Raptor Roundup: Facts About the Blue Oval Beast

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Ford has been teasing the 2017 F-150 Raptor for who can remember how long. Too long. Facts about the tires here, info about the drive modes there. If you’ve forgotten some of them over the past several months, don’t worry. We’ll refresh your memory.

We’ll remind you that its next-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 will feature direct and port fuel injection – which allows the regular 2017 F-150’s new 3.5-liter EcoBoost to generate 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

Don’t forget that the next Raptor’s 10-speed automatic will also be in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Or that the off-roader will be up to 500 pounds lighter than its predecessor.

Also, keep in mind that the 2017 Raptor will have two separate pipes coming out of the engine and out below the back bumper. In other words: a true dual exhaust.

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It will have a Baja drive mode as well, which will cut back the traction control and make the throttle more responsive for blasts through the desert. Sport mode will do the same with the throttle and make the tranny hold gears longer to keep the Raptor in the meat of the powerband.

When the 2017 Raptor eventually comes out, it’ll be wearing race-honed BFGoodrich all-terrain T/A KO2 tires that were developed as the truck itself was being dialed in and polished.

You might have lost track of those things, but we’re sure there are three facts about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor you won’t ever forget once you learn them: how much horsepower/torque it has, how much it costs to buy one, and the earliest date you can drive one home.

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via [Motor Trend]

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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