5 Reasons to Wait for the 2017 Raptor

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There are a number of exciting new performance vehicles coming from Ford pretty soon, including a completely new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. If you’re in the market for an off-road performance truck, you do have options out there, but here are 5 reasons why you should wait for the 2017 Raptor.

It’s Faster


The previous Raptor was by no means a slouch, but the new 2017 Raptor will be significantly faster. This is for two reasons simple reasons. One, the truck is approximately 500 lbs lighter than the 2014 version thanks to the aluminum body.

Secondly, it’ll have a more powerful engine. Ford hasn’t released official horsepower figures for the 2017 Raptor, but we hear it might be in the 450 horsepower range, or higher. Since it’s using the turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost, we know that that engine has the potential to be a monster.

During Ford’s own internal off-road testing, the new Ford Raptor is 25% faster a lap around their testing track than the previous Raptor was. Those are by no means small gains.

It’s Stronger

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Durability Testing

Aluminum alloys are used to send airplanes in the sky and rockets into space. It also has some properties that steel does not. For example, aluminum won’t rust.

The 2017 Raptor has a completely reimagined fully-boxed steel frame for strength, and the military-grade aluminum alloy will hold together better during high-flying antics.

It’s Smarter


The 2017 Raptor will be one of the first Ford trucks to use a new 10-speed automatic transmission. This transmission should offer the best of both worlds when it comes to performance and fuel economy.

Engineers should be able to maximize the performance out of the lower gears, helping the truck launch and get up to speed, and then optimize the highest gears for fuel economy.

While Raptor owners typically don’t care about fuel economy, the new truck should be better in that department. This is pure speculation, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the EPA fuel economy numbers to be close to 20 miles-per-gallon on the highway.

A new 360° camera system will help make off-roading easier, adding side-view cameras to the fore and aft cameras that were already available. The nice thing about the 360° camera mode is you can see all the cameras at once; you don’t have to switch back and forth to see a particular angle.

Hopefully, Ford will add a camera washing system to the front of the Raptor the same way they did with the 2015 Ford Edge. It would be great when mud and dirt get on the camera (which is more likely to happen in a Raptor than a regular F-150).

It Has More Potential

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A variation of the 3.5L EcoBoost that is going in the Ford GT is going into the 2017 Raptor. Even if that engine doesn’t have the 600+ horsepower the GT does, it will have the potential to get there. Aftermarket tuners should be able to go nuts with the EcoBoost and make big power.

It’s Better Looking

2017 Ford Raptor in Liquid Blue

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I think the new 2017 Raptor looks better than the 2014. It’s still big, bold, and in your face, but the new headlights and taillights are features I like better. I even dig the FORD written across the bumper.

What say you, fans of the Raptor? What has you most excited about the new truck? Let us know in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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