The New Raptor Out Torques The Last Ford GT Supercar
When we think of the Ford Raptor, it’s already a magnificently impressive machine. In previous years, it’s been capable of ploughing through the toughest of terrain, no matter whether you’re looking for fun or utility.
However, Ford has also been known for amazing super sports cars, like the Ford GT. According to their executive, who spoke nearly two years ago of the Ford Raptor’s latest enhancements, there are some big changes ahead. We’ll use the GT for comparison.
A Look at the Engines
The 2017 Ford Raptor is set to feature a 3.5L turbocharged V6 engine. In terms of basic performance, 450 horsepower at 5,000 RPM is no small feat, especially when you consider that Ford’s latest GT super sports car delivers 550 horsepower.
Torque is another matter altogether. Because towing capacity is ever more important to trucks than horsepower, especially powerful models like the Raptor, its 510 pounds per foot of torque and 3,500 RPM is a huge performance increase.
By comparison, it’s 10 greater than the latest Ford GT supercar. What a phenomenal feat for a truck, within a class that isn’t expected to tow nearly its capacity of 8,000 pounds. It’s not meant as the ultimate work truck in terms of towing, however it’s clear that it holds some significant advantages for its class.
Even compared to the 2017 Ford F150 that uses the fuel efficient yet powerful 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine format, that’s 40 more pounds per foot of torque.
Fuel Economy and Updated Standards
It’s no secret that Ford has been utilizing EcoBoost technology for both standard and optional engine parts.
It’s also quite clear that Ford has made extensive enhancements to the fuel economy across their entire line. Even with stricter legal regulated standards for fuel consumption looming, their latest GT supercar is rumored to have a potential 600+ horsepower.
Now let’s look at the Ford Raptor. The EcoBoost engines hardly perform worse in terms of fuel consumption, with 1 less miles per gallon at an estimated EPA rating, across the board. Practically speaking, results are nearly identical.
However, fuel emissions are dramatically reduced. Combine that with the fact that you now have access to these engines as standard features in many cases, and their reliably improved performance over the years, and the future is looking very positive.
Appearance and Additional Concerns
Not much has been revealed about the 2017 Ford Raptor, as of yet. We do know that the torque is stunningly impressive, and set to match or beat any legal requirements. However, what we don’t know is any optional trims or advanced features.
We should see the continued improvement in smart and semi-autonomous technologies. Things like forward and rear collision warning systems, 360 cameras and Blind Spot Information systems that can sense the entire body of the truck as well as a trailer being towed behind it are likely to be available at an affordable price.
We also have one complete photo of the soon to be released power truck. While access to validated and verified information remains in limited access sources, enthusiasts galore have begun to speculate with their expertise.
The 2017 Raptor Discussion Board on Facebook, for example, holds a wealth of interest. However, at this point it’s all leaked information and tidbits of projected performance ratings.
Speculation exists in many different areas. However, it is confirmed indirectly by Ford from several sources that the new Raptor will have even greater torque than their latest GT supercar. Whether different features will appear in exterior trims isn’t clear at this point, however with so many people sharing their interests, it could impact the final packages that are released.