Ford Announces Mind-Blowing 450 Horsepower Rating for 2017 F-150 Raptor
The Ford Motor Company has released a series of online videos over the last few months teasing the new F-150 Raptor pickup truck, but the American automaker kept people in the dark regarding the truck’s performance numbers until the company finally broke its silence just a few days ago.
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While the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor came equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 motor rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque, the 2017 model has downsized to a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. However, if you thought a smaller engine meant decreased performance, think again as this high-output EcoBoost engine provides the 2017 Ford Raptor with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.
“Raptor was designed to be a no-compromise, off-road performance machine,” said Ford Performance Engineering Supervisor Matt Tranter. “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.”
That smaller engine, along with a 500 pound weight reduction and a new 10-speed automatic transmission, has also helped improve the truck’s fuel efficiency. If you remember, the 2014 Raptor and its big V8 could only yield an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the 2017 Ford raptor is good for 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, which means the new EcoBoost motor is 23% more fuel efficient than the previous V8 engine.
Ford enthusiasts can expect to see the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor arrive at US dealerships before the end of the 2016. The SuperCab model will reportedly carry a starting MSRP of 49,520, while the SuperCrew variant is expected to wear a price tag of $52,505.
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