Ford Raptor: From Zero to Hero in 3.5 Seconds

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Forbes Writer Credits Advanced Tech and Off-Road Prowess for Confidence Behind the Wheel

Labels are nothing new to trucks. Truck manufacturers love to dress up their models in a plethora of shiny little labels all-around. Whether it’s to announce their engine size, fuel type, or their fancy trim, badges are a tradition. More importantly, they provide a sense of pride. Especially for the guy that owns a King Ranch over a Lariat, or a Platinum over a King Ranch. That being said, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is one of the few pickups that could sport a “high-performance” badge. If such label existed, of course.

Part of that comes from its engine. The high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 pumps out 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. An increases of 75 horsepower and 40 lb-ft of torque from the regular 3.5-liter EcoBoost in less hardcore 2017 F-150s. Furthermore, the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission also takes credit for such impressive performance.

A huge part of the new truck’s high-performance credentials is its off-road software and hardware. The Torque-On-Demand transfer case, the internal-bypass FOX Racing Shox, the available beadlock wheels, and the six-mode Terrain Management System – it all works in harmony. The Raptor can fly over sand dunes and land without breaking its back (or yours), crawl rocks, and then rocket down the highway on the way back home.

Ford Raptor

A Forbes and Kelly Blue Book contributor recently tested the Raptor, and couldn’t help but highlight the Raptor’s advanced tech. In his review, Karl Brauer says, “At its best technology makes our lives easier and, when applied to high-performance vehicles, adds to our confidence. That’s exactly how Ford’s updates to the new 2017 F-150 Raptor manifest.” He praises the Baja mode after experiencing it at the OHV park outside of Los Angeles. He adds, “This is where the Raptor really shined, blasting over soft sand undulations and deep ruts that I saw… but never really felt.” Brauer calls the Raptor out for being smarter than him at figuring out off-road challenges. As a result, the Raptor is so smart, it truly took him from zero to hero.

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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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