The US automaker is looking to post another impressive achievement in the high value pickup truck segment – they’re ready to unleash this fall the most capable full-size pickup truck.
We’re talking of course about the off-road aficionado 2017 F-150 Raptor – the flagship iteration of the series that best describes why the model has been the best selling pickup truck for decades in America. Of course, not every F-150 is just as capable as the Raptor, but the owners do have the bargaining chip. The Raptor has dropped the SVT moniker because Ford Performance is now a global brand, so this time around we get a shorter name. The Raptor packs a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine, good for around 450 hp and mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission sending the power to all four wheels. And by the way, the new generation has also lost about 500 lbs (226.8 kg) compared to the SVT version of old.
Ford has been keeping its fans enticed with a host of videos describing the model’s capabilities and now it’s time we talked about the six terrain modes that were tailored to the new Raptor. The modes are changed in a heartbeat via the buttons on the steering wheel and amount to Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja, and Rock Crawl. Of course, the Normal is the civilized mode that’s good for grocery shopping. The Sport one will delivered the best on-road capabilities possible. Weather is optimizing everything for slippery conditions. The Mud/Sand menu is of course optimized for off-roading in slippery conditions. Baja delivers the best off-road settings possible and the Rock Crawl will put the transfer case in the low setting for the most extreme conditions.