Question of the Week: Raptor Engine/Trans in a RWD F-150?

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Engine and Transmission Combo in a Rear-Drive Pickup would Create an Incredible Street Truck. Would You Consider One?

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is the most powerful F-150 ever, with the specially-tuned 3.5L EcoBoost engine delivering 450 horsepower and 510lb-ft of torque. When you add in the advanced four-wheel drive system and the new 10-speed automatic transmission, the new Raptor is also the quickest and fastest F-150 since the old SVT Lightning. Finally, thanks to the suspension and wheel/tire combo, the new Raptor is also the most off-road-capable F-150 ever.

Those are all great claims for an F-150 buyer who plans to go off-roading, but for those prospective Raptor buyers who never go off-road and who are attracted strictly by the on-road performance capabilities, a rear-drive package would be far more interesting.

Now, the Raptor is very clearly an off-road package, so we aren’t suggesting that Ford should make a RWD Raptor, but rather, some package for the new F-150 which uses that Raptor engine and transmission in a rear-wheel-drive truck. Essentially, something like the previous generation Ford F-150 Tremor with the Raptor drivetrain (minus the 4WD parts) would make for one incredible sport truck.

 

Like the old Lightning, a rear-wheel-drive F-150 with good suspension & sticky tires would make for a better sport truck than the high-riding, 4WD Raptor.

 

Although the Raptor’s 4WD set-up allows the driver to make better use of the available power, the downside of that ability to turn all four wheels adds weight to the truck that hurts on-road performance. Like the old Lightning, a rear-wheel-drive F-150 with good suspension and sticky tires would make for a better sport truck than the high-riding, 4WD Raptor.

For our latest “Question of the Week,” we want to know if you would consider a rear-drive F-150 with the Raptor engine and transmission? If Ford rolled out a new Tremor with the 450hp/510tq EcoBoost V6, the 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, would you consider buying one?

Click here to head into the forum to share your thoughts on a rear-drive F-150 packing Raptor power.

 

Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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