Ford’s Raptor is rough, ready and cushy – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, March 03, 2017

The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 40 straight years and its best-selling vehicle for 30. Despite all the Accords and Priuses that dominate the West Coast, this is the country’s most popular mode of transportation.

The Raptor is the high-performance, off-road version of the F-150. It’s not a monster truck, but it’s a truck, and it’s a monster.

Ford introduced the first Raptor in 2010 and has held off the second generation until now. It was worth the wait, and the weight: Using new lightweighting principles that Ford developed for its entire line, the 2017 F-150 Raptor is quicker, more powerful and 500 pounds slimmer than its predecessor.

The new Raptor has shed the old V-8 and is now powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Smaller in size and heft than the earlier engine, it makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound feet of torque — up from 411 horsepower and 434 pound feet of torque.

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