2017 Ford Raptor lends more torque, for less fuel

Ford’s 2017 model of the F-150 Raptor has a lighter body and deliver 21% more torque thanks to its 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor delivers a 21% improved average torque-to-weight ratio compared to the 2014 model.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor delivers a 21% improved average torque-to-weight ratio compared to the 2014 model.

Ford’s 2017 F-150 Raptor has launched in the region, delivering all the essential characteristics of the 2014 model, but with a lower body weight and greater torque output and fuel performance.

The 2017 Raptor uses the same high-strength steel frame and aluminium alloy body design as the 2014 model, but weighs in 227 kg lighter.

Combined with its second-generation EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission, it delivers a 21% improved average torque-to-weight ratio and a 23% improvement in EPA-rated combined fuel economy compared with the previous generation Raptor.

The 3.5-litre engine produces more power with greater efficiency than the current 6.2-litre V8, delivering 421PS at 6,000rpm and 678Nm of torque at 3,750rpm.

“The Raptor was designed to be a no-compromise, off-road performance machine, and as one of the most successful and popular trucks in the world, it represents Ford’s determination to sit at the top of the truck food chain,” said Thierry Sabbagh, managing director of Ford Middle East.

Developed with the design DNA of a Baja race truck, F-150 Raptor is rare among off-road and performance vehicles in having a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain.

The F-150 Raptor’s chiselled looks are reminiscent of Trophy Trucks – the fastest and most powerful class of off-road pickups. The Raptor is 150mm wider than the standard F-150 for stability off-road.

The 2017 model also boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich all-terrain tyres designed for off-road performance.

The 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine improvements include a new twin direct and port-fuel injection strategy, stronger and lighter crank and valvetrain components, a redesigned twin-turbocharger system with electronic wastegate, and a redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.

It also has more aggressive turbo compressors with increased boost calibrations, cast stainless steel manifolds and full dual exhaust, oil-cooled pistons and more aggressive engine control calibrations.

Raptor’s 10-speed transmission meanwhile deploys adaptive algorithms to select the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including modes for mud and sand and rock/crawl.

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