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Ford F-150 Raptor Four Wheeler Pickup Truck Of Year

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
Add another trophy to the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor showcase. The all-new Raptor topped a seven-vehicle field to be named 2017 FOUR WHEELER Pickup Truck of the Year. Earlier this month, Raptor took home Best Pickup Truck of 2017 honors from Cars.com.

“The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is the truck equivalent of an amusement park thrill ride,” said Ken Brubaker, FOUR WHEELER editor.

"Compared to its predecessor, which also had a very commanding stance, the new Raptor has more ground clearance and a significantly wider track that makes it look incredibly aggressive. The excitement continues when you fire up the high-output twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and stab the throttle."

In earning the FOUR WHEELER award, the F-150 Raptor scored high marks in weeklong testing that challenged the truck to harsh conditions including sand, rocky trails and snow covering about 1,000 miles of off-road terrain.

Raptor also scored high in track testing in Southern California, with its high-output EcoBoost® V6 propelling the truck to best-in-field 0-to-60-mph and quarter-mile times.

The purpose-built, off-road Raptor builds on the success of its predecessor with performance gains and new technology that didn’t go unnoticed by FOUR WHEELER judges.

With a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine generating 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, first-in-class 10-speed transmission, a six-mode Terrain Management System, and a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that saves 500 pounds over the previous model, the all-new F-150 Raptor stands alone among high-performance off-road trucks.

The 2017 F-150 Raptor’s competition-proven chassis also sets the performance bar with its second-generation BF Goodrich KO2 tires designed exclusively for the truck’s extended off-road capabilities.

In addition, upgraded FOX Shocks (jointly engineered by Ford Performance and FOX) are 44 percent larger with 3-inch diameter shock canisters (2.5-inch previously) and nine-stage bypass damping delivering improved suspension control.

The new shock design enables an increase in suspension travel to 13-inches at the front and 13.9-inches at the rear (a 0.8-inch front and 1.9-inch rear increase in wheel travel compared to its predecessor).

SPECIFICATIONS-
VEHICLE TYPEfront-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup
BASE PRICE (EST)$50,000–$53,000
ENGINE TYPEtwin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT213 cu in (3496 cc)
POWER (C/D EST)450 hp
TORQUE (C/D EST)450 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION10-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS-
WHEELBASE133.0–145.0 inches
LENGTH220.0–231.5* inches
WIDTH86.3 inches
HEIGHT78.5 inches
CURB WEIGHT5600–5800 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
0–60 MPH6.1–6.3 sec
STANDING 1/4-MILE14.0–14.2 sec
TOP SPEED100 mph
PROJECTED FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
EPA CITY/HWY15/21 mpg

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