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2017 Ford Raptor hits the dunes

2017 Ford Raptor hits the dunes

 

We are
suckers for a good car video. There's nothing like seeing a past, present or
future vehicle in action, especially if it's a vehicle we wouldn't get to drive
ourselves. So naturally, when a video of the 2017 Ford Raptor hit the internet
we were one of the first to watch it. 
Filmed by a
drone, this Ford video follows prototypes of the 2017 Ford Raptor around Silver Lake
State Park in Michigan. The park has an off-road area of around 450 acres that
has a mix of terrain, including sand dunes. It's perfect for hitting the dirt
and for testing a truck's off-road chops.

Here is
that video.

Ford says
they were testing engineering prototypes of the Raptor with new Fox Racing Shox
and new Terrain Management System. Ford says that these features allow the
truck to excel over rough ground. Combined with a Torsen front differential, the
Terrain Management System ensures all wheels have grip regardless of traction
levels.

It
apparently adjusts powertrain, traction control, ABS, driveline and stability
control in different driving modes to help with the rough stuff. The modes are
Road for normal driving, performance driving with Street mode, Weather mode for
rain and ice, Mud and Sand modes, Baja mode for high-speed desert and Rock mode
for really rough stuff.

Other
improvements include a new purpose-built frame that is stiffer and stronger
than current and previous models. A new exhaust system and 10 speed automatic
transmission will both improve performance while also giving better gas
mileage.

In
addition, the truck will have 17-inch wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2
tires, LED lighting and camera technology for improved visibility in all
conditions. The transmission will come with paddle shifters too. The cabin will
feature plenty of technology and some optional switches for those essential
aftermarket extras.

The 2017
Ford Raptor is also said to feature a new 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine that
delivers more power than the current V8's 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. Exact
figures are yet to be released but if this was the new V6 in action, it's going
to be good!

With the
aluminium body panels and other weight saving tweaks, the Raptor is said to be
some 300 pounds lighter than the current model. While gas mileage and emissions
are not really a primary consideration in a vehicle like this, every little
helps.

The 2017
Ford Raptor will hit the production line of Ford's Dearborn plant sometime next
summer. They should hit Ford dealerships fall 2016.

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