The History of Raptor’s 450 Horsepower Leaks

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Yesterday, according to a leak apparently from Ford’s internal dealership network, the 2017 Ford Raptor will make 450 horsepower and a stump-pulling 510 lb-ft of torque. While the torque number is new to us, the horsepower figure isn’t. It’s been a number bouncing around for quite some time. Here’s a breakdown of when we first heard the number and where we’ve heard it since.

Some 20 months ago, according to Automobile and shared by Jalopnik, Ford’s Global Product Development VP Raj Nair let it slip that the truck would have 450 horsepower from the 3.5L EcoBoost turbocharged V6 engine.

Then, when Forza 6 launched for the Xbox One, we reported here that the game stated the Raptor made 450 horsepower. That game, however, made a 440 lb-ft torque claim, which according to this latest “leak” is inaccurate.

I asked a Ford engineer in person yesterday just how much power the Raptor will make, and all he’d say is that it’d be more than the 2nd-generation 3.5L EcoBoost appearing in the normal 2017 F-150. That was before this apparent leaking from the dealership site. I have a request in to Ford for an official comment, but I’m not expecting more than the usual, “We don’t comment.”

What do you all think? Assuming it’s from Ford’s own internal site it would seem to have a lot of credibility. Let us know what you think in the comments below or over in our forums!

via [Ford Raptor Forums]

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

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