Kelley Blue Book® Reviews the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: Stunning Off-Road Performance

The original Ford F-150 Raptor, which was produced from 2010 to 2014, had near-mythical status among off-roading aficionados for its aggressive good looks and amazing capability on everything from sand to rocks. Now the F-150 Raptor is back for 2017. In a new review, the editors at Kelley Blue Book® pronounce the new 2017 Raptor even better than the original, with more power and features and remarkable technical ability on virtually any surface.

The 2017 F-150 Raptor features the aluminum body paneling that Ford introduced on the regular F-150 two years ago. That makes it much lighter and more nimble than its predecessor. But the Raptor's chassis is 100-percent unique, built from fully-boxed and high-strength steel, which actually makes it the strongest chassis in the entire F-series line. It's available in either SuperCab or SuperCrew versions (the latter has the longer 146.0-inch wheelbase). Both models come with a 5.5-foot bed. The 2017 Raptor is also wider (by six inches) and rides higher, with an extra two inches of ground clearance.

The new Raptor gains a new Ford EcoBoost engine - specifically, it's powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that cranks out 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque (significantly more than the 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque produced by the original Raptor's V8). This now gets the Raptor from 0-60 mph in under 6.0 seconds. The new engine is paired with Ford's new 10-speed automatic transmission, which can also operate as a manual via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is a hot item here at Jack Kain Ford, given the popularity of off-road adventuring here in Kentucky. Fortunately, we have a large selection of F-150 trucks, including the Raptor, in stock here in Versailles. Our dealership is located at 3405 Lexington Rd. in Versailles, just outside Lexington, and we're also convenient to Georgetown and Lawrenceburg. Stop in today, or give us a call at (888) 685-1211 to schedule a test drive.

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