Why Does the Raptor Prototype Look Lame?

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Durability Testing

When we shared with you the video of the 2017 Raptor Prototype off-roading through the woods, some of you addressed your concerns about why the truck looks the way that it does. Others wondered why it wasn’t going flat out, like we all know the truck is capable of? Well, here are some possible explanations.

First off, the truck looks the way that it does because it’s a prototype. They are often cobbled together with pieces that they have readily available or easy to produce. The front bumper is chrome because it’s the bumper off of a regular F-150. If you look at the front of the truck, the grille isn’t any wider. Again, they’re using a normal F-150 grille.


If you look closely you’ll notice that the panels don’t line up properly on the front. Again, that’s because they’re using Raptor parts mixed with normal F-150 parts. The final version will look a great deal like the one-off show truck we saw throughout the year starting at the North American International Auto Show.

So why wasn’t it going all out in the video? It could be for a lot of reasons. Manufacturers release videos all the time showing you exactly what they want you to see. Also, it could be that they’re looking for a particular data set and that involved taking the trail slow?

We appreciate all the enthusiasm towards the Raptor, because we’re just as excited as you are. Once we hear or see more, we’ll let you know.

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

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

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