Ford F-150 Raptor

When most people hear the term “performance vehicle” they think of street machines. However, off-road driving is every bit as demanding as hugging the pavement. So says Raj Nair, vice president of Ford’s global product development division. We think he has a point. The 2017 F-150 Raptor quells any doubts that the company from Dearborn is no slouch when it comes to building eye-catching, highly capable trucks.


The 2017 Raptor is sheathed in a military-grade aluminum alloy that draws from Ford’s extensive experience with off-road racing. It sheds more than 500 pounds of weight when compared to its predecessor. At its heart, however, the Raptor is all-steel; in fact, its frame contains even more of the ultra-strong metal than the previous model.

The Raptor adds 6 inches to the width of a standard F-150, giving it superior stability even in the roughest outdoor terrain. 17 inch wheels with cutting-edge BF Goodrich all-terrain tires further enhance the truck’s handling abilities.


While no serious truck can be called “cushy,” the 2015 Raptor offers its share of comforts for driver and passenger alike. A nice touch is the accessory switches cluster, which is tucked conveniently into the cab’s roof, allowing the operator to focus on driving. Paddle shifters control the 10-speed manual gearbox. The Raptor has six preset driving modes, suitable for taking on everything from rock-strewn terrain to the daily work commute.


The 2017 Raptor is powered by a reworked, new generation 3.5 L EcoBoost engine that outdoes the current 6.2 L V-8 in terms of overall efficiency. Adding to the truck’s list of groundbreaking enhancements is its new transfer case, which offers improved traction at all speeds and in both on and off-road environments.

Offering a tough-as-nails combination of high-tech features and good, old-fashioned handling ability, the 2015 Raptor sets new standards for what a truck can be.

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