| 14/01/2015 | 0 Comments

Ford introduced the all-new F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup in the company’s lineup.

Ford_Raptor_1Ford has reengineered every part of the F-150 Raptor to make it the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader and more efficient than ever.

Ford_Raptor_6Forged from high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps save more than 500 pounds of weight, Raptor’s exterior design is inspired by Ford’s performance heritage in off-road racing that includes Best in the Desert, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the famous Baja 1000. It’s chiseled looks are reminiscent of those found in Trophy Trucks – the most powerful and fastest off-road pickups.

Ford_Raptor_4Raptor is 6 inches wider than the standard F-150 for improved stability. The all-new Raptor also boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.

Ford_Raptor_3Raptor is powered by Ford’s new, second-generation 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. It will be paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission for improved efficiency.

Ford_Raptor_7An all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with an advanced, easier-to-use version of off-road mode driver- assist technology, further improves Raptor’s trail performance. The 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.

Ford_Raptor_8Raptor’s all-new Terrain Management System enables the driver to select modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions – from snow to mud, sand and more. There are six preset modes for the truck depending on terrain and driving conditions. An available Torsen front differential increases off-road capability further.

Ford_Raptor_5Building a high-performance off-road truck isn’t just about engine power – more importantly, it’s about the suspension. The Raptor comes standard with new FOX Racing Shox with custom internal bypass technology that works to damp and stiffen suspension travel over rough terrain to help 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.

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