Ford Raptor Gets Even Better for 2017

Ok, let me be upfront about this. I’m not a truck guy, but I just might be after seeing the 2017 Ford Raptor unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Where to begin? How about admitting that this grandiose PR statement is, surprisingly, right on the money: “All-New F-150 Raptor Is Ford’s Toughest, Smartest, Most Capable Truck for Ultimate Off-Road Performance.” It could be the most capable period. The bad news is it doesn’t go on sale until Fall 2016. RELATED: See More of the All-New 2017 Ford Raptor Power is going to come from a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Ford says it will knock out more horsepower and torque than the current 6.2-liter V8 that's rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. Not that a single future Raptor owner gives a damn, but it also promises to be more fuel efficient. The 2017 Ford Raptor is also going to be mated to a new 10-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Also standard is an all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with an advanced, easier-to-use version of off-road mode driver-assist technology. RELATED: Bubba Watson Probably Wants a New Raptor Now The all-new Raptor also boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires specifically designed for off-road performance. I drove a Raptor in Baja last September on these tires. They’re the real deal. Ford says an available Torsen front differential increases off-road capability further. The system increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades – even when traction is split between the front tires. RELATED: See More From the 2015 Detroit Auto Show ________________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide