Ford F-150 Raptor will get 450 hp, 510 lb-ft torque

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.’s 2017 F-150 Raptor performance pickup will get 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque out of an all-new Ecoboost engine and 10-speed transmission when it goes on sale later this year.

The Raptor, unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, will also get 15 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. The Dearborn automaker announced the numbers as part of the 2016 State Fair of Texas.

Those numbers represent a 21 percent improved average torque-to-weight ratio and a 23 percent improvement in EPA-rated combined fuel economy compared with the previous generation 2014 Raptor.

“Raptor was designed to be a no-compromise, off-road performance machine,” Matt Tranter, Ford Performance engineering supervisor, said in a statement. “That is why we made the switch from the cast-iron V8 to the aluminum block, high-output GTDI V6 EcoBoost engine that our team tuned to add 39 horsepower and 76 lb.-ft. of torque for today’s Raptor.”

The performance pickup uses the same aluminum body as its F-150 counterpart, and Ford was able to shave 500 pounds off the previous generation model.

It will feature a new 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine and 10-speed transmission, which Ford is debuting on the 2017 F-150.

The new engine features twin direct and port-fuel injection strategy; stronger and lighter crank and valvetrain components; a redesigned twin-turbocharger system with electronic wastegate; and a redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.

Ford added a number of performance enhancements specific to Raptor, including more aggressive turbo compressors with increased boost calibrations, cast stainless steel manifolds and full dual exhaust, oil-cooled pistons and more aggressive engine control calibrations.

“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,” Al Cockerill, Raptor’s powertrain development engineer, said in a statement.

The transmission features Auto Start-Stop and an integrated electric pump that improve driving efficiency, Ford says.

Ford said Raptor will start at less than $50,000. It will be in showrooms in late November.

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