Ford’s new 2017 F-150 Raptor off-road performance pickup truck will come equipped with a new twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, a change from the V8 that powered the previous generation model.
The engine will be mated to Ford’s new 10-speed transmission, which also is being used for the automaker’s 2017 model year F-150 pickups.
The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will produce 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 39 horsepower and 76 pound-feet of torque from the current Raptor.
“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” engine.
Through the use of an aluminum body and high-strength steel frame as the current F-150 trucks, the 2017 Raptor is up to 500 pounds lighter than the 2014 model, ford said. The lighter weight, 10-speed transmission and new engine contribute to a 23 percent improvement in the Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy rating for the 2017 Raptor. The new model is rated at 15 mpg for city driving, 18 mpg for highway driving and 16 mpg for combined driving.