2017 Ford Raptor Embraces EcoBoost V6, 10-Speed Transmission

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The Ford Raptor was an amazing success story for the Blue Oval, and the next-gen Raptor aims to be even better. This morning an all-new Ford Raptor was revealed, weighing in 500 pounds less and replacing the 6.2 liter V8 with a more powerful 3.5 liter EcoBoost backed by a 10-speed transmission and an all-new FOX Racing Shox suspension system.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to many of the new technologies Ford has integrated into the new Raptor, including new LED lighting and better camera technology for improved visibility, on and off the road. An all-new terrain management system coupled with the FOX Racing Shox allows even more suspension travel than the 12-inches the last Raptor offered.

Ford isn’t talking fuel economy just yet, but with an engine nearly half the size of the old V8, plus a 10-speed automatic transmission, this off-road monster should end up being a comparatively frugal fuel sipper. And those worrying that the 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine can’t handle the rigors of off-roading, take heart; Ford has already taken a well-worn EcoBoost engine across the Baja 1000 before taking it apart, just to demonstrate how potent and reliable it really is.

That’s not the only EcoBoost performance car Ford brought to Detroit though…

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Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.