Warming Up to the EcoBoost 2017 Raptor

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Durability Testing

Like many of you, I’m eagerly awaiting every morsel of information I can get on the 2017 Ford Raptor. Also, like many of you, I had been lamenting the EcoBoost V6 as the method of power. Oh, it’ll be plenty powerful and have bonkers performance, but I’m going to miss that V8 sound. But, after giving it some serious thought, I’ve decided I’m not really that bothered by it.

The idea behind Raptor is to be a desert pre-runner. It’s supposed to be able to crest sand dunes at speeds you only thought were capable on tarmac. It was to be one of the most extreme performance trucks you could buy from any manufacturer.


The 2017 Raptor is just a continuation of that trend. Less weight means it can fly higher. More power means it can go faster. Heck, with the 10-speed transmission and the EcoBoost, it might even be a bit more fuel efficient.

The V8 sound really only matters if you use the truck for what some owners do, and that’s Mall Crawling. When you want to show off your truck to your friends and prove you have something better than them, the mighty V8 roar helps the process.

If V8s were essential to off-roading, then Jeep Wranglers would have them too (though, I see just as many Wranglers at the local Mall Crawling course).

Sure, I’ll miss the V8 rumble. But we’re getting a better truck in every way imaginable. I’m okay with that.

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

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

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