2017 Ford F-150 Raptor video review

Ford’s twin-turbo V6-powered F-150 laps up American desert country.

2017 Ford F150 Raptor video review

IT MAY be a different rig to the Aussie-bound Raptor due in local showrooms later this year, but it was impossible to refuse a drive of the F-150 Raptor when we were across the Pacific last year.

The 2017 F-150 Raptor runs Ford’s stonking twin-turbo 335kW/691Nm EcoBoost V6 engine, an engine that’s unfortunately not transitioning into Oz-bound Raptors – we’ll instead get the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel capable of 157kW and 500Nm.

In the F-150 the V6 is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, so there are plenty of gears to maximise fuel economy and keep the engine on the torque. A 4WD system offers the options of rear-wheel drive, on-demand all-wheel drive and locked 4x4 with high and low range.

The Raptor excelled on the desert tracks of the Mojave Desert in California, where it keeps on keeping on with the pedal pegged to the floor. Baja mode is clearly where the fun is had on open desert country, but there are also Sand, Rock and Snow modes available from the multi-terrain system.

It doesn’t just lap up open country, as its dual-range transmission, rear-locking differential, ample ground clearance, generous wheel travel courtesy of the Fox suspension, and decent off-road tyres – 35-inch BFG KO2s – also make it capable in a true off-roading sense.

The Fox suspension comprises of 3.0-inch Fox coilovers up front and Fox shocks supporting the leaf springs at the rear. This give is 330mm of travel up front and 353mm down back.

Australia’s 157kW/500Nm Raptor will be available later this year, but those wanting American muscle can still get a US-spec F-150 through RHD conversion companies like Harrison F-Trucks, Performax International and American Vehicle Sales, but you’ll need to fork out a considerable amount of cash – around $180K – to land one in your garage.

 

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