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A Look at the 2017 Ford Raptor

Since its debut in 2010, the Ford F-150 Raptor has set the bar when it comes to high performance off-road trucks. The Raptor is a variant of one of the best-selling vehicles in America—the strong and durable F-150. It was built to thrive in off-road conditions, especially the desert, and has a performance-tuned suspension, enhanced stability, and a head-turning body kit. While it had all of these features five years ago upon its initial launch, the Raptor is back and better than ever for 2017. Although it will not be available at your local Bloomington Ford dealership until late next year, you can start to learn more about what the 2017 Ford Raptor will offer and plan out your off-road adventure now.

What’s New for 2017?

Recently unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the new Ford Raptor is a next-generation vehicle that off-road drivers have been waiting for. Driven more than just for style, the Ford F-150 Raptor is made for adventure. Ford has reengineered the F-150 Raptor to “make it tougher, smarter, more capable and more efficient than ever.”

Part of what makes the 2017 Raptor a must-own for truck drivers is that it is now powered by an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that results in higher output and performance. With the new engine, the 2017 F-150 Raptor gets the same horsepower and more torque than its predecessor, which already turned in powerful marks of 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. In addition to the upgrades under the hood, the Raptor’s body construction is also superior for 2017.

Building off of what Ford did with the original F-150, the new Raptor also replaces its body material with high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy that results in a 500-pound weight reduction from the 2014 model. By being lighter, the frame allows the Raptor to be more versatile and capable. Larger FOX Racing Shox come standard on the 2017 Raptor, as well as standard 17-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires that were designed specifically for the vehicle.

Technology Drives the 2017 F-150 Raptor

Taking your truck off-roading is one of the most thrilling things you can do with the new Raptor, and for good reason. A new torque-on-demand transfer case comes standard to help manage power distribution to the front and rear wheels, while you will also be able to optimize the driving dynamics of the truck with a new Terrain Management System. This helps you adjust for various driving conditions and make the most of what the Raptor has to offer.

New fenders, tailgate, iconic front grille, and dual exhaust contribute to the truck’s visual appeal as well as its performance ability. New LED lighting helps drivers see in low-light conditions, while the available 360-degree camera makes it easier to see obstacles behind and around the Raptor.

Performance Specs

Although the 2017 F-150 Raptor saves a considerable amount of weight, it is also about six inches wider than the standard F-150. The added size helps give the truck a more stable frame that comes in handy in various off-road conditions. The new 3.5-liter engine will get 411 horsepower and 436 lb.-ft. of torque, with a 10-speed transmission with manual paddle shifters. The four-wheel-drive setup gives drivers more control when driving on trails, through the woods, or out in the desert.

Since the 2017 model is not in production or slated to be at your nearest Bloomington Ford dealer until late next year, Ford is currently testing a preproduction vehicle that is composed of parts from previous versions of the Raptor, as well as new components that will be seen when the final product is ready. Car and Driver notes that Ford has been running tests with the aluminum-bodied Raptor in the desert in the southwestern part of the United States.

FourWheeler Network reported on the recent durability testing in the desert and noted that the program covered 1,028 miles of off-road terrain. The trail used was meant to mimic the Baja 1000 course, and included conditions and obstacles such as sandy washes, hill climbs in sand, tight spots, and trenches and deep-rutted silt beds. The Raptor was able to top speeds of 100 mph, while also maintaining control at 10 mph for more technical terrain. FourWheeler Network reports that the 2017 Raptor’s lap times during testing were 25 percent faster than its predecessor.

How to Learn More

With the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor recently introduced, it can be difficult to satisfy your craving for information about every inch of the truck. From performance times, to body kit changes and technological upgrades, details will become available as the production date nears. However, the best way to stay informed about developments with the 2017 Raptor is to contact your local dealership.

Bloomington Ford Lincoln’s expert staff is the place to go for updates on the Raptor so you can learn more as details emerge. Not only can you talk about the latest information and reviews surrounding the Raptor, but you will also be able to get details on when and how you can drive off the lot in one of your very own. The Bloomington Ford Lincoln team can assist you with getting your questions answered about trade-ins, service, and financing, as well. When it comes to the 2017 F-150 Raptor, the staff will also help you register for updates and release information by mail or via email.

Reading about the 2017 Raptor is one way to pass the time until you have one in your garage. However, you can also learn about various opportunities to see the Raptor for yourself at car shows and other events, if possible. In addition to Detroit, the truck made its way to auto shows in Toronto, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, and New York, earlier this year, and could be heading in your direction before it goes on sale.

Get in touch with the team at Bloomington Ford Lincoln today to set up a time to talk about the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor. You can stop by the dealership in Bloomington or contact a representative by phone at (877) 588-4136.


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