Ford Begins Taking Orders For The F-150 Raptor
And so it begins!by Mark McNabb, on
Despite the books just now opening, Ford says interest in the Raptor is exceeding all its other performance products, which includes vehicles like the Mustang GT350 and Ford GT. More than 30,000 Raptors have been virtually built on Ford’s Build & Price website in the last 10 days alone, with more than 90,000 hits to the page.
What’s more, dealerships already have a backlog of waiting customers. Team Ford in Las Vegas says it already has roughly 300 customers on a waiting list. And despite being one of the highest volume Raptor dealerships, Owner Steve Olliges says he’s having to turn customers away since he’s over his allocation limit.
“It’s a great problem to have, but it’s tough because there’s so much interest in the product,” Olliges said. “We do everything we can to get our hands on Raptors for our customers, whether that’s referring them to other Ford dealers or making calls to find trucks for them.”
Ford also reports that of all the F-150 Raptors slotted to be build, 65 percent of them are marked as early orders from retail customers. Sadly Ford keeps its production numbers on the down low, so it’s impossible to quantify that percentage.
It’s also interesting to note, Ford says of the 30,000 Raptors built of the Build & Price website, roughly 91 percent are SuperCrew versions. The Luxury Group also has a 90-percent selection rate, while the 77 percent of the builds include the Technology Package. And almost in homage to Henry Ford, Shadow Black is the most commonly selected color.
The Raptor will begin production in November and shipments will likely begin sometime soon after that. We’d bet dealership markups will be common, shooting the Raptor’s base MSRP of $49,520 through the roof. The first-generation Raptor sometimes experienced markups as high as $10,000 over MSRP according to past reports.
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Why It Matters
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is no doubt a highly anticipated vehicle. The first-generation Raptor sold far better than Ford expected and the high-speed off-road market has exploded because of it. Now moving into its second generation, the Raptor will surely become more popular. Much of that popularity can be attributed to its technological advancements and aggressive styling. It’s worthy of a bedroom poster or computer wallpaper.
Dreamers have a lot to obsess about – from the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and 10-speed automatic to the lightweight aluminum skin, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, and laundry list of optional features. The spouses of dreamers will enjoy the comfortable interior and everyday usability the Raptor provides. The Raptor can actually be used as an honest pickup truck when not tearing down the trails at 100 mph. Still, the Raptor isn’t a cheap thrill. Most examples will have price tags ranging between $50,000 to $60,000. That’s big money. Regardless, Ford will sell a boatload of these things every year.
Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor here.