Lighter and Faster
The 2017 F-150 Raptor is more powerful and more efficient
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Performance
Ford Performance has long been promising that the new version of the F-150 Raptor would outperform its predecessor thanks to reduced weight and an efficient EcoBoost engine. Well, the official ratings are in and it looks like the engineers have delivered on that promise.
â€œRaptor was designed to be a no-compromise, off-road performance machine,â€ said Matt Tranter, Ford Performance engineering supervisor. â€œThat 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 todayâ€™s Raptor.â€
The forthcoming Raptor â€™s EcoBoost 3.5-liter engine produces 450 horsepower and an earth-moving 510 lb-ft of torque across its broad powerband. It does so thanks to a dual fuel system employing direct-port and port fuel injection to fuel the boost created by an improved twin-turbo system with an electronic wastegate and a variable-displacement oil pump. The turbos are mated to cast stainless steel manifolds and a full dual exhaust.
You can see that performance in action right hereâ€¦
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