The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will see only a moderate boost in power, but from a much smaller engine.
Ford product development chief Raj Nair let it slip on TV during the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend that the new Raptor will offer 450 horsepower.
In a day when muscle cars feature 700-horsepower engines, that’s not a huge jump over the 411 horses from the current model. But consider that the outgoing Raptor is powered by a 6.2L V8, and the new version will be powered by a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost.
Ford has not “officially” announced the numbers yet, and we don’t know what the torque will be. But Ford promised both the horsepower and torque will exceed the numbers the outgoing Raptor produces (Autoblog notes the existing 3.5L EcoBoost is producing 420 lbs-ft torque already, while the current Raptor offers 424). These reports are intriguing enough to make us curious about another number on the new Raptor: miles-per-gallon.
Are you excited about a more powerful Raptor with a smaller engine? Are you disappointed the new Raptor won’t be offered with a V8? Tell us what you think below!
More power and better fuel economy…Yes!
Power is power as long as gas stays as cheap as it is who really cares if it’s a V6 or V8?
I had heard rumors of a twin turbo 5.0 from Ford. That is what this truck needs!
From a business view, who wants a truck with a 6 cylinder ecoboost, why not a 8 cylinder with the Roush package, now that’s a truck, why would Ford want the Raptors to be substandard. I just don’t get it. How long is the six cylinder going to last carrying a heavy payload verse a v8, no comparison, always wanted a Raptor, now I guess I’ll buy a Chevy. Paul
Once upon a time, I owned a 1966 Ford long bed pickup truck. That’s pretty much all the extent of my experience with truck ownership. I noticed one of the replies about the Raptor “only ” having a 450 horsepower V-6 and some doubt about how well it will hold up under a heavy payload.
I’ve always gotten the impression that for heavy payloads and durability, the Ford F-150 was the best choice for a work truck and the high performance Raptor was built for extreme fun on and off the road. My ’66 F-100 served me well as both a work and fun truck but I was only 18 years old at the time so it was all good. !