2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, aluminum body and steel backbone
The all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost leverages the best attributes of the first-generation design – power, reliability and efficiency – and improves it in almost every aspect. This includes a new twin port and direct injection fuel strategy, lighter and stronger crank and valvetrain components, redesigned turbocharger system with electronic wastegate, and redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.
Further F-150 powertrain improvements include the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission available for bot, the transmission optimizes engine power and torque ranges with closer ratios between gears and patented hydraulic controls. Other improvements include an Auto Start-Stop e-pump, enhanced kinematics for minimal internal friction losses and a unique high-speed one-way clutch that allows for nonsequential shifting.
Additional transmission innovations include driver-select trailer/tow mode, adaptive learning for improved shift modulation, high-efficiency filtration system that extends fluid life, and a compact package that is only 25 millimeters longer than the previous six-speed transmission. The results are a powertrain that delivers 50 lb.-ft. more torque for a class-leading 470 lb.-ft. and 10 extra horsepower to make towing and hauling even more effortless, while improving overall driveability, efficiency and emissions compliance.
Additional changes for the 2017 Ford F-150 include an available STX Appearance Package and available SYNC Connect for XLT series and higher trucks. Lightning Blue, Avalanche and White Gold are new color offerings. America’s best-selling truck for 39 years is now even better. It doesn't matter are you into truck and such a big car, once you sit in you will love it. It's nice enough to take you to a theater and bad enough to stand the desert. Recommendation? Call your dealer, what else? ■
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