Fuel economy for the off-roader rings in at 16 mpg combined.
The leaked figures were correct: the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will produce 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque from its 3.5-liter biturbo EcoBoost V6 engine. Fuel economy ratings are expected to hit 15 miles per gallon city, 18 mpg highway, and 16 mpg – which doesn’t sound too impressive until you consider that the previous Raptor managed 12/16/13 mpg.
As promised when the Raptor debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, that power comes from an upgraded version of Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine – which is available in dozens of other models and will even serve as the basis for the Ford GT's powertrain. Tweaks for the Raptor include full dual exhausts, increased turbo boost, and oil-cooled pistons.
It’s a big power gain versus the old Raptor’s 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8, which made 411 hp and 434 lb-ft. The new Raptor also uses a 10-speed automatic transmission instead of its predecessor’s six-speed gearbox; the new 10-speeder will also be employed in other F-150 models and has a stop-start feature.
The 2017 Raptor comes standard with four-wheel drive with various driving modes, including a ‘Baja’ setting for high-speed off-roading, highly capable Fox shock absorbers, and burly fender cladding. And because it’s now built with aluminum bodywork, the new Raptor will shed about 500 pounds compared to its predecessor.
A leaked ordering guide suggests the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will retail for $49,520 in SuperCab form and $52,505 in SuperCrew form; Ford has so far confirmed only that it will have a starting price below $50,000. Stay tuned for even more details as we approach the wild truck’s on-sale date.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew
Ford Motor Company, America’s truck leader, today announced horsepower and torque ratings for the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor that will continue to position the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup in a class by itself.
Equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo high-output EcoBoost® engine, the Raptor churns out 510 lb.-ft. of torque and 450 horsepower across a wide power band.
Mated to an all-new Ford-built 10-speed transmission and exclusive transfer case – and managed by a six-mode Terrain Management System™ – the 2017 F-150 Raptor makes good on its promise to deliver an exhilarating off-road performance truck and even more bragging rights with a base MSRP less than $50,000.
“Raptor was designed to be a no-compromise, off-road performance machine,” said Matt Tranter, Ford Performance engineering supervisor. “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.”
Using the same high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body and a fully boxed high-strength steel frame as the current F-150 trucks, the 2017 Raptor is up to 500 pounds lighter than the 2014 model. Combined with a new high-output EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission, the 2017 Raptor delivers a 21 percent improved average torque-to-weight ratio and a 23 percent improvement in EPA-rated combined fuel economy compared with the previous generation Raptor.
EPA estimated fuel economy ratings for the 2017 F-150 Raptor are 15 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary.
Further building on the power-to-weight benefits, the 2017 Raptor delivers more low-RPM torque and better optimized power bands and shift points across all two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive modes thanks to the 10-speed transmission and torque-on-demand transfer case.
“The torque-on-demand transfer case and six-mode Terrain Management System is unique to Raptor in the Ford family of vehicles,” Tranter said. “It gives you the benefit of a clutched all-wheel-drive system for easy around-town maneuverability in bad weather. Then, there’s Baja Mode, which automatically engages a mechanically locked 4X4 high, and optimizes throttle response, shifting and boost control to provide improved off-road capability. That’s definitely drawing a line in the sand.”
All-new 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine
Within performance circles, Ford’s EcoBoost engine has gained a following among truck enthusiasts and racing fans alike. Already robust and efficient, Ford developed the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost, which the Ford Performance team then tuned specifically for the new Raptor.
Key 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine improvements include a new twin direct and port-fuel injection strategy, stronger and lighter crank and valvetrain components, a redesigned twin-turbocharger system with electronic wastegate, and a redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.
Among the high-output EcoBoost performance enhancements for Raptor are more aggressive turbo compressors with increased boost calibrations, cast stainless steel manifolds and full dual exhaust, oil-cooled pistons and more aggressive engine control calibrations.
“Looking at the torque curve of the Raptor’s EcoBoost engine, you see the twin turbos spool quicker for faster time to torque – it hammers quick and keeps delivering torque for a more brawny feel than its V8 predecessor,” said Al Cockerill, Raptor’s powertrain development engineer.
All-new 10-speed automatic transmission
The all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, standard on the 2017 Raptor, features Auto Start-Stop and an integrated electric pump that improve driving efficiency.
The transmission’s closer ratio between gears and Ford-patented hydraulic control system better optimize the power and torque curves of the new 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine.
Raptor’s all-new adaptive shift algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain and driver control signals in real time – ensuring the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including Raptor’s normal, sport, weather, mud/sand, rock/crawl and Baja modes. In addition, a high-speed, one-way clutch allows for non-sequential shifting.
Weight savings play a key role in improved shift performance. The 10-speed gearbox – the first from Ford not to employ cast-iron components – uses advanced materials and alloys that result in less weight. Additionally, an integrated torque converter/turbine clutch helps shed more than two pounds, while also reducing the packaging footprint.