2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Shows Some Skin
Mostly Undisguised Prototype Seen Testing With Production Body
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was spotted testing in the urban wild recently, sporting near-production bodywork under its test equipment. While we got a good look at the production-intent concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, this is the clearest look we’ve had of the mostly undisguised prototype.
Immediately apparent on the subject seen here is bulging, gaping front end that only bears a passing resemblance to that of the standard F-150 pickup. The high-clearance bumpers look just like they did in Detroit, as do the fantastic flared fenders and hood. The Ford script grille looks really good here as well, and it makes us hope that the company will offer it in unpainted gray as well as matte black (fat chance). The truck also shows a significant amount of dust and dirt built up in the fenderwells and on the skidplates. That makes us immeasurably happy.
Around back, Ford engineers did a great job manufacturing their own flared wheel arches from spare sheetmetal, which are riveted to the short cargo box. While that homebuilt look surely won’t make it to production, it does give us a good idea of what the inevitable B-52–inspired custom paintwork some custom shop will commission is going to look like.
Overall, we’re still loving the way this truck is headed. Its purposeful proportions look even better on this near-production mule than they did out on the trail awhile back, and we can’t wait to experience it firsthand.
Source: SpiedBilde Photography