Ford launches newest uprated version of 2017 F-150 Raptor, the SuperCrew

Article by Christian A., on January 12, 2016

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.

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Eagerly anticipated and still unmatched by any auto manufacturer, Ford – America’s truck leader – introduces the all-new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew, adding agility, versatility and roominess to the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 Raptor ever.

Developed with the DNA of a Baja race truck, F-150 Raptor is unique among off-road and performance vehicles, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain.

F-150 Raptor SuperCrew with four full-size doors provides rear passengers with more legroom and comfort on the trails and more space to stow gear while exploring the American and Canadian wilderness. SuperCrew’s 145-inch wheelbase is 12 inches longer than the standard Raptor SuperCab 133-inch wheelbase.

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

Advanced materials – including high-strength steel and high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy – help save up to 500 pounds versus the prior Raptor for improved off-road prowess. Combined with all-new EcoBoost engine technology, the next-generation F-150 Raptor’s power-to-weight ratio has been improved, making the truck even more agile off-road.

Toughest F-150 Raptor ever
The all-new F-150 Raptor starts with a purpose-built fully boxed frame – the backbone of the truck – that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.

F-150 Raptor’s chiseled looks are reminiscent of Trophy Trucks – the fastest and most powerful class of off-road pickups. F-150 Raptor is 6 inches wider than standard F-150 for enhanced stability off-road.

The all-new F-150 Raptor also boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires designed for off-road performance.

Smartest F-150 Raptor ever
F-150 Raptor is powered by Ford’s new, second-generation high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that produces more power with greater efficiency than the current 6.2-liter V8, which is rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque.

The high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost is a Raptor-exclusive in the F-150 lineup paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission for improved efficiency.

An all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with advanced, easy-to-use off-road mode driver-assist technology, further improves Raptor’s performance so it is easy to drive off-road across varying terrain.

F-150 Raptor’s new transfer case, which manages power distribution between the front and rear wheels, combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive to send power to the wheels in slippery conditions.

F-150 Raptor’s pioneering off-road driving mode technology has evolved into an all-new Terrain Management System™ that enables the driver to select modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions – from snow to mud, sand and more.

Six preset modes help the truck power through different terrain and driving conditions:

Normal mode for everyday driving
Street mode for higher-performance, on-road driving
Weather mode for rain, snow or ice
Mud and sand mode for muddy and sandy trails and terrain
Baja mode for high-speed desert running and
Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling
Most capable F-150 Raptor ever
An available Torsen front differential increases off-road capability further. The system increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades – even when traction is split between the front tires.

F-150 Raptor comes standard with new FOX Racing Shox with custom internal bypass technology that works to damp and stiffen suspension travel over rough terrain, helping prevent the truck from bottoming out.

Front and rear shock canisters have grown from 2.5 inches to 3 inches in diameter for improved performance. They feature more suspension travel than the current Raptor’s 11.2 inches at the front and 12 inches at the rear.

All-new F-150 Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant and goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada this fall.

F-150 foundation
Ford F-150 – the same hard-working light-duty truck available from XL work truck to Limited, the most luxurious F-150 ever – is the foundation of every F-150 Raptor. F-150 is part of Ford F-Series, America’s favorite truck for 39 straight years and America’s favorite vehicle for 34 straight years.

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