Paddle Shifters are Confirmed Staying for the 2017 Raptor
One of the big changes for the 2017 Ford Raptor over the previous versions is the transmission. The 10-speed automatic featured in the new Raptor was co-developed as a partnership with General Motors, but built by Ford themselves. In addition to the extra cogs is a set of paddle shifters attached to the steering wheel.
We spoke with Ford back in January, they wouldn’t say for certain if the paddle shifters were a final piece. They definitely are imposing on the steering wheel, and are much larger than the paddle shifters you find on other Ford products.
During an online Twitter chat today, F-150 Raptor Program Manager Tony Greco confirmed that the paddle shifters in the pre-production F-150 Raptor will make it to final production.
Ten forward gears is still a lot to shift by paddle, but I’m assuming the first five are the “fun gears,” while the remaining five are for fuel economy. Though, until I get a chance to drive it I won’t know for sure.
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With the truck going on sale in late 2016, it might be a little while yet before I have an opportunity to get behind the wheel, but as soon as I do I’ll make sure to share my experience with all of you.
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