bar for us to make the all-new Raptor
better in every way,” he added.
The all-new Raptor starts with
a purpose-built frame – the backbone of the truck – that is the strongest in
the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.
Forged from high-strength,
military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps save more than 500 pounds of weight,
Raptor’s exterior design is inspired by Ford’s performance heritage in off-road
racing that includes Best in the Desert, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and
the famous Baja 1000.
Raptor’s chiselled looks are
reminiscent of those found in Trophy Trucks – the most powerful and fastest
Raptor is 6 inches wider than
the standard F-150 for improved stability off-road. The all-new Raptor also
boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation
BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires specifically designed for off-road
This smart pick-up is powered
by Ford’s new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that produces more
power with greater efficiency than the current 6.2-liter V8, which is rated at
411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque.
The high-output 3.5-liter
EcoBoost is a Raptor exclusive in the F-150 lineup. It will be paired with an
all-new 10-speed transmission for improved efficiency.