News: 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew

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Four Speed

A four-door Raptor pickup with a 10-speed trans and six driving modes

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company

If you are heading out into the wild for an off-roading adventure, you probably want to bring a few friends. Ford knows where your head is at. Today at the North American International Auto Show, the company revealed a SuperCrew version of the Ford Performance pickup, along with more about this impressive truck’s capabilities.

Unique to the Raptor in the truck line, the Avalanche Gray paint is a sign that this truck is part of the Ford Performance family. It will also look great parked next to a matching Shelby GT350. No matter the color, the Raptor wears 17-inch wheels wrapped with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 off-road performance tires.
Unique to the Raptor in the truck line, the Avalanche Gray paint is a sign that this truck is part of the Ford Performance family. It will also look great parked next to a matching Shelby GT350. No matter the color, the Raptor wears 17-inch wheels wrapped with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 off-road performance tires.

“F-150 Raptor means superior off-road capability, from rock crawling to sand running,” Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director, said. “With the addition of SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor customers can leave the pavement behind—without sacrificing comfort and space.”

A full 12 inches longer than the standard Raptor, the SuperCrew’s 145-inch wheelbase allows the truck to wear four full-size doors so the rear passengers can easily hop in the truck. Once onboard, the extra length gives those passengers more legroom.

A full 6 inches wider than a standard F-150, the Raptor not only looks the part, it is packed with performance features. Just like its Ford Performance passenger-car cousins, the Raptor F-150 benefits from a host of driving modes that allow the driver to tune the truck’s behavior for its intended use. The modes in the new modes include Normal, Street, Weather, Mud & Sand, Baja, and Rock.
A full 6 inches wider than a standard F-150, the Raptor not only looks the part, it is packed with performance features. Just like its Ford Performance passenger-car cousins, the Raptor F-150 benefits from a host of driving modes that allow the driver to tune the truck’s behavior for its intended use. The modes include Normal, Street, Weather, Mud & Sand, Baja, and Rock.

The new truck doesn’t give up strength for that stretch either. Like the standard Raptor, the SuperCrew features a fully boxed steel frame, which provides a robust foundation for the performance driveline that moves this pickup.

With more performance than  the 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque of the outgoing 6.2 on tap, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine powering this truck feeds a new 10-speed transmission and a new torque-on-demand, four-wheel-drive transfer case designed to put that power to the most efficient use.

If you need even more traction, the latest Raptor is available with an optional Torsen limited-slip differential, which is said to greatly improve the grip available to the front of the truck, which helps pull the Raptor over inclines.
If you need even more traction, the latest Raptor is available with an optional Torsen limited-slip differential said to greatly improve the grip available to the front of the truck, which helps pull the Raptor over inclines.

Likewise, the 2017 F-150 Raptor follows in the tire tracks of the is Ford Performance passenger car brethren by offering an array of driving modes that allow the driver to tune the truck for the conditions. The six modes are Normal mode (for everyday driving), Street mode (for performance, on-road driving), Weather mode (for rain, snow or ice), Mud and Sand mode (for, you guessed it, muddy and sandy terrain), Baja mode (for high-speed desert driving) and Rock mode (for rock crawling).

You’ll get to try these modes out this fall when the new Raptors arrive at North American dealers.

Delivering the 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque produced by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is a new 10-speed transmission. It feeds a new four-wheel-drive system featuring a torque-on-demand transfer case that is said to offer the best characteristics of a clutch-driven all-wheel-drive system and a mechanical locking four-wheel-drive when traction is needed the most.
Delivering more power than the 411hp 6.2 in the last truck, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is a new 10-speed transmission. It feeds a new four-wheel-drive system featuring a torque-on-demand transfer case that is said to offer the best characteristics of a clutch-driven all-wheel-drive system and a mechanical locking four-wheel-drive when traction is needed the most.
Like the previous Raptor, the latest model is equipped with FOX Racing Shox featuring a custom internal bypass technology designed to damp and stiffen suspension travel over rough terrain and mitigate bottoming out. These shocks are improved over their predecessors by way of a canister that is 3 inches in diameter, up half an inch from the prior model’s canisters. They also deliver more suspension travel at 11.2 inches at the front and 12 inches at the rear.
Like the previous Raptor, the latest model is equipped with FOX Racing Shox featuring  custom internal bypass technology designed to damp and stiffen suspension travel over rough terrain and mitigate bottoming out. These shocks are improved over their predecessors by way of a canister that is 3 inches in diameter, up half an inch from the prior model’s canisters. They also deliver more suspension travel at 11.2 inches at the front and 12 inches at the rear.

2017 Raptor SuperCrew Gallery

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