Ford confirmed today that the new F-150 Raptor will produce 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. That’s an increase of 39 hp and 76 lb-ft from the previous truck, which featured a larger V-8 engine.
Its horsepower rating beats out rivals like the Ram 1500 Rebel, which delivers 395 hp in its most powerful form. Ford says the new Raptor delivers more low-rpm torque than before and better optimized shift points with its new 10-speed automatic transmission and torque-on-demand transfer case.
“Looking at the torque curve of the Raptor’s EcoBoost engine, you see the twin turbos spool quicker for faster time to torque—it hammers quick and keeps delivering torque for a more brawny feel than its V8 predecessor,” said Al Cockerill, Raptor’s powertrain development engineer, in a recent release.
For 2017, the Raptor also achieves a 23 percent improvement in its EPA-rated fuel economy. It’s now rated 15/18 mpg city/highway, up from the 11/16 mpg rating on the 2014 Raptor. In combined city and highway driving, it increases 3 mpg from the old version to 16 mpg. A new aluminum body helps the Raptor shed a whopping 500 pounds from its predecessor, contributing to the significant increase in fuel economy.
Although it hasn’t formally listed pricing on its website, Ford confirms that the F-150 Raptor will start at a base price of under $50,000. But this summer, Ford documents revealed a price of $49,520, including a destination charge of $1,195. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is now available to order through dealers.