Trucks 2017 Ford F150 Raptor PASMAG 1

Launching in the late 2016 as a 2017 model, there’s huge anticipation over how a much lighter, aluminum-bodied F-150 Raptor could hike performance, on-road and off. Ford promises a more powerful yet efficient engine, shorter SuperCab or more practical SuperCrew versions, to go along with roughly 500 fewer pounds to haul around. Given prior published weights, that’ll still leave it at roughly 5,650 pounds, its weight also reduced by dropping the iron-block V8 for a lighter 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6.

This will be the first application of the second generation of this twin turbo EcoBoost V6, a detuned version of the same engine that will appear in Ford’s flagship GT supercar at about the same time. Both of these Ford Special Vehicle Team-designed vehicles star in the latest Forza Motorsport 6 sim game, the Raptor the first pickup truck to be featured on some game covers. Specific power levels haven’t been officially confirmed as of this writing, but in the game it’s listed at 450 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, which should be close to what lands in showrooms.

Trucks 2017 Ford F150 Raptor PASMAG 2

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