2017 Ford F-150 Raptor features and details

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The American truck leader has introduced F-150 Raptor. The off-road pickup delivers an amazing performance, but customers will have to wait till 2017. The company has engineered every part of the truck, to come up with the sturdiest, most efficient and the smartest off-roader. According to the Ford group vice president, Global Product Development-Raj Nair, the original Raptor has been enhanced to make the new Raptor better in every way.

The truck boasts an engine that is more powerful than 6.2 liter V8 – that delivers 411 HP and 434 lb-ft torque. The company has armed F-150 with the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. The first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost, featured in Baja 1000, gained kudos for its excellent off-road performance. An improved efficiency has been ensured by mating the engine to a 10-speed transmission. The FOX Racing Shox is present along with the custom internal bypass technology. This enables the vehicle to travel over rough terrain.

The car has been given a new torque-on-demand transfer case. It features the off-road mode driver-assist technology that is an easier-to-use and also an advanced version. The transfer case also manages power distribution between the front and rear wheels. It combines the best features of the on-demand, clutch-driven all-wheel drive with the mechanical-locking and durable four-wheel drive. As chief engineer at Ford, Jamal Hameedi said, the transfer case has been designed for better traction and that too for a greater variety of terrain. It will ensure the driver’s convenience both on-road and off-road and at low and high speeds.

The company’s innovation of the new off-road mode driving technology has led to the evolution of the all-new Terrain Management System™. This useful feature lets the driver select modes so that he can choose the best driving dynamics according to the environmental conditions – snow, sand, mud and more. For optimal performance, Ford has brought about calibration changes to its traction control, powertrain, AdvanceTrac stability control and driveline. The vehicle offers six preset modes depending upon the driving conditions and terrain. Normal mode can be used for everyday driving. Street Mode is for on-road, higher performance driving. Weather Mode is to deal with rain, ice or snow. Mud and Sand Mode is meant to drive efficiently in muddy and sandy terrain. Baja Mode is for high speed driving in the dessert. Rock mode is meant for rock crawling.

To further enhance the performance, the company has increased the front and rear shock canisters from 2.5 to 3 inches in diameter. The company has upgraded the tires too. The new 17-inch wheels come along with the next-generation All-Terrain BFGoodrich KO2 tires, which have been specially designed for off-road performance. Moreover, the Torsen front differential significantly enhances the grip for the front end. With this facility, the truck can deal with steep grades and obstacles. In the F-150 lineup, this new launch has the strongest frame. The body has been crafted from military-grade, high-strength aluminum alloy. Besides enhancing strength, the makers have also reduced the weight by 500 pounds. For improved stability off-road, the car is 6 inches wider as compared to the standard F-150. The new Raptor comes with a dual exhaust.

The exterior design has been borrowed from Ford’s previous launches such as Best in the Desert, Baja 1000 and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The fine looks of the car are similar to those of Trophy Trucks, the fastest and most powerful off-road pickups. The interior has been improved with the paddle shifters that enable the driver to manually shift the 10-speed transmission. Auxiliary switches to control lights or air compressor are located on the roof. Visibility has been enhanced with camera technology and LED lighting.

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