The second largest US automaker has recently released a promotional video featuring the 2017 F-150 Raptor performance model undergoing prototype testing in northern Michigan.
The engineers seem to have relinquished their office jobs for some trail testing and went out to play in the woods with the prototypes of the all-new F-150 Raptor, which is besting its predecessor in terms of tackling hills, ruts and bumps along trails. In the video we see an initial engineering prototype that uses both parts from the 2017 Raptor and the 2015 F-150, used to sow how the components handle challenging terrain. The 2017 Raptor comes with enhanced ground clearance, besting the first generation Raptor and will come standard with new 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox that has custom internal bypass technology. There’s also on board an all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, handling power distribution between front and rear wheels.
Numerous rumors point out to ruggedized styling, 17-inch alloy wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 wraps and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine under the hood. For the Raptor, it has been tuned to produce at least 411 bhp (306 kW) and 434 lb-ft (587 Nm) of torque, being mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission and the aforementioned four by four drive system. The F-150 Raptor will have fans waiting a while before it reaches dealerships, with pricing being announced closer to the moment of launch, which is expected to be in the fall of 2016, a little over a year from now.