Watch a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Test Mule Tackle an Off-Road Course
The new off-road king gets wet and muddy.
Ever since we got our first taste of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor at the 2015 Detroit auto show, we have been chomping at the bit for more details. Now, Ford released footage of a Raptor prototype tackling an off-road course in preparation for the production model.
We saw the full production model debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show, and we were impressed at its purposeful stance and aggression. In terms of powertrain, the sweet, sweet V-8 makes its exit for the new generation. Like the new Ford GT supercar, the Raptor packs a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 under the hood, which is reported to push out 450 hp. This is quite the jump over the current Raptor's 6.2-liter V-8, which makes do with a "paltry" 411 hp.
Its not as though the turbo-mill has as much to lug around, however, as the new Raptor sheds around 500 pounds over the outgoing model. This is partly due to the new F-150's aluminum-intensive construction.
The new Raptor sends this ample power to all four wheels through Ford's new 10-speed transmission, which raises fuel economy and efficiency over the old model.
In the video, we see the new Raptor prototype tackle the rough terrain with its Fox Racing suspension. The Raptor has an all-new four-wheel drive system, along with a beefy new transfer case.
Take a look at one of the best out-of-the-box off-road vehicles in action in the video below.