Credit Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] for keeping the new 2017 F-150 Raptor at the forefront of the automotive news cycle.
The Raptor gets new tires, it's news. The Raptor gets fancy drive modes, it's news. The Raptor gets more gears than a mountain bike, yup. The Raptor saves an infant from a burning building—one of these is made up.
The point is, Ford's folks have been very good at making us wait for the news we've wanted to hear since the F-150 Raptor was seen testing over a year ago.
How much power is pushing those knobby tires? Ford has finally given us the answer.
(Alright, so we kinda, sorta, maybe already knew, but now it's officially official.)
Ford announced Thursday that the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will produce 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque from its high-powered twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6.
The final figures represent an increase of 39 hp and 76 lb-ft over the outgoing 6.2-liter V-8. But perhaps more importantly is the 500-pound diet the new Raptor went on, thanks to more light weight aluminum body panels. That weight loss, and the Raptor's new 10-speed automatic, should help the new version put its power down quicker and accelerate up to 60 mph faster than the last generation's 6.5 seconds or so.
Of course, the best part of that acceleration was the fact that the Raptor could do it anywhere.
Oh, and if you care: the Raptor manages 15 mpg city, 18 highway and 16 combined, according to the EPA.
Chances are, if you're thinking about ordering the 2017 F-150 Raptor, which starts at $49,520, you're not hugely concerned with the mileage anyway.