Not That You Care, But the New Raptor Might Be Surprisingly Fuel Efficient!

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All-New 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor with auto start-stop technology

I highly doubt that anyone who went into a Ford dealership to purchase a Ford SVT Raptor had fuel economy on their minds. If I remember correctly, my weekly average when I reviewed the truck a few years back was around 14-15 mpg. I’ve seen people average way lower than that. The point is, the old truck really wasn’t that fuel efficient, but it sold well. The new truck? That might be a surprisingly different fuel economy story.

Just announced today, all 2017 Ford F-150s with EcoBoost engines are getting start-stop technology. This technology, already standard on the 2.7L EcoBoost in the F-150, turns off the truck’s engine at stop lights to help save fuel and cut emissions. Before you can lift your foot off the brake, the engine is restarted and you’re ready to drive.

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It should be noted that this technology can be disabled by a button on the dashboard, or if the truck is in four-wheel drive or Tow/Haul mode.

This technology will definitely help the F-150, including the Raptor, be more fuel efficient, but it’ll also significantly reduce carbon emissions, which is important for manufacturers.

But that’s not the only technology making the new Raptor more fuel efficient.

The new Raptor is going to be one of the first Ford vehicles to have the company’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. Extra gears means more control over engine revs at any given speed, which can do many things, including improvement of fuel economy.

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By utilizing aluminum for the body of the 2017 Raptor, Ford saved approximately 500 lbs of weight over the previous generation of the pickup truck. Less weight means less work for the engine, which results in even better fuel economy.

Finally, Ford is using their EcoBoost V6 in the new Raptor instead of the outgoing 6.2L V8. While this is a point of contention for many Raptor fans, the new engine is going to have a boatload of benefits that the V8 just couldn’t deliver.

For starters, the new EcoBoost V6 is going to have more power. While we’re not sure exactly how much at this point, 450 horsepower seems to be the magic number. Also, the EcoBoost should be easier to make more power out of. Once tuners get ahold of the truck, simple software updates should be able to net big results.

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But also, the EcoBoost V6 will be more fuel efficient. In addition to the EPA testing cycle favoring turbocharged engines, we were able to beat the EPA estimate when we tested the 2.7L EcoBoost in the 2015 F-150 we tested early last year.

The addition of start-stop technology in the 2017 Raptor will make the truck more efficient, but it’s just part of an overall strategy by the folks in Dearborn to deliver a more powerful, more capable, and more fuel efficient pickup truck. Even if you don’t really care about fuel economy.

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

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