Earlier this month, Ford dominated the Detroit Auto Show with some of the industry’s most talked about reveals. For off-road nuts, the best showcase, without a doubt, was the long-awaited 2017 Ford Raptor.
Initially, upon reveal, some long-time Ford fans were worried with the new Raptor, though. Why? Well, because the brand-new Raptor decided to switch from its classic, monster 6.2-liter V-8 engine to a leaner 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost.
The worries, however, were snuffed this week when Ford Global Product Development Vice President Raj Nair accidentally announced that the new V-6 EcoBoost Raptor will fire out 450 horsepower (which is 40 more horsepower than the outgoing, heavier V-8 model). The surprise announcement came during an interview at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Currently, the new Raptor– which also sports a new 10-speed automatic– is slotted to go on sale in fall 2016.