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Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/23/2015 Megan Stewart
Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor made its official debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show earlier this year, building upon the success of both the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 with its lighter and stronger aluminum-intensive body, but also the off-road capabilities of the outgoing Raptor. From performance to design changes, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development Raj Nair believes that the all-new Raptor is "better in every way," but is he right?

While it may share some elements with the standard 2015 Ford F-150, the new 2017 Raptor builds upon the platform with a purpose-built frame that features more high-strength steel, making it the strongest F-150 in the lineup. It's thanks to the use of aluminum in the body that the new model has a weight savings of more than 500 pounds, which will help increase performance output over the outgoing model.

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Compared to the current Raptor, the new model features a more rugged appearance, from the new aggressive front fascia with an updated grille and light design to the sculpted, protruding wheel arches. In the rear, Ford utilizes a new rear window design, which gives the truck a more modern feel with its one-pane design. The truck bed has also been updated, with a new tailgate design that makes a statement. However, some might prefer the design of the outgoing tailgate as it is simpler and looks much cleaner than the 2017 model, which features an unnecessarily large Ford badge.

Further strengthening the off-road capabilities of the 2017 Ford Raptor, the automaker has made the body six inches wider, added 17-inch wheels featuring BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, and LED lighting and camera technology for improved visibility. Not much has changed inside the new model, but customers now have a choice of interior colors and materials, along with optional paddle shifters.

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For the 2017 model year, Ford will replace the Raptor's 6.2-liter V-8 for the second-gen 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, adding to weight savings and increased performance. No official numbers for the new engine setup have been released, but Ford is confident that it will not only offer better fuel economy, but offer more power than the outgoing V-8's 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. Nair previously said the new Raptor would make 450 hp.

What do you think of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor? Is it truly "better in every way" compared to the outgoing model? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week featured the Lamborghini Aventador SV, the majority of the comments were mostly positive, with only one real negative thought:

"Hands down to Lambo. Putting the right amount of sexy, power, and style. Revolting isn't an option," said Blue 100612.

"Beautiful car, but Lambos all pretty much look the same…I wouldn't be able to pick this one out of a lineup," said Jefe0303.

"I could never hate a Lambo with the SV designation. Although I still prefer the Murcielago, the Aventador is anything but revolting," said broodwatch.

"Revolting. It is too over the top, and unnecessarily so with performance comparable to a Huracan. The Huracan on the other hand is just right," said Furkan Turfanda.

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