Ford Revell SnapTite - A Raptor Suitable for Your Kid
Ford unveiled the latest edition of its street-legal trophy truck on Monday, and it’s put together in a way that’ll make a full-grown adult giddy. The 2017 Raptor is the kind of off-roader that you think about when you’re bored in history class (or a staff meeting), with its big, chunky tires, towering suspension, and a turbo V-6 that can churn the roughest terra into finely ground dust.
Now, kids who happen to be in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show can stop by the blue oval booth for a chance to snag their very own collectible Raptor model. Thanks to a partnership with scale-plastic model-maker Revell, Ford is handing out the kits for free through January 25th.
This 20-piece, limited-edition toy is a surefire memory-maker for any youngster eager to see Ford’s new truck in the metal.
No word yet on how Ford will determine who gets their hands on this giveaway, so your best bet is arrive early. Use our Detroit Auto Show Preview to help plan your visit. Can’t make it to Motor City, but still want your very own model Raptor? You’ll have to wait for it to go on sale in June 2015. Better start saving that allowance money.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ford F-150 Raptor.
Why it matters
The new F-150 Raptor may have broken cover, but it’s still quite a ways off from hitting the streets. Sales are slated for fall of 2015, and this new toy model is a great way to keep those interest embers glowing bright. Plus, who doesn’t like free toys? I can’t think of a better way to top off a trip to NAIAS for any kid who likes fast trucks.
Built off the latest F-150 platform (TopSpeed’s Truck of the Year for 2014), the 2017 Raptor is a bantamweight, all-terrain mud-scorcher. For the new generation, Ford threw the old 6.2-liter V-8 into the dustbin, and instead opted for a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter, V-6 power plant, an engine the company claims has a higher output than the old V-8’s 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. Mated to this is a crazy 10-speed automatic transmission, which motivates large BFGoodrich All-Terrain K02 tires over pretty much anything in its path. The body is beefed up with a high-strength steel frame, and the suspension is composed of oversized FOX Racing Shocks for big travel. Most impressive, however, is the weight, which has seen a drastic quarter ton reduction over the outgoing model thanks to the lighter engine and aluminum bodywork. Pricing is expected to mirror the previous model at just over $51,000.