2017 Ford Raptor Review Sep 12, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The Ford Raptor is one of the most popular editions of the F-150 pickup truck. This limited series first appeared on the market in 2010, offering truck owners comprehensive off-road capability. Ford revealed that the Raptor would return in Model Year 2017, and the next version does not disappoint. The Raptor has seen numerous enhancements, cementing its status as a high-performance off-road pickup. As the first pickup of this kind available with a factory warranty, Ford has had plenty of time to make sure the 2017 Raptor meets everyone’s requirements.
High-Strength Aluminum Body
One of the most impressive things about the 2017 Ford Raptor is its military-grade, high-strength aluminum alloy body. This has helped to reduce the pickup’s weight by 500 pounds and, as a result, enhance thrust and performance. The unique aluminum-alloy body is complemented by a nearly one-of-a-kind boxed frame made of high-strength steel that was reinforced compared to the F-150 developed by the Ford Special Vehicle Team.
As always, the 2017 Ford Raptor is ready to tackle off-road adventures without a second of hesitation. Compared to the first generation, the new model has improved running clearance, so you don’t have to worry as much about racing over obstacles. There is also a new 4WD torque-on-demand transfer case, which ensures the proper power distribution between the wheels in the front and rear. Rough driving and giant rocks are nothing to the FOX Racing Shox. Their custom internal bypass technology generates variable damping rates depending on the wheel travel, letting you enjoy a smooth ride on the road and class-leading off-road performance. To take off-roading to the next level, the Raptor now comes with a Terrain Management System that lets you choose your preset mode based on the terrain. You can choose from six modes, such as Baja, sand, mud, and street, and you will notice the optimization of all driving dynamics. Factor in the TORSEN front differential, which moves torque to your stable wheel before slippage, and you will get much more grip on the Raptor’s front end than before. Now, steep grades and obstacles are even less of a challenge.
You may remember the 6.2-liter V8 engine in the previous version of the Ford Raptor, but the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo in the current model somehow manages to leave even that powerhouse behind. After all, the new engine is equipped with double overhead cams, 24 valves, and intercooling for high output and incredible power. It works with a 10-speed automatic transmission that has a manual-shift mode, and the four-wheel drive is a given considering the off-roading requirements.
New for the next generation is the SuperCrew cabin configuration. This is well worth the upgrade for those who want more room, larger doors, and more fun on their adventures. You still get the signature grille and aggressive siding and rear, but the upsized interior comes with additional features and options such as all-around cameras. Regardless, either cabin is just the cockpit for your latest foray into the wilderness aboard a 2017 Ford Raptor.