Recently, Ford added to the Raptor excitement at the Detroit car show when it announced and showed off the SuperCrew model that will round out the Raptor line in 2017. As with the first generation, the new Raptor doesn’t differ from the F-150 much – it has under body armor and long travel suspension with Fox off-road shock absorbers.
The new Raptor is based on the aluminum-intensive F-150, for which Ford claims it can bring curb weights down by 500 pounds. This should result in a Raptor weighing below the 3 tons of its predecessor.
Power to weight
Of course, the lighter weight means more performance, we just don’t know for how much. For now, we have these specs as official: a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6 engine with more power than before. The output should be about 550 hp, although experienced truck-watchers think it will be closer to 450 hp. The new 10-speed automatic transmission should add more to the fuel economy and performance as well. The new V-6 should definitely be better than the previous V-8 engine that powered the last Raptor.
The other mechanical features are a new four-wheel drive system with torque on demand, 17-inch forged alloy wheels with bead lock rims, 35-inch BFG off-road tires and a terrain response system with 6 modes: Normal, Street, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja, and Rock.
To sum it up, the new Raptor should feel most natural off-road. It can be driven in the city of course, but its design has it set for the dirt.
Room with zoom
The advantage of the SuperCrew is definitely the interior volume. With a 145-inch base and standing at 12 inches longer than the SuperCab, the SuperCrew has a bigger interior area. The front-hinged rear doors mean easier access. The huge Ford logo in the front is a classic and it remains in the new model too. The pricing should be revealed by the end of summer.