2017 Ford F-150 First Drive Review: Floats Like A Butterfly, Bites Like A Beast

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has built a lot of hype not just because of the way it looks but also because of its powerful performance. The new F-Series model has finally taken its first drive and the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor floats like a butterfly and bites like a beast.

Real Power Confirmed

For months leading to its release, many people have speculated whether the rumors regarding the true power of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor are true. Finally, the real power has been confirmed. According to a report from Daily News, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that allows the raptor to go from zero to 50 miles per hour 5.2 seconds.

Improved Fuel Economy

In a report from Car and Driver, it was mentioned that the old Ford F-150 Raptor had a fuel economy rate of 12 and 16 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway respectively. The new Ford F-150 raptor has improved fuel economy that is rated at 15/18/16 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and combined respectively.

On-Road And Off-Road Conqueror

According to reports, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has three driving configurations for different driving terrains. Three of the configurations are designed for pavement driving and the other three are for off-road. The on-road configurations are Normal, Weather and Sport while the off-road settings are the Rock Craw, Mud and Sand and lastly, the Baja mode that allows the driver to easily tear through the desert.

The Meanest Pickup Truck

With the kind of power the 2017 Ford F-150 has under its hood, it is easily the meanest pickup truck in the segment. Add the configurations that allow the Raptor to conquer both the asphalt and the dirt-road and it becomes clear why this predator rules the pickup domain.

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