The new Ford GT supercar may have stolen all the attention at the Detroit auto show, but Ford’s updated 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor performance pickup made a splash too with its new EcoBoost engine and aluminum construction. Over the weekend at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Ford Global Product Development Vice President Raj Nair let slip in a televised interview on Fox Sports that the Raptor’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 will make 450 hp.
This confirms what we heard from Ford at the Detroit show when Ford officials said that the new turbocharged engine would make more power than the outgoing Raptor’s 411 hp. That car’s naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter engine also made 434 lb-ft of torque, and we expect the Raptor to best that figure too, considering that the standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost in other F-150 models already makes 420 lb-ft of torque.
We don’t know exactly how Ford tuned this high-output, twin-turbo V-6 to make 85 more horses, but we do know that the new truck is sure to be faster than its predecessor, especially considering the new Raptor’s weight loss thanks to aluminum construction. The new truck is said to lose more than 500 lb with its new body that’s made of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy. The new Raptor will also use a 10-speed automatic transmission that’s said to improve efficiency compared to the six-speed transmission in the outgoing version.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will go into production in fall 2016, so stay tuned for more information about this off-road-oriented performance truck as we get close to its launch date.