F-150 fans have been waiting for the details on Ford’s new Ecoboost engine for a while, especially when it comes to the 2017 Raptor.
We’ve got all the info you need in the video below! Let us know what you think of the new 2017 Raptor and it’s engine in the comments!
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Most of us were disappointed in Ford’s decision to move the 2017 Raptor away from a robust 6.2L V8, instead replacing it with a puny 3.5L V6.
Well, the blue oval has finally released some hard numbers on the engine and transmission for it’s F150 series of trucks.
Will it leave something to be desired or will it surpass everyone’s expectations?
When Ford announced the 2017 Raptor at the Detroit Auto Show in 2015, they assured the public that although they’d be moving from a 6.2L V8, their new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Twin Turbo that’s paired with a new 10-speed transmission would have “substantially more horsepower and torque.”
Ford has been tight lipped about the new powertrain and F150 fans have been itching for more info.
Early leaks included a slip up during the 24 Hours of Daytona where Ford Global Product Development Vice President Raj Nair said the new Raptor would have 450hp.
And then, a few months later an eagle eyed Forza Motorsport 6 player spotted that the game also lists the truck at 45 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque.
Despite this, Ford had never confirmed the new engine’s specs. Until now, that is.
Ford has yet to give specific numbers on the Raptor’s power and torque, however the 2nd gen 3.5L Ecoboost V6 has a base horsepower of 365. That’s not quite the 450hp that we hoped for but we have our fingers crossed that the rumors come true once it’s under the hood.
Torque is where this engine beats the previous Raptor with a base torque of a whopping 450lb-ft compared to the 434lb-ft.
Along with that new engine comes the first mass produced 10-speed transmission.
Compared to previous six speed transmissions it features improved acceleration and performance while increasing highway fuel economy. It’s also the first Ford gearbox that does not use cast-iron components.
Now since it’s a 2017 model and computers control everything these days, the transmission includes a new real-time-adaptive shift scheduling algorithms that monitor more than a dozens factors to ensure the right gear at the right time.
If history proves correct, the new engine should be highly tuneable. When it’s put under the hood of the Raptor we’re sure that both the horsepower and torque will be more than enough to make us grin ear to ear while driving it through the trails.
So, does the new engine make you excited to buy the new 2017 Raptor or are you going to miss the roar of a v8 so much that nothing else will quench your thirst for power?
You can talk about it, and tell us in the comments below!
Get in a couple arguments, yell at each other.
Anyway, I’m Ken with 4 wheel online and you’ve just been refreshed!