The all-new Raptor is even more of a beast off-road. It features better running clearance than the first-generation Raptor. And that’s not all. To manage the power distribution between the front and rear wheels, we’ve added an all-new, four-wheel-drive, TORQUE-ON-DEMAND®** transfer case. It combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive. The 2017 Raptor also sports 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox™* with custom internal bypass technology. This technology allows for variable damping rates based on wheel travel, which provides great off-road performance and a smooth ride on-road.
The all-new, twin-turbo, intercooled DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5L EcoBoost® with direct fuel injection will deliver more power than the previous 6.2L V8 – 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission with manual-shifting mode sends that power to all four wheels.
The all-new Terrain Management System™ allows the driver to select from six preset modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions. Available settings include street, Baja, mud and sand.
The farther you stray from the beaten path, the more you can count on an available TORSEN®* front differential to improve off-road capability. By transferring torque to the stable wheel – before most slipping occurs – the system significantly increases grip for the front end of the truck. This gives Raptor greater capability when pulling itself over obstacles and up steep grades.
Raptor’s class-exclusive available beadlock-capable wheels gives you excellent on-and off-road performance. Using the beadlock conversion kit from the Ford Performance catalog, you can deflate them for maximum traction off-road, yet they hold tight to the rims – and stay tight – when you return to the road. The 2017 Raptor also features 17-inch BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A® KO2 tires* designed specifically for Raptor.
The all-new 2017 Raptor is now available in a SuperCrew® model. Bigger doors. More room. More fun. It has an available 360-degree camera and, of course, the SuperCrew features the aggressive Raptor distinctive look – the signature grille, the muscular haunches, the giant front skid plate and an improved rear departure angle that helps Raptor transition from flat land to steep hills.
The new racing Raptor is firmly based on the Built Ford Tough production version, so it features a high-strength, military-grade. aluminum alloy body, high-strength steel frame, all-new high-output 3.5L EcoBoost® engine, all-new 10-speed transmission, torque-on-demand transfer case and race-optimized, long-travel suspension. There’s no doubt it’s going to continue the proud Ford tradition of toughness, durability and overall kick-butt-ness.
To prove Raptor’s worthiness, we’re going to take it to do battle with the most demanding terrain.
Also published on Medium.