Is Ford Bringing the New F-150 Raptor to Detroit?
Next-Gen Off-Roader May Debut in January
Almost as soon as Ford revealed the 2015 F-150 at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, off-road fanatics began dreaming about the new Raptor. Well, if the rumors are to be believed, Ford will be revealing the next generation of its street-legal Baja blaster at next month’s Detroit show.
We saw what was most likely a new Raptor testing in July, using the front and rear clips of the current SVT, but the midsection of the new F-150. Bystanders said the truck sounded like a turbocharged V-6 was providing motivating force, which isn’t too surprising. The next Raptor will employ much of the weight-saving measures of the new F-150, so it won’t need the incredibly thirsty 6.2L V-8. Ford ran a 2.7L EcoBoost engine in a Baja racer-turned-test mule in 2013, so we know that engine is up to the task, but we’d bet the high-performance F-150 will instead be powered by the larger 3.5L EcoBoost.
If the Raptor is indeed powered by the twin-turbo 3.5L V-6, we’d like to see Ford turn up the wick a little bit from its current 365hp rating. Is 400 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque too much to ask? That would give the Raptor almost as much horsepower and torque as the outgoing 6.2L, but in a lighter and more efficient package.
Fanboys can expect the Raptor to maintain its world-beating heritage, but there’s no word on what off-road hardware we can expect from the new truck. But it wouldn’t be like Ford to allow the F-150 to languish in the shadow of its predecessors, and we think the next Raptor is going to carry that tradition forward, too.