This is the ’17 Ford F-150 Raptor, finally caught testing. The Raptor was previewed back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, but this is the first time one has been caught testing out on roads with its production front end.
Ford said the ’17 Raptor would get a special version of the 3.5L Ecoboost V6, with around 450 hp, to replace the 6.2L V8 found in the old model. The Raptor will also be one of the first vehicles to receive a new 10-speed automatic transmission being developed by Ford and GM. Expect to see that transmission replace other automatics on Ford's trucks.
As before, the Raptor will get off-road-oriented modifications, such as Fox racing shocks and meaty off-road tires. Ford is also going to add a terrain management system to help keep the Raptor moving in tough conditions.
The ’17 Raptor should be on sale around the summer of 2016.
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