You probably knew the first generation Ford F-150 Raptor from such places as: the boat launch at Lake Havasu, or the valet stand at Benihana. But did you know it has some serious off-roading chops too? Despite its prevalence on paved surfaces, the Raptor can actually tackle barren wastelands with ease, and the second generation of the performance pickup looks to up the ante considerably.
This promo video from Ford Performance is the first in a six-part series, and is full of the usual dramatic aerial shots, some righteous guitar playing, and a little bit of audio from the Raptor itself. That last bit might be of concern to the Ford faithful, as the switch from a 6.2-liter V8 to 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 has sent many a truck guy into a rabid frenzy. Though, the new twin-turbo aluminum power plant does offer more horsepower and more torque.
It won’t produce the same angry exhaust note, but discerning off-roaders will happily trade that for all around improved performance, and for those folks that only want a Raptor to assert their will on city streets, an aftermarket exhaust should do the trick.
On top of more impressive numbers, the 2017 F-150 Raptor offers up a smattering of tactile and visual upgrades. The bumpers have been tucked at both ends, improving approach and departure angles, the fender flares look more integrated whereas the first generations’ looked tacked on, and overall, that gives the truck a tighter, more athletic appearance.
There’s plenty of “new” inside as well, though we don’t get a great look at it in this initial video. What is clearly shown is the happy driver of the vehicle tugging on the all new, and hopefully magnesium, paddle shifters, which allow for the selection of 10 different gears. Yep, that’s right, 10 gears. Has Ford managed to build a high performance pickup truck that might offer some semblance of efficiency? Between the additional gears, the 500 lb weight savings, and the turbocharged motor, they just might have.
We’ll find out for sure when the 2017 F-150 Raptor goes on sale this fall.