In the wee hours of Monday morning, Ford finally released details of its all-new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew.
For the coming model year, SuperCrew Raptors – which go on sale this fall – will feature a 145-inch wheelbase, which is a full foot longer than SuperCab models.
A dose of high-strength steel and aluminum alloy saved up to 500 pounds versus the prior Raptor. For muscle, the F-150 Raptor will be powered by a Raptor-exclusive second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that produces more power with greater efficiency than the current 6.2-liter V8, which is rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is matched with a 10-speed transmission.
The lighter weight coupled with a power bump makes the new Raptor more agile off road, according to Ford.
The all-new F-150 Raptor starts with a purpose-built fully boxed frame that Ford says is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, and features more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.
The all-new F-150 Raptor also boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires designed for off-road performance.
An all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with advanced off-road mode driver-assist technology, further improves Raptor’s performance so it is easy to drive off-road across varying terrain.
F-150 Raptor’s new transfer case, which manages power distribution between the front and rear wheels, combines attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with mechanical-locking four-wheel drive to send power to the wheels in slippery conditions.
An all-new Terrain Management System enables the driver to select modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions.
Six preset modes help the truck power through different terrain and driving conditions:
- Normal mode for everyday driving
- Street mode for higher-performance, on-road driving
- Weather mode for rain, snow or ice
- Mud and sand mode for muddy and sandy trails and terrain
- Baja mode for high-speed desert running and
- Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling
An available Torsen front differential increases off-road capability further. The system increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades – even when traction is split between the front tires.
F-150 Raptor comes standard with new FOX Racing Shox with custom internal bypass technology that works to damp and stiffen suspension travel over rough terrain, helping prevent the truck from bottoming out.
Front and rear shock canisters have grown from 2.5 inches to 3 inches in diameter for improved performance and the new Raptor features more suspension travel than the current Raptor’s 11.2 inches at the front and 12 inches at the rear.