2017 F-150 Raptor with More Doors
Of all the sheetmetal that’s being unveiled in Detroit this week, there is arguably none that is more, well, machine-like in the best industrial sense of that term, than the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew. Yes, Ford unveiled the F-150 Raptor at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.
But this configuration adds another sets of doors.
Or, as Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director, puts it, “F-150 Raptor means superior off-road capability, from rock crawling to sand running. With the addition of SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor customer can leave the pavement behind—without sacrificing comfort and space.”
Well, the nicely appointed interior and the longer wheelbase—at 145 inches, 12 inches longer than the standard SuperCab version’s 133 inches—certainly help with comfort, but do you really think that the people in the back seat of this are “comfortable” in any context that you might imagine?
The industrial-strength aspect of the Raptor SuperCrew is underscored by the fact that they’re using more high-strength steel in the fully boxed frame than the four-door F-150 SVT Raptor that this replaces. And, yes, like ordinary (or less extraordinary) contemporary F-150s, the truck utilizes “high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy.”
Because thanks to the approach to materials deployment, they’ve reduced the mass of the truck by 500 pounds, which helps make the truck more off-road maneuverable.
One big—dimensionally speaking—difference between the Raptor SuperCrew and a conventional F-150 is that it is six inches wider, to help provide enhanced off-road stability.
These trucks have always been about performance, so they’ve put an all-new, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine under the hood, an engine that shares more than a little genetic material with the 3.5 in the Ford GT.
The F-150 Raptor’s engine, a second-generation version of the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6, is exclusive to the truck. While Ford hasn’t revealed the performance figures, the engine is said to be more powerful than the 6.2-liter V8 in the outgoing truck, which produces 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque.
The 3.5-liter is mated to a 10-speed transmission.
The F-150 Raptor SuperCrew will be manufactured at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan and go on sale in the fall.
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