The Auto China 2016 is well on its way but we’re still digging through the piles of news from automakers – and one of the “gems” we uncovered is the F-150 Raptor Supercrew complete with Baja mode.
We already know Ford is bringing the Raptor installment to the new generation F-150 pickup truck, and its added lightness bodes well with the Ford Performance credentials. With gasoline selling so cheap in America, family guys might be turning their attention once more from the fourth generation Toyota Prius to this monster. Ford even has the eco credentials to brag about – since this is another installment in the “EcoBoost” saga that brought tons of prizes to the one liter engine or transformed the Focus RS in the ultimate hot hatch. Even the Mustang can be had in an “environmentally” friendly four-cylinder guise.
In the Raptor there’s a 3.5-litre V6, churning out 411bhp and 434lb ft of torque – more powerful and more efficient than the previous Raptor’s V8, also thanks to the all-new 10-speed automatic gearbox. The all wheel drive system is also brand new, mixing the best of both worlds – the on-demand sector and the mechanical locks. It will come with six modes – among them the “Street” for those times when you want to shame sports cars and the one we were referring to in the title. It has been aptly named “Baja” and handles what Ford refers to as “high-speed desert running”.