Ford is introducing its all-new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew – now more versatile, more spacious and more agile, as well as tougher and smarter. The four-door F-150 Raptor SuperCrew offers more legroom and comfort to rear occupants as well as more room for storage – thanks to its 145-inch wheelbase.
In comparison, the wheelbase of the standard Raptor SuperCab measures just 133 inches. Its capability and performance are astounding whatever the terrain is, thanks to its purpose-built engine and chassis, as well as suspension. Ford used advanced materials like high-strength steel as well as high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy to help the new SuperCrew become more off-road capable while still being lighter by 500 pounds than its predecessor.
This allowed the F-150 Raptor SuperCrew to achieve a better power-to-weight ratio for more agile performance even when it’s driven off-road. Since the purpose-built fully boxed frame of the SuperCrew features more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor, the new vehicle is considered as the toughest F-150 Raptor to date.
It is also more stable off-road than a standard F-150, since it is around 6 inches wider. Featuring a chiseled appearance evocative of Trophy Trucks, the all-new F-150 Raptor comes with dual exhaust and 17-inch wheels wrapped in next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.
Powering the F-150 Raptor is Ford's second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that develops more power than the current 6.2-liter V8 that could churn out 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. This F-150 Raptor-exclusive engine is mated to a 10-speed transmission for improved efficiency. Interestingly, the new F-150 Raptor is specified with a new four-wheel-drive, and torque-on-demand transfer case that comes with an off-road mode driver-assist technology, thereby rendering an off-road drive on varying terrain much easier to handle.
This new transfer case takes control of the power distribution between the front and rear wheels, thereby combining the best qualities of on-demand clutch-drive all-wheel drive and that of durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive. Moreover, the vehicle comes with an all-new Terrain Management System that offers six different modes for optimizing driving dynamics to environmental conditions.
The modes include: Normal mode for daily travels; Street mode for higher-performance driving on the road; Weather mode for rain, snow or ice; Mud and sand mode; Baja mode for high-speed desert travel; and Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling. For customers who want their F-150 Raptor to become more capable off-road, they could specify for the available Torsen front differential, which could increase grip for the front end, thereby allowing the Raptor to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades.
On the other hand, the F-150 Raptor comes, as standard, with FOX Racing Shox with custom internal bypass technology that could dampen and stiffen suspension travel when the vehicle is moving over rough terrain. Furthermore, Ford increased the diameter of the truck's front and rear shock canisters from 2.5 inches to 3 inches.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is derived from the F-150, which is part of the Ford F-Series. Ford will build the F-150 Raptor at its Dearborn Truck Plant and will commence sales in the United States and Canada. Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director, remarked that the F-150 Raptor has become synonymous with off-road capability, especially with the addition of SuperCrew on its lineup.