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A mild refresh & big powertrain updates bring the F-150 into 2018

Ford has reworked the F-150 for 2018 with cosmetic updates, new active safety systems, and some healthy powertrain upgrades. A new front fascia and modifications to the taillights and tailgate constitute the exterior changes, along with new wheel choices. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist are now present, too. But the biggest changes happen under the hood.

Ford has upgraded nearly every engine option. The base 3.5-liter V-6 has been replaced with a new 3.3-liter V-6 with more power and better efficiency. Both the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 have been improved with more power. Ford’s 10-speed automatic now comes standard on all but the base V-6. Best of all, an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbodiesel joins the lineup. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 carries over unchanged, though it received a huge update for the 2017 model year. The same is true for the 2017 F-150 Raptor’s High-Output 3.5-liter EcoBoost. The F-150 is Ford’s biggest seller and highest profit-maker, so it’s completely understandable why Ford pays it so much attention. The current F-150 debuted for the 2015 model year, so it’s not really old. In fact, it still remains the newest full-size, half-ton pickup among the Big Three – beating the Chevy Silverado by a year and the Ram 1500 by six. Only the 2017 Nissan Titan is newer.

Update 08/09/2017: EPA estimates for the 2018 F-150’s fuel economy have been released. Efficiency improves for the base V-6, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, and the V-8. Towing and Payload stats are also announced.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford raised the bar yet again when it moved the Raptor name over to the new F-150 design. Along with the new design came that lightweight aluminum bodywork, and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. That engine, as fate would have it, raised a lot of concern over power output. That concern was short-lived, however, once Ford announced that it delivers some 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque when drinking on some 93 octane. That’s a hell of a lot more than the outgoing 6.2-liter V-8 at 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet. Ford even went so far as to strengthen the Raptor’s frame – it cut back on the weight reduction, naturally, but it’s still 500 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. Throw in thinks like Fox Racing shocks, BFGoodrich All-Terrain K02 Tires, and a whole host of other off-road goodies and you’ve got yourself an off-road demon. Even if you don’t have one in your driveway, you can have it on your desktop, so check out our awesome selection of wallpapers.

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Comparison: Is the GMC Sierra AT4 a Solid Alternative to the Ford F-150 Raptor?

Comparison: Is the GMC Sierra AT4 a Solid Alternative to the Ford F-150 Raptor?

We compare GMC’s new truck to the most hardcore hauler out there

GMC just launched a new-generation GMC Sierra that redefines the luxury pickup truck segment through its imposing looks, premium interior, and segment-first carbon-fiber bed. But General Motors also used the new Sierra to introduce a new model line for GMC vehicles. It’s called the AT4 and adds extra features inside and out and a lift kit. With the Sierra more capable in off-road terrain in this setup, truck enthusiasts can’t help but wonder whether the AT4 is a good proposition for the mighty Ford F-150 Raptor. To answer this question, I’m going to have a closer look at both trucks in the comparison below.

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Tuscany Brings Two Modified Ford F-150s to 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Tuscany Brings Two Modified Ford F-150s to 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Trucks include Shelby name with upgraded power

Ford didn’t limit itself to regular production vehicles at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Rather, it invited Tuscany to participate in the fun. Tuscany is an independent aftermarket coachbuilder that contracts with Ford to upgrade trucks with special packages and performance modifications before selling them at Ford dealerships and covered under Ford’s new-vehicle warranty.

Well, Tuscany brought two Shelby-branded trucks to the show – both of which are lifted 4WD modes, but with very different personalities.

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Flex Those Muscles: Ford F-150 is the Favorite Vehicle Among Members of the U.S. Military

Flex Those Muscles: Ford F-150 is the Favorite Vehicle Among Members of the U.S. Military

It’s also the best-selling truck in the U.S. in the last 36 years

36 straight years. That’s how long the Ford F-150 has sat atop the best-selling truck list in the U.S. The F-150’s timeless popularity is unquestioned to the point that it’s not surprising to hear that the truck has also been named the best-selling vehicle among members of the U.S. military. A study conducted by the United Services Automobile Association’s car buying service revealed the status of the F-150 among all branches of the U.S. military in 2017. It’s the latest accolade given to a model that also earned the 2018 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award for the fourth year in a row.

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Ford Posts Weak Profits, Aluminum Costs Partially To Blame

Ford Posts Weak Profits, Aluminum Costs Partially To Blame

Will the company’s alloy gamble pay off?

Ford Motor Company posted a profit for the fourth quarter of 2017, but the numbers aren’t as impressive as hoped. The Blue Oval is placing part of the blame on rising commodity costs.

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Ford F-150 Power Stroke Turbodiesel Finally Debuts for 2018

Ford F-150 Power Stroke Turbodiesel Finally Debuts for 2018

Offers class-leading pulling and hauling stats

Ford has finally pulled the wraps off its long-awaited 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbodiesel for the 2018 F-150. The engine will compete directly with the Ram 1500’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 and General Motors’ upcoming light-duty turbodiesel anticipated for the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.The addition of the Power Stroke to the F-150 lineup means six engines to choose from.

The 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 makes an impressive 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, with torque peaking at just 1,750 rpm. The engine comes mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic with a unique calibration for diesel use. With the right truck configuration, Ford says the Power Stroke will tow 11,400 pounds and haul 2,020 pounds in the bed. That’s a full 2,190 pounds more than the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is able to tow, and 420 pounds more than the Ram can haul. Naturally, Ford is also looking to beat Ram at fuel economy, too. Ford is shooting for 30 mpg on the highway – beating the Ram by one mpg. Only the EPA’s testing will validate Ford’s engineering.

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2018 Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 6x6 by Hennessey Performance

2018 Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 6x6 by Hennessey Performance

Adding an extra axle and a ton testosterone

How do you make a Ford F-150 Raptor any more awesome? Hennessey Performance has a great answer – stick an extra axle under an elongated cargo bed then add 150 horsepower. Hennessey is no stranger to making outlandish vehicles with insane levels of power. The Texas-based tuner has done several Raptor upgrades before, and naturally, their bread-n-butter is adding more horsepower to stock vehicles. But this marks the first time a 6x6 configuration has been involved.

Mercedes started the 6x6 trend in 2013 with the G63 6x6. Since then, a handful of aftermarket companies have followed those tracks. The idea behind the 6x6 setup is added traction, better payload and towing capacities, and shear badassery. One look at the G63 6x6 or the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6 confirms that. Hennessey can’t confirm how well the VelociRaptor 6x6 handles in the dirt, however. The first example already has customer money on the hood. It’s also the same truck Hennessey took to the 2017 SEMA show. With SEMA over, Hennessey had only a few days to ship the truck to its owner in Florida.

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Ford And Roush Giving 2018 F-150 V-8 a Supercharged Punch

Ford And Roush Giving 2018 F-150 V-8 a Supercharged Punch

Collaboration comes directly from SEMA and brings 640 HP to 5.0-liter V-8!

Remember the Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck from the 2017 SEMA show? Well, Ford Performance and Roush Performance are paring yet again to bring the Muscle Truck’s muscle to customers nationwide. Ford will offer a Roush supercharger kit for the 2018 F-150’s 5.0-liter V-8. The roots-style blower will be installed at Ford dealerships by ASE-certified Ford technicians and come with a Ford-backed warranty.

Don’t think the F-150’s V-8 is no dud from the factory. Rather, the 2018 update brought ten more horsepower and 13 more pound-feet of torque for a total of 395 and 400, respectively. Adding the supercharger is said to bring levels to 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque! That’s impressive. Other modifications would include a re-flash of the ECU, a new high-flow intake, and likely an exhaust system. Naturally, with this being a dealer add-on part, anybody willing to pony up the cash can get the extra power – regardless of what trim or cab configuration their 2018 F-150 has. Imagine a single cab, short bed F-150 with 640 horsepower. Oh, wait… one Ford dealership already has.

Ford has not released pricing for the Roush Performance supercharger kit or the shop fees for installation. We do know the blower will become available sometime in early 2018.

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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Hold on to your butts, things are about to get weird

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

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This Ford F-150 By CJ Pony Parts Is the Ultimate Rock Climber

This Ford F-150 By CJ Pony Parts Is the Ultimate Rock Climber

Ready for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari!

The 2017 SEMA Show was packed with modified pickup trucks, but none was as spectacular as this EcoBoost-powered rock climber built by CJ Pony Parts. The aftermarket parts supplier has been a constant presence in Las Vegas in recent years, showcasing a restomod 1965 Ford Mustang built with TMI Products, a custom Focus ST with Ford, and a beefed up Mustang EcoBoost with Ford Performance. In 2017, CJ Pony Parts chose to stay away from the car performance realm and opted to create a stunning off-road-equipped F-150 pickup truck.

Already a solid truck thanks to its aluminum body, leading technology, and fuel-efficient engines, the F-150 is now able to tackle the Moab Easter Jeep Safari alongside the most hardcore Jeep Wranglers out there. CJ Pony Parts says that its goal with this build was to create something "that not only looked tough but can back up that look with massive off-road capability," it seems that the result matches the description. Exterior upgrades are numerous, starting with Lund fender flares, custom two-tone paint with orange graphics, and a rear differential cover. There’s also a T-Rex grille; Rigid Radiance LED lights, Rock Slider side steps, and new Stealth Fighter and Honey Badger bumpers front and rear. The truck also features an Oracle Lighting ColorShift LED underbody lighting kit.

The list of accessories continues inside with a Raptor steering wheel with orange stitching, Ford Performance door sill plates, custom headrests with CJ Pony Parts logo, and orange accents on the dashboard, door panels, center console, and floor mats. But the really important upgrades were operated under the skin.

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2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck

2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck

Raptor looks, off-road capability, standard power

The 2017 SEMA Show is here, and as it happens every year, Ford brought a handful of modified F-150 pickup trucks to Las Vegas. Among them, there’s a beefed-up version created by the folks over at RTR Vehicles. Known mostly for tuning Ford Mustangs and for providing Vaughn Gittin Jr. with vehicles for the Formula Drift series, RTR used its experience in creating race-ready pony cars to put together a performance-oriented F-150.

RTR used a Lariat SuperCrew model as a base for this souped-up truck and add some of the features seen on its Gittin-prepped Mustang, most notably the D-shaped LED lights in the grille. Of course, the F-150 got a few unique touches as well. But, unlike the Mustang RTR, there’s no improvement in terms of horsepower and torque, although the truck now sports a wide range of chassis upgrades. So while it’s not as quick as the Raptor, it’s definitely more capable on the unbeaten path than a standard F-150.

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Hagerty Has These 2017-2018MY Cars On Track To Be Future Collectibles

Hagerty Has These 2017-2018MY Cars On Track To Be Future Collectibles

Now may be the time to scoop up any one of these cars

2017 has been quite the year for the automotive industry. We’ve seen hypercars make their debuts. We’ve seen incredible advancements and electrification and autonomous driving technology. Heck, we’ve even seen deceased brands come back to life - shout out to TVR! - with a vengeance. One of the best parts of all these releases is that at some point, some of them will inevitably skip the depreciation curve and become collectible cars. The trick is figuring out which ones will be able to navigate down that road, and if you’re trying to do that, there’s no better source of authority in matters pertaining to the collector car market than Hagerty.

It’s safe to say that when the insurance company talks, all of our ears perk up. If it says that one of today’s models is on the inside track to be a future classic, there’s a good chance that it could turn into one. Ok, so enough small talk. Hagerty’s has already released its picks of 2017-2018 models that are trending on the right path. It’s not a guarantee that these cars will earn collectible status in the future, but having Hagerty’s stamp of approval goes a long way in shaping the opinions of car collectors all over the world.

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The 2018 F-150 Earns Big With IIHS Safety Ratings – Except For One Thing

The 2018 F-150 Earns Big With IIHS Safety Ratings – Except For One Thing

A Top Safety Pick+ award is even lost over the issue

The Ford F-150’s skin might be made from recycled beer cans, but the full-size pickup scored very well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s barrage of testing. Since it debuted in 2015, the current F-150 has scored a “Good” in all crash tests. But, things aren’t all rainbows and butterflies for the half-ton pickup. The 2018 F-150 is too short-sighted to earn the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+. The reason: it can’t see well in the dark.

The IIHS rates the F-150’s headlights as “Poor” in all five of its tests.

Both the base halogen headlights in the lower-trimmed F-150 and the LED headlights in the more expensive models scored a “Poor” in visibility testing. The halogen lights’ low and high beams fall short in straightaway visibility on the left and right sides of the road. The low beams only give 149 feet of visibility on the right, and 89 feet on the left and the high beams only shine 412 feet and 317, respectively. In curves, the headlights perform even worse, providing an average of only 102 feet of visibility with the low beams and 148 feet with the high beams in the four different curve tests done by the IIHS.

Jumping up to the LED headlights don’t help the situation, though they perform a tab bit better. The low beams shine 323 feet on the right and 168 feet on the left, while the high beams shine 544 feet on the right and 428 feet on the left. In turns, the LED low beams illuminate an average of 135 feet ahead, and the high beams shine an average of 163 feet ahead. The unfortunate trade-off for the better performance is excessive glare for oncoming traffic with the low beams. They exceed the IIHS’ glare threshold between 94.8 and 187.9 percent. That’s not good.

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Don't Fall Out! Ford F-150's Doors Can Fly Open

Don’t Fall Out! Ford F-150’s Doors Can Fly Open

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks over door latch issue

Ford is issuing a safety recall for roughly 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duties from 2015 to 2017 over concerns the door latch can become inoperable, which could lead to the door not opening, or worse, the door flying open while driving. Ford says two mechanical problems can lead to the condition. One, the latch could become frozen and two, the cable running from the inside handle to the latch can become kinked. In either scenario, serious safety problems arise.

Basically, it boils down to the door not latching or unlatching when it shouldn’t. That’s bad, especially if somebody needed to enter or exit quickly, say in an emergency. What’s worse, Ford says the door could appear closed, yet the latch be unsecured. That could lead the door to fling open while taking a turn. Forget to put a seatbelt on, and somebody is leaving the truck in a bad way.

Thankfully, Ford says it has no reports of injuries stemming from this problem but is replacing door latches on a select number of aluminum-bodied F-Series trucks. These include the current-generation F-150 built from March 2014 up through the new 2017 Super Duty built in 2016. The full list of recalled trucks is below. The recall covers 1,101,107 F-Series trucks in the U.S., 222.408 in Canada, and 21,090 in Mexico for a total of 1,344,605.

Ford’s solution to the problem is installing a “water shield” over the door latches to prevent water from getting inside. Ford didn’t specify whether the latches freeze due to rust or if actual ice was accumulating in colder weather. Regardless, Ford dealership technicians will inspect the parts and repair them if necessary.

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Columbus Day Special – 5 SUVs And Trucks To Help You Destroy A Civilization

Columbus Day Special – 5 SUVs And Trucks To Help You Destroy A Civilization

Ruin, devastation, and plenty of cup holders

Welp, it’s Columbus Day, and while your grade school textbook probably filled you in on the basics (he sailed across the Atlantic ocean blue in 1492 to “discover” the “New World,” etc.), there were also a few, uhm, less-than-pleasant outcomes to his journeys around the Americas – namely slavery, genocide, widespread disease, and generally tyrannical behavior. So then, in recognition of this, we’ve compiled a list of SUVs and trucks that a modern Columbus might use in exploration and/or the destruction of a civilization.

The criteria are pretty straightforward – it’s gotta be capable, with the sort of off-roader chops that won’t leave the would-be conqueror stranded in a tough spot. It’s also gotta be practical, with enough space in back to haul away all those shiny stolen riches. Ideally, it would also be absurdly destructive to the surrounding environment, just so everyone else knows the score. So yeah, we’re getting a little morbid with this one, but hey, it’s Columbus – what did you expect?

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4WD Systems Are More Complex Than You Think

4WD Systems Are More Complex Than You Think

Watch as Engineering Explained runs through the details of the Ford F-150 Raptor

The Ford F-150 Raptor is the undisputed king of off-roading pickups – at least in the full-size segment. And now with the Raptor having entered its second generation for 2017, Ford upped the ante with whiz-bang tech that makes this Baja blaster even more capable in nearly every driving condition. Much of that tech centers on the Raptor’s 4WD system. But rather than some dogleg shifter protruding from the floor, the Raptor’s transfer case is multi-talented. It can be both 4WD and AWD, not to mention having modes for RWD and neutral. Hang on to your thinking caps, kids.

In order to make the Raptor a true all-terrain monster – meaning good on-road performance and good off-road performance no matter the type of terrain – Ford developed a special transfer case that intelligently distributes power to where it’s needed. There are four main modes, all of which are electronically controlled via both the dash-mounted knob and the Raptor’s drive modes. While the Raptor is the only vehicle that currently employs this exact system, other vehicles have had similar drivetrain setups with automatic 4WD. General Motors debuted its Autotrac system in the late 1990s. It could operate in RWD, 4WD, or a 4WD Auto mode. Likewise, the Toyota 4Runner offers a full-time 4WD system with a similar operation, minus a RWD mode. Technically speaking, this means the 4Runners has a full-time 4WD system rather than a part-time 4WD system. Land Rovers are perhaps the best-known SUV for having a full-time 4WD system. All come standard with a computer-controlled full-time system that diverts power to whatever wheels have traction. Many models go a step further by adding a 4WD Low range, which uses different gears within the transfer case to multiply torque that’s sent to the wheels. 4WD Low is best for low-speed crawling or pulling a heavy load at low speeds over a short distance, like recovering a stuck vehicle or pulling a tree off a trail.

But how’s the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor’s 4WD system work? Glad you asked; Keep reading for more – and that informative video from Engineering Explained.

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Expecting Greatness From The Ford F-150's Upcoming Turbodiesel V-6

Expecting Greatness From The Ford F-150’s Upcoming Turbodiesel V-6

Pulling power previewed by Land Rover Discovery Td6 towing 121-ton road train

Ford made big waves in the half-ton pickup segment when it announced the 2018 F-150 would be available with a V-6 turbodiesel. Details about the new 3.0-liter have been scarce, with Ford only divulging it was designed, engineered, and tested in-house and that it will wear the Power Stroke name. Fortunately for us, Ford’s corporate ties to Jaguar Land Rover give telling clues about the new Power Stroke.

See, Jaguar Land Rover’s 3.0-liter V-6 Td6 turbodiesel is actually a Ford engine – a byproduct of Ford’s past ownership of both Jaguar and Land Rover. The engine is even found in Peugeot and Citroën cars, too, as part of the Lion engine series. Introduced in the U.S. for the 2016 model year, the 3.0 Td6 plays a staring role in Land Rover’s new Discovery, the Range Rover, and Range Rover Sport. To show off the Td6’s abilities, Land Rover recently hitched a diesel Discovery to a 121-ton road train in Australia. The 328-foot-long semi truck included seven trailers – three more than what’s typically legal to tow across the open roads of the Outback. The Discovery’s turbodiesel and full-time 4WD system seemingly had no problem moving the 242,000-pound behemoth 10 miles across a flat stretch of closed highway. That’s an impressive feat given the engine’s output of 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. While Ford hasn’t disclosed its 3.0-liter Power Stroke’s specs, we can bet big money it won’t make less power than its Land Rover twin. So what does that mean for the mid-2018 F-150? Keep reading to see what we think.

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Ford Won't Revive the F-150 Lightning But This Dealership Did

Ford Won’t Revive the F-150 Lightning But This Dealership Did

A modern take on the classic sports truck

Truck fans will instantly recognize the Lightning name – it belongs to Ford and its two generations of performance-minded F-150s from back in the 1990s and early 2000s. These were short-bed, single-cab trucks with lowered suspensions and big V-8s under their hoods. Sadly, Ford dropped the F-150 Lightning in 2004 and has since kept its SVT team busy with the F-150 Raptor. That’s left the street performance pickup niche rather cold, with only the 2014 F-150 Tremor showing any signs of hope.

But like in the late 1960s, a dealership has launched its own performance upgrade for the current Ford F-150.

Pioneer Ford in Bremen, Georgia put together an “F-150 Lightning Tribute” that turns a single-cab, short-bed F-150 into a 650-horsepower monster with a side exhaust, 22-inch wheels with street rubber, and a Roush supercharger bolted to that 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. Yep, it’s got the right number of cylinders and none of that EcoBoost stuff under the hood. It doesn’t get any more American than this!

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2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150

A mild refresh & big powertrain updates bring the F-150 into 2018

Ford has reworked the F-150 for 2018 with cosmetic updates, new active safety systems, and some healthy powertrain upgrades. A new front fascia and modifications to the taillights and tailgate constitute the exterior changes, along with new wheel choices. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist are now present, too. But the biggest changes happen under the hood.

Ford has upgraded nearly every engine option. The base 3.5-liter V-6 has been replaced with a new 3.3-liter V-6 with more power and better efficiency. Both the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 have been improved with more power. Ford’s 10-speed automatic now comes standard on all but the base V-6. Best of all, an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbodiesel joins the lineup. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 carries over unchanged, though it received a huge update for the 2017 model year. The same is true for the 2017 F-150 Raptor’s High-Output 3.5-liter EcoBoost. The F-150 is Ford’s biggest seller and highest profit-maker, so it’s completely understandable why Ford pays it so much attention. The current F-150 debuted for the 2015 model year, so it’s not really old. In fact, it still remains the newest full-size, half-ton pickup among the Big Three – beating the Chevy Silverado by a year and the Ram 1500 by six. Only the 2017 Nissan Titan is newer.

Update 08/09/2017: EPA estimates for the 2018 F-150’s fuel economy have been released. Efficiency improves for the base V-6, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, and the V-8. Towing and Payload stats are also announced.

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2018 Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor

2018 Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor

Truck auctions for $300,000 to benefit youth in aviation

Ford Performance created a one-off F-150 Raptor styled after the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet for a charity auction benefiting kids’ interest and participation in flying. Called the Gathering of Eagles, the annual event is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association. This year, the auction raised $300,000 thanks to Ford’s donation of the “F-22 Raptor.” The truck obviously takes its name and styling cues from America’s premier fighter, going so far as to incorporate the jet’s silhouette into its grille and side mirrors. But that just scratches the surface of what Ford did to this 2018 F-150 Raptor Crew Cab.

The Raptor boasts a Whipple intercooler and other performance upgrades on its high-output, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, giving it an impressive 545 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque – a healthy improvement over its stock 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of twist. The bodywork received carbon fiber fender flairs, custom LED lighting, power-deploying running boards, an aggressive wheel and tire package, and that silver-over-black paint job. These, combined with other upgrades, helped the truck garner a $300,000 winning bid, beating out last year’s winning bid of $295,000 for a P-51D Mustang-themed 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 called Ole Yeller. Making the winning bid more special – it was from Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas. Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander and Ambassador for the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

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Ford Builds First Truck 100 Years Ago Today

Ford Builds First Truck 100 Years Ago Today

Happy birthday to Ford’s iconic pickup truck

Ford is celebrating 100 years of making pickups today. It was July 27, 1917 that Ford introduced the Model TT pickup. It was based on the hugely popular Model T, but came with a stronger frame built to carry 2,000 pounds in its cargo bed. A meager 209 examples were built that year. Now, a century later, Ford’s F-Series pickups continue the legacy build by Henry Ford with trucks ranging from the half-ton F-150 to the commercial medium-duty F-750 Super Duty. Nearly a million examples sold in 2017, each costing a bit more than the Model TT’s price of $600.

Henry Ford designed the Model TT to accommodate aftermarket beds, allowing the truck to cater to an endless number of industries. Yet, the Model TT used the Model T’s cab and engine, helping cut costs while streamlining Ford’s genius of an assembly line production. Remember, it was Mr. Ford who started producing vehicles on an assembly line with the Model T just nine years prior. Amazingly, this concept hasn’t changed. Ford trucks continue to share parts, like the cab section between the F-150 and the updated-for-2017 Super Duty. Between 1917 and 2017, Ford has built dozens of generations and variations of its pickups, including more unique examples like the car-based Ranchero and the compact Ranger. A more comprehensive list is down below.

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2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder

2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder

First-ever pursuit-rated police pickup

Ford is broadening its already-wide lineup of Special Service Vehicles with a pursuit-rated version of the F-150 pickup. It’s called the F-150 Police Responder, and this F-150 comes standard with the SuperCrew cab and 5.5-foot bed, powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that’s backed by Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case. The F-150 Police Responder is designed for both street- and off-road patrolling duty, making it attractive to agencies in rural environments and Federal outfits like the Border Patrol and Department of Natural Resources.

Specialized equipment exclusive to the F-150 Police Responder includes a police-calibrated speedometer, an engine hour and idle-hour meters, a 240-amp alternator for powering onboard police equipment, and “police-calibrated” brakes with upgraded calipers and pads. (Elwood Blues would be proud.) The cabin also boasts improvements, too. The front bucket seats are wrapped in heavy-duty cloth with thin bolsters designed to better accommodate bulky duty belts. Anti-stab plates are fitted within the seats, protecting against knife attacks from behind. Also, the center seat is deleted, leaving the area open for adding aftermarket police consoles. Suspects and perps are relegated to a vinyl bench seat and the entire cab floor is lined with the black vinyl common in base-model trucks – both designed for easy clean-up. Lastly, the Police Responder comes standard with the FX4 package, meaning it has underbody skid plates, upgraded shocks, and all-terrain tires mounted on 18-inch alloy wheels. As equipped, the F-150 Police Responder can tow 7,000 pounds on its Class IV receiver hitch. Expect to see Ford’s latest police vehicle in your rearview mirror by the beginning of 2018.

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Ford Builds F-22 Raptor-Themed F-150 Raptor for Charity Auction

Ford Builds F-22 Raptor-Themed F-150 Raptor for Charity Auction

Upgrades include graphics, a lift kit, bigger tires, and more power

Ford has built a one-off, 2017 F-150 Raptor with an aeronautical theme for a charity auction for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual Gathering of Eagles fundraiser. The truck is dubbed the “F-22 Raptor” in an obvious hat-tip to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth tactical fighter jet. The F-150 sports several modifications, including a grille with the F22’s silhouette, off-road lights, a custom graphics package, a larger wheel and tire setup, and modifications to the EcoBoost engine giving it 545 horsepower.

Ford design manager, Melvin Betancourt, headed the build with backing from the Ford Performance Team, meaning this isn’t some aftermarket hack job. “This F-150 Raptor is a new look at Ford’s tradition of building unique vehicles in support of EAA’s youth aviation programs,” Betancourt says. “We know this truck will create an unmatched buzz around this year’s Gathering of Eagles auction.” Last year, Ford built a Shelby GT350 Mustang called Ole Yeller to pay homage to the P-51D Mustang fighter from WWII. That car raised $295,000. This year’s F-150 F-22 Raptor goes under the gavel on Thursday, July 27 at the EAA’s AirVenture aircraft show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All proceeds will help inspire and educate youth about flying.

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Six of America's Baddest Muscle Machines

Six of America’s Baddest Muscle Machines

Quintessential rides for declaring your independence in 2017

Cue the band, Mr. Copland; today is Independence Day! It’s the day American celebrates her declaration of independence from Britain amid the bloody Revolutionary War, which lasted from 1775 to 1783. Now some 234 years after the battle’s end, America can celebrate something else, too – the laundry list of high-horsepower vehicles that out-class nearly everything on the world’s roads. These cars, trucks, and SUVs represent the best-of-the-best, the most lust-worthy iron ever to transport humans.

These vehicles hail from American brand rich with history. We’ve included only late-model vehicles that represent the peak of their segment, and each will easily outgun nearly anything from outside our borders. Brands like Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge are not only a cornerstone in the automotive industry, they are icons to the American way of life and our never-ending pursuit of happiness. So stand by for 4,295 horsepower of American Freedom!

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The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

How American can a vehicle be?

Each year, the American University’s Kogod School of Business conducts a survey of the automotive industry. The D.C.-based school maps out the most American-made vehicles, regardless of their brand. Seven key criteria are used in determining the rankings, but it comes down to the percentage of American and Canadian parts used and location of the vehicles’ assembly, research and development, and corporate headquarters.

Though Kogod’s inclusive survey ranks every vehicle sold in the U.S., we’re focusing on the top 10. Much of the list hasn’t changed over 2016, but there are a few additions and missing models. An update in scoring for 2017 allows half-points for automakers (FCA, in particular) that have headquarters in multiple countries. As such, the Jeep Wrangler joins the list, despite the vehicle itself not changing. For a full explanation of the points system, check out Kogod’s website. To skip to the Top 10 most American vehicles, keep reading here on TopSpeed.com

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Ford Announces Power Specs for 2018 F-150, Expedition

Ford Announces Power Specs for 2018 F-150, Expedition

The EcoBoost family hit the gym!

Ford has announced horsepower and torque figures for its refreshed 2018 F-150 pickup and the all-new 2018 Expedition. Both vehicles have undergone major updates, including new styling and attractive technology features. But the biggest news resides under the hoods. The F-150 receives a new base V-6 engine that makes more power than the outgoing engine. Updates to the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 include more power and Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. Platinum trimmed Expeditions take the cake with a higher-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 400 horsepower!

The F-150’s new base V-6 now displaces 3.3 liters. Despite it being slightly smaller than the outgoing 3.5-liter V-6, the new engine features direct fuel injection and other advancements that give eight more horsepower and 12 more pound-feet of torque to the naturally aspirated engine. The result is 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Big torque improvements for the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 mean it now makes 400 pound-feet – 25 more than last year. Horsepower remains at 325. Ford hasn’t forgotten about the venerable 5.0-liter V-8, either. It’s now fed through direct and port fuel injection, while the cylinder get an anti-friction coating. Power is up 10 horses to 395 and torque increases by 13 pound-feet to 400, matching the 2.7-liter EcoBoost.

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Look Out Perps! Ford Launches Police-Prepped 2018 F-150 & Expedition

Look Out Perps! Ford Launches Police-Prepped 2018 F-150 & Expedition

The Special Service Vehicle package is ready for government and fleet duty

Ford is updating its lineup of Special Service Vehicles to include the updated 2018 F-150 and all-new 2018 Expedition. The pair joins the Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan and Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. Altogether, the foursome provides the widest vehicle array designed for police and government use by any one automaker.

The F-150 and Expedition SSV are fitted with special equipment designed to accommodate aftermarket upfiting with warning lights, communication radios, and laptop stands. The XL trim level brings heavy-duty rubber flooring and vinyl seats for easy clean up. Even the front 40/20/40-split bench is replaced by a 40/blank/40-split bench to accommodate center command consoles – all to make the F-150 and Expedition ready for duty. Furthermore, the gear shifters are column-mounted for more free space down low.

Ford is limiting the drivetrain choices for the F-150, allowing only the revamped 5.0-liter V-8 and the new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Both are connected to the new 10-speed automatic transmission. The Expedition is solely powered by the EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic. A 3.73 ratio and limited slip are standard in the Expedition’s rear differential. A high-output 240-amp alternator provides more power than the standard unit, making enough juice to power the bevy of equipment often found in police vehicles.

Police departments and other government agencies can order their vehicles with either RWD or 4WD. The F-150 is available in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, while the Expedition only comes in its standard length.

“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”

The F-150 and Expedition SSVs are not pursuit-rated, so don’t expect to see one involved in a high-speed chase, though both the V-8 and EcoBoost should have no trouble hitting triple-digit speeds. The SSV packages should become available in the latter parts of 2017.

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The 2018 Ford F-150 Will Have Night Vision!

The 2018 Ford F-150 Will Have Night Vision!

Get ready to see into the dark (Sort of)

Ford has developed a new nighttime pedestrian detection system and will introduce it on the 2018 F-150 pickup, along with the 2018 Mustang and European-spec 2018 Fiesta. The system is designed to help drivers better detect people walking along the roadside in low-light conditions. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the European Road Safety Observatory show that pedestrians are far likelier to be hit at night. While it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why, Ford is taking logical steps to help reduce the problem.

The system works by processing information from the bumper-mounted radar system and the windshield-mounted camera. That info is digitally compared against an onboard database of “pedestrian shapes.” Should the system detect what it believes is a person, an audible tone and visual warning light alerts the driver to danger. Should the driver not take action and the system detect an imminent impact, it will autonomously activate the brakes.

The Nighttime Pedestrian Detection System will be an available option for 2018, though it will likely become standard on high trim levels soon after. In the years to come, expect to see such technology incorporated within every vehicle’s autonomous driving system.

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Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!

Hennessey Squeezes 600 Horses From EcoBoost V-6 in 2017 VelociRaptor!

Hennessey’s first crack at the Raptor’s new EcoBoost V-6

Hennessey Performance is carrying on its tradition of building a high-horsepower version of Ford’s F-150 Raptor pickup truck. Along with the engine modifications, the Texas-based performance shop usually adds steel bumpers, aftermarket wheels, and meatier tires to Ford’s already impressive truck. The same is true for the 2017 version. And Hennessey manages to squeeze 600 horsepower from the Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6!

Yep, you read that right – this small-displacement V-6 is capable of producing 605 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and an whopping 622 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. That’s well above the 2017 Raptor’s stock output of 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

That pushes the Raptor’s 0-to-60 mph time down to 4.2 seconds, while completing the quarter-mile in just 12.9 seconds at 110 mph. That’s insanely fast for a lifted off-road pickup!

Hennessey does this by adding several performance goodies, including a high-flow air induction system, an air-to-air intercooler upgrade, a catback exhaust upgrade, and a recalibration of the EcoBoost’s software. Fine tuning on the dyno and road testing ensure a complete build. What’s more, Hennessey warranties the package for three years or 36,000 miles.

The upgrade is called the Hennessey VelociRaptor 600, indicating its horsepower rating. The company also has a VelociRaptor 500 and VelociRaptor 700 in the works.

Of course, the engine upgrade isn’t the only piece to the multi-part puzzle. Keep reading for the full run-down.

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The Last 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Raises $207K at Auction

The Last 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Raises $207K at Auction

Big money for a special VIN, but it all goes to charity

There’s no doubt the second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor is a special pickup truck. It has garnered love and attention from folks around the world, all raving about its high-speed off-road antics and Ford’s new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. As the last 2017 model is scheduled to soon roll off the assembly line, executives from Ford planned something special. The truck would be auctioned off and the winnings be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Raptor rolled across the auction block at the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.

And boy did the Raptor sell big.

The last 2017 F-150 Raptor commanded an impressive $157,000 on the auction block, but an anonymous donation of $50,000 took the Raptor’s charitable donation to $207,000. All the money will be given tot eh JDRF, which is the leading global organization responsible for researching Type 1 diabetes.

The winning bidder got an extra bonus – the choosing of a unique body color. Sam Pack, the CEO of Sam Pack Five Star Ford in Carrolton, Texas won the bid and will get to choose what whatever color he wants on his 2017 Ford Raptor. See, technically Ford has yet to build the last 2017 model year F-150 Raptor, so Pack’s truck will get a custom treatment right from the factory as it rolls down the line.

There’s no telling what color his truck might be, but we’re betting it will be interesting. For more info on the Ford F-150 Raptor, check out our full review here and our first ride here.

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Ford Launches Performance Racing School for 2017 Raptor Owners

Ford Launches Performance Racing School for 2017 Raptor Owners

Who said racing school is just for paved tracks?

Owners purchasing a brand new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor now have the chance to learn how to properly use their trucks from the folks to built it. It’s an expanded part of Ford Performance Racing School that will host Raptor owners for a one-day event with both classroom and driving time. This ongoing course is just the latest offered by Ford Performance. It joins the courses for the Mustang GT350 and Focus ST.

Best of all – the program is free!

Of course, there’s always a catch. First and most obvious, you have to purchase a 2017 or newer Ford F-150 Raptor. Second, students are responsible for their travel and hotel expenses. Everything else involving the daylong event is covered, including breakfast, lunch, safety equipment, and Ford-owned Raptor trucks.

The program’s technical name is the Raptor Assault and will take place outside Ford Performance’s Utah Motorsports Campus, just west of Salt Lake City. The facility is home to the Ford Performance Racing School, which is a track-based operation. Participants in the Raptor Assault will even have the option of purchasing a second day – one that focuses on track driving using Mustang GT.

The Raptor Assault’s classroom time will focus on the Raptor’s features, including its six drive modes and capabilities. The driving portion consists of rock crawling, Baja runs, high-speed driving, side-hilling, hill descending, and braking.

Dan McKeever, president of the Ford Performance Racing School, said, “We’re looking forward to the excitement, training and thrills Raptor Assault will deliver to owners of the 2017 truck. The new Raptor is an incredible truck, and our facility is the perfect venue to demonstrate just what it can do off-road. Our instructors can help anyone take their driving expertise to the next level – whether the person is a beginner or an experienced off-roader.”

Participants have options to bring a guest along, as well. Ford has created a separate website for the Raptor driving school, appropriately located at www.RaptorAssault.com. There, Raptor owners can enroll and book a class date.

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Top 3 Changes 2018 Brings to the Ford F-150

Top 3 Changes 2018 Brings to the Ford F-150

This is an extensive mid-cycle refresh!

The venerable Ford F-150 is undergoing yet another transformation for the 2018 model year. It was just back in 2015 that Ford debuted a completely new F-150 that used an aluminum body, a stronger steel frame, a more car-like interior, and a new 2.7- liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Now just three model years later, the F-150 again goes under the knife. So what’s different? Plenty – keep reading for the details.

The Powertrain – Ford has replaced or reworked every engine for the 2018 F-150. Well, that is if you include the all-new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that debuted for the 2017 model year and carries over into 2018. Starting at the bottom, the old 3.5-liter V-6 is replaced with a more high-tech 3.3-liter V-6. This engine features direct fuel injection for a more precise burn and better efficiency. Ford says the engine should produce the same 282 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque as the outgoing 3.5-liter, but offer better fuel economy.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 now enters its second generation, just like the 3.5-liter EcoBoost in 2017. It now comes with both port and direct fuel injection, reduced internal friction, and “improved robustness.” We’re guessing that last part includes beefed-up internals. Sadly, Ford did not spill the beans on horsepower or torque specs, but we expect it to make more than the first-generation 2.7-liter’s 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque, plus with better fuel economy. Even less information was provided about the 5.0-liter V-8, but Ford says horsepower and torque will significantly increase.

Of course, the biggest news is the addition of a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. It will bear the Power Stroke name and is expected to offer class-leading horsepower, torque, and highway fuel economy. The Ram EcoDiesel currently has the title of 29 mpg highway. Ford should have no trouble hitting or exceeding 30 mpg. That’s because the Power Stroke will turn Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. In fact, all F-150 engines will use the 10-speed automatic except for the base 3.3-liter, which will use the carry-over six-speed automatic.

Ford also made shockwaves by announcing the F-150 will offer a hybrid powertrain by 2020. No official information was released about the system, likely because the powertrain is still firmly locked in development. We’ll bring you more as we have it.

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F-150 Goes Diesel with its 2018 Facelift!

F-150 Goes Diesel with its 2018 Facelift!

Every engine updated, more in-dash tech, and upgraded active safety, too

Ford has finally pulled the covers off its revamped 2018 F-150 pickup. This mid-cycle refresh brings a new set of front grilles, new headlights, new taillights, and upgraded powertrain options, including a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel. Yep, the F-150 is now an oil-burner!

Though Ford was very coy with details regarding the powertrain improvements, it has revealed that all but the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is getting big improvements for 2018. This includes an all-new 3.3-liter gasoline V-6 that replaces the base 3.5-liter V-6; an updated 2.7-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V-8, and the addition of the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6. Don’t think Ford’s premier gasoline engine is getting the shaft – the 3.5-liter EcoBoost entered its second generation in 2017, making it just under a year old.

Ford did not provide horsepower, torque, fuel economy ratings, or pricing for these new engines, but the base 3.3-liter is expected to make the same 282 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque as the outgoing 3.5-liter. We expect fuel economy is the main change here. Every engine besides the base 3.3-liter now comes with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. Nothing was mentioned about the previously announced hybrid powertrain, however.

Technology wise, the 2018 F-150 is now available with the segment’s first adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go functionality and an available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. Ford catches up with General Motors by offering 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot for the first time, and there’s also a new, high-end B&O PLAY audio system available. Ford’s SYNC and SYNC 3 now offers FordPass with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The F-150 continues to offer its 360-degree camera system, line-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert. Added to the system from the 2017 Super Duty is Ford’s trailer tow technology, which allows the system to monitor the blind spots of a trailer up to 33 feet in length.

As for aesthetics, the F-150’s new grille is larger and statelier. Several design deviations bring different looks to the various trim levels. The Sport Appearance Package on the Lariat trim, for example, brings that slick monochromatic theme. The interior, on the other hand, does not receive changes for 2018.

We will bring all the details in a full review after the Detroit Auto Show, but for now, continue reading for more information.

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Ford F-150 Going Hybrid by 2020!

Ford F-150 Going Hybrid by 2020!

13 models getting electrified powertrains, including upcoming new crossover

Ford today held a press conference at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan to announce a sizeable $4.5 billion investment into U.S. manufacturing, the cancelation of its planned assembly plant in Mexico, and the push toward hybrid, electric, and autonomous vehicles. The F-150 leads the truck charge, with Ford saying the half-ton pickup will have an hybrid powertrain by 2020.

Ford further divulged the F-150 will continue being build at the Dearborn truck plant and that its hybrid powertrain will allow it to act as a mobile generator for job sites, while its payload and towing capacity will not be dramatically affected. Ford did not, however, spell out what type of hybrid system it will use. Rumors suggest the system will include an EcoBoost engine with an electric motor positioned between it and the transmission.

In addition to the F-150 Hybrid, Ford announced a fully electric crossover with a promised range of 300 miles. The unnamed vehicle will be built in Flat Rock for the 2020 model year and sell in North America, Europe, and Asia. The range exceeds that of the Tesla Model X’s current 289-mile maximum.

Ford’s new electric push includes a $700-million investment into the Flat Rock Assembly Plant and is expected to add 700 U.S. jobs. The investment is coming from the cancelled $1.8 billion assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Most will recognize the proposed assembly plant as the target of president-elect Donald Trump’s condemnation.

While it’s unclear whether Ford’s move was directly in response to Trump, Ford’s announcement did plainly state 3,500 jobs at the Michigan Assembly plant would be safeguarded and two new “iconic products” would soon take the place of the Ford Focus. The Focus will be relocated to an existing assembly plant in Mexico.

Of course, those “iconic products” are all but officially confirmed as the Ranger pickup and Bronco SUV. Hopefully the 2017 North American International Auto Show on January 9 and 10 will bring that official word.

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In Depth: 2017 Ford F-150 Buyer's Guide

In Depth: 2017 Ford F-150 Buyer’s Guide

A close look at the F-150’s options list

The Ford F-150 has been the best selling pickup for nearly 40 years and has more recently become the best selling vehicle – regardless of model type – in the United States. To say the F-150 is an important and well-loved vehicle would be a dramatic understatement. That’s why we’re looking deep into the F-150’s configuration and options combinations. We aim to inform consumes on what Ford offers with the F-150.

The current F-150 was dramatically reinvented for the 2015 model year an is vastly different from any other pickup on the market. That’s because its body is constructed of lightweight aluminum and it rides on a highly engineered, fully boxed steel frame. It has a pair highly technical, forced-induction engines and it is the first mass-production vehicle to offer a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Of course, the F-150 has some strong competition, namely from General Motors and Ram. GM offers its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra twins, while Ram has its 1500-series truck. There are others out there, too, including Nissan’s new-for-2017 Titan and Toyota’s aging Tundra. Still, it’s Ford that continues to sell more trucks to more people across the North American continent.

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Watch Ken Block Having Fun With The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Watch Ken Block Having Fun With The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford knows how to celebrate the first day of winter

Ken Block needs no introduction. He’s the pro rally driver turned famed driver of the Gymkhana film series. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor needs no introduction either. It’s been written about in these online pages hundreds of times. So what happens when Block meets Raptor on a snowy winter’s day? Fun.

Ford tossed a set of Raptor keys at Block and let him have fun on snow-covered hills in some that resembles Hoth from Star Wars. The Raptor didn’t have any trouble trouncing through the deep powder thanks to its Triple Peak-rated BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, tall ground clearance, Fox Racing shocks, and six computer-controlled drive modes.

Of course, the Raptor’s main weapon in its arsenal is the 450-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. This twin-turbocharged, all-aluminum, direct-injection engine kicks out a stump-pulling 510 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than enough to launch this full-size truck over any snow bank in this hemisphere.

The 2017 Ford Raptor is finally on sale after more than a year of waiting. Prices start at $48,325 for the SuperCab and $51,310 for the larger SuperCrew model.

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Ford Idling F-150, Transit Assembly Plant for One Week

Ford Idling F-150, Transit Assembly Plant for One Week

Maintenance and inventory reduction are lead factors

Ford Motor Company is planning to idle F-150 and Transit van production for one week during January at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri. The time will be used primarily to help reduce Ford’s supply of the trucks and vans as consumer demand wanes. Facility maintenance will also be performed during the down time, scheduled for January 2 through 9.

Production of the F-150 will continue uninterrupted at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant.

Ford says it has a 108-day supply of Transit vans, up from an 83-day supply at this time last year. The F-Series pickups currently have an 85-day supply, which is actually down from an 87-day supply last year.

The Kansas City Assembly Plant employs roughly 7,400 workers and runs three shifts around the clock. Employees will be retained for the week-long stint. This marks the second time in four months Ford has idled the Kansas City Plant. Back in October of 2016, the plant, along with four other Ford manufacturing facilities, halted production for a week.

Other automakers are doing the same. General Motors is having to go a step further come 2017. The automaker is planning to idle a number of its small car assembly plants in order to realign its output supply the slowing customer demand for compact and mid-size cars. Come January, GM will begin laying off nearly 3,300 workers as it cuts production shifts in three of its assembly plants in Michigan and Ohio.

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$120,000 Ford F-150 Lariat? Yup! Someone Did It

$120,000 Ford F-150 Lariat? Yup! Someone Did It

Tacky? Maybe. But it has 700 horsepower!

The Ford F-150 is as ubiquitous as vehicles get in America, making it hard for F-150 owners to stand apart from the crowd. Well, one aftermarket company has been turning Ford’s bread-n-butter profit machine into limited-edition truck with looks not seen elsewhere in the industry. This – the 2016 F-150 Tonka Edition. Oh, and it has a surprise under the hood.

The truck has been worked over by Tuscany, a company known for outlandish body kits and interior upgrades on Ford pickups. This pickup features that familiar yellow paint seen on your childhood toys. Its special bumper, grille, and hood help set it apart, while a mild suspension lift kit and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires mounted on 18-inch wheels give it an aggressively tall stance.

On top of that, the F-150’s 5.0-liter V-8 is capped with a Shelby performance systems supercharger. According to the dealer listing, the V-8 now makes 700 horsepower. That’s impressive. Of course, the truck comes with 4WD for traction in dirt, sand, and mud. Ford’s six-speed automatic transmission does the shifting.

Tuscany’s relationship with Ford allows customers to special order trucks through the local Ford dealership network, roll the price into financing, and take delivery at the hometown Ford showroom. Pricing for a non-supercharged F-150 Tonka edition hovers around $70,000. Tack on the Shelby performance upgrades, and this sucker is retailing for a whopping $120,000.

Would you pay that kind of cash for a supercharged F-150 that looked like your childhood toy truck? Let us know in the comments.

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Ford Conducts Last-Minute Tests on F-150's 10-Speed Transmission

Ford Conducts Last-Minute Tests on F-150’s 10-Speed Transmission

Additional tested needed before shipments begin, including Raptor

Ford is conducting additional tests on some models of F-150 equipped with the new 10-speed automatic transmission. The news comes by way of Ford executive Joe Hinrichs, who is the head of Ford’s automotive operations in the Americas. Despite the testing, Hinrichs made clear these trucks would reach dealer lots by the end of 2016.

The news comes from Automotive News who interviewed Hinrichs Monday, December 5th. "We are launching the new Raptor and F-150 with the new 10-speed transmission," Hinrichs told AN. "We continued building but we’re holding (trucks) longer so we could do more testing and make sure everything is right before we release them."

Undoubtedly this is a smart move in today’s climate of near-daily announcement of recalls and publishing of Technical Service Bulletins. Ford has to get the F-150 right as so much of its business rides on the pickup’s success. As for the F-150 Raptor, this off-road beast serves as the company’s halo truck and ambassador to the wealthy. Having issues with the transmission while in customer hands won’t bode well.

Despite their rivalry, Ford co-developed this 10-speed transmission with General Motors. GM’s first application with the gearbox will be the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Six-speed manual-equipped ZL1s are already in showrooms, but GM has not shipped Camaros with the 10-speed as of early December. The transmissions share physical components, but Ford and GM have ownership of the proprietary software they use for programming. And of course, the Camaro ZL1 will have much different software than the F-150 – even the sport-tuned, 450-horsepower Raptor.

Neither Hinrichs nor Ford has disclosed the number of F-150s being held for testing, though it’s possible every example could. Ford will have plenty of other 2017 F-150 iterations at its dealerships, thankfully. Only the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and its high-output Raptor version are currently offered with the 10-speed. While we expect the 10-speed’s prevalence to grow, Ford is still using a six-speed automatic in most versions of its F-150.

This story will be updated once Ford begins shipment of 10-speed automatic-equipped F-150s.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Placed Third At Baja 1000 In Stock Full Class Competition

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Placed Third At Baja 1000 In Stock Full Class Competition

The Raptor then drove seven hours home to Phoenix

Ford can mark another completed race in its Baja 1000 history book thanks to the 2017 F-150 Raptor. The 49th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 concluded on November 20 after a grueling 854-mile race from Ensenada, Mexico down through the unforgiving deserts in the Baja peninsula and back again. The Raptor team scored a third place victory in the stock full class competition, crossing the finish line with only 52 seconds to spare. The official time was 35:59:08.151.

For those unfamiliar, the Baja 1000 is a race against the clock, navigating the terrain, and to simply finish. The time to beat is 36 hours. Though the Raptor barely squeezed by, it still finished the race. What’s more, the truck when drove some seven hours and another 400 miles east to Phoenix, Arizona – the home base for the team from Foutz Motorsports.

“That’s why the new Ford F-150 Raptor is bad-ass!” said Greg Foutz, the team leader of Foutz Motorsports. “It’s a race-proven off-road monster that can race off-road an entire weekend, then take you and your friends on a road trip the next day.

Two of the five competitors in the stock full class didn’t finish. Second place with to a Toyota Land Cruiser with a time of 32:28:37.068 and first place with to the legendary Rod Hall and his Hummer H1 with a time of 32:13:58.914.

It’s a good thing the 2017 F-150 Raptor finished the race since Ford has hinged the Raptor’s marketing on the truck’s ability to tacked desert terrain at high speeds. Don’t forget, the Raptor even has a Baja mode performance setting. It would have been hard to patch that public relations image hole.

Anyway, congratulations, Ford and the guys from Foutz Motorsports on the Baja 1000 finish.

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Ford Begins Taking Orders For The F-150 Raptor

Ford Begins Taking Orders For The F-150 Raptor

And so it begins!

Ford has officially opened the ordering books for the 2017 F-150 Raptor. Now hungry buyers can put in their order for the truck, either online or at local Ford dealerships.

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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2016 Ford F-150 Raptor Pre Runner by DeBerti Design

2016 Ford F-150 Raptor Pre Runner by DeBerti Design

SEMA gets flooded with off-road F-150s

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is getting plenty of love at the 2016 SEMA show. One of the entries is this beast from Foutz Motorsports. You may recognize that name – Foutz is Ford’s driver for the upcoming Baja 1000 race in which he will pilot a nearly stock Raptor with his co-driver. But rather than letting Ford have all the fun, Foutz let his personal design team go crazy with this truck for SEMA.

It started life as a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew with the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and new 10-speed automatic transmission. Foutz and his team didn’t stop there, of course. SEMA is about being over the top with aftermarket add-ons.

The truck was designed to be both luxurious and capable – able to cruise down the highway or compete in an off-road race. The truck’s stance was widened by three inches on each side, making it a full six inches wider for better high-speed stability. The fenders had to be widened as well, now measuring a full four inches wider. The truck rides on huge 40-inch tires on upgraded beadlock wheels.

The body color isn’t left stock either, getting a cool 3M vinyl wrap job with the DeBerti Design logo, letting folks know what company did the body modifications.

There’s plenty more to be seen, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Baja 1000

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Baja 1000

Nearly stock Raptor hits SEMA then the Baja 1000

Ford is looking to prove the 2017 F-150 Raptor by fire. A nearly stock Raptor is set to compete in the 49th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 race – a grueling 1,000-mile off-road endurance race that tests man an machine against the against the clock and roughest desert terrain in Mexico.

Not much had to change before Ford could race the Raptor. Safety measures like roll cages, five-point harnesses, and a fuel cell had to be added, but otherwise, the truck is running its stock powertrain, wheels and tires, and suspension. Ford says it did recalibrate the standard-issue Fox Shocks to accommodate for the added weight inside the truck.

Driving for Ford is Greg Foutz, a four-time Baja 1000 winner. Foutz isn’t heading into the Baja without getting familiar with the new 2017 Raptor, however. He and the truck have already competed in several Best in the Desert events this year, including the 645-mile General Tire Vegas to Reno race this past August. Despite the rough terrain, it only took Foutz 15 hours to complete the event. Foutz and the truck have brought home four first-place wins out of five races.

The new truck, according to Foutz, is much better suited for racing than the first-generation Raptor. “There are an extra two inches of wheel travel, plus the all-new 10-speed transmission never has to hunt for the right gear,” he says. “The new Baja mode keeps the turbo spooled up – it’s miles better than the previous off-road mode.” Foutz would know; he raced the first-gen Raptor at Baja in 2008.

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American Muscle To Give Away Track-Ready Mustang, F-150 Raptor, and Aluminum Trailer

American Muscle To Give Away Track-Ready Mustang, F-150 Raptor, and Aluminum Trailer

Aftermarket parts retailer goes big with give-away

Ford Mustang and F-150 enthusiasts likely know American Muscle. It’s a huge aftermarket parts supplier with add-on parts ranging from cosmetic bits to full crate engines ready for a project car. Well, the retailer is throwing a huge give-away with one lucky winner taking home a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, an 850-horsepower Mustang, and an aluminum race trailer stocked full of tools and race tires!

At the heart of the package is the highly tuned Mustang. This current-gen car has a Whipple supercharger sitting on its modified 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 that makes 850 horsepower at the crank and just over 725 horsepower at the rear wheels. It comes painted in a custom Tangerine Orange paint with a unique styling package. It rides on upgraded wheels and tires that can be swapped out for the drag slicks and skinnies found on the trailer. All told, this one-off Mustang has more than $30,000 worth of aftermarket parts bolted on.

Towing duties are given to a 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCab. It comes untouched from the factory in Blue Flame paint with the optional Black Graphics Package. American Muscle didn’t have to do anything to the Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 since it makes an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The 35-inch-tall BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires and 10-spoke wheels reamain. The Raptor’s 6,000-pound towing capacity should be more than enough to pull the Mustang and aluminum trailer to the track.

Speaking of the trailer, it comes equipped with drag radials for the Mustang’s rear axle and skinnies for the front. It also has a full assortment of tools a race team might need in the pits.

This is perhaps the most comprehensive give-away package we’ve ever seen, so be sure to enter to win. You can enter weekly until November 11, 2016. The winner will be announced on November 25.

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First Ride: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

First Ride: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

We ride shotgun in Ford’s all-new halo truck

Out of the 70-plus trucks and crossovers at the 2016 Truck Rodeo put on by the Texas Auto Writers Association, the 2017 Ford Raptor got the most attention. This event, after all, was the first time any journalist had access beyond static displays at auto shows or press images and videos. Sadly, Ford wouldn’t let anyone behind the wheel other than its in-house hotshoe from Ford Performance. Nevertheless, I was among the first outside Ford to experience the second-generation Raptor’s off-road capabilities.

Ford had set up a high-speed course in a hay field along side the vehicle staging area at the Longhorn River Ranch, TAWA’s new location for its annual truck and SUV event. The grassy field provided plenty of rolling hills and sharp ridges over its sprawling acreage, perfect for the Ford driver to show off the Raptor’s handling abilities.

Upon startup, the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost quietly rumbled to life with a distinct noise that could only come for a V-6. The driver, Ford’s Seth Goslawski, slid the 10-speed transmission into drive and keyed the Terrain Management System into Baja mode. The truck automatically put itself in 4WD high and cut back its ESP and traction nannies. Seth punched the throttle and the truck shot forward in a surprisingly non-dramatic fashion given the slick grass still wet with morning dew. Much that can be credited to the 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.

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Duel of the Dinos: Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram TRX Concept

Duel of the Dinos: Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram TRX Concept

Ford’s light and nimble Raptor goes against Ram’s heavy hitting TRX Concept

The Ford F-150 Raptor has been the high-speed off-road champ since its introduction in 2010. That all might change should Ram green-light the TRX Concept it debuted at the 2016 Texas State Fair. This beast is Hellcat-powered, boasts 37-inch tires, and a suspension system that rivals the Raptor’s underpinnings.

Both trucks have upgraded engines above their average counterparts. The Raptor boasts a high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, while the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept sports a detuned version of the famed Hellcat V-8. Don’t let the “detuned” term fool you – this engine still makes 575 horsepower.

Both trucks also wear unique bodywork that differs from their mundane counterparts. Unique front fascias, hoods and bumpers are found on both trucks, as well as wider fenders that cover each trucks’ expanded track. Both also feature knobby tires mounted on beadlock wheels (an option of the Raptor).

Nevertheless, there’s still plenty that separate these two prehistoric beasts. Let’s have a look.

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Ford Previews Four Concept Trucks Ahead of SEMA

Ford Previews Four Concept Trucks Ahead of SEMA

Wild styling and custom features take the headlines.

Ford revealed four wild concept F-150s ahead of November’s SEMA show. As a remember, the Specialty Equipment Market Association holds an annual fall expo in Las Vegas attended by nearly every major automaker and aftermarket parts supplier in the industry. It all boils down to a showcase of the latest add-on equipment folks can purchase for their ride. Everything from pimped out Lambos to serious Jeeps are present.

Ford’s four concept trucks each take a different approach to styling. The Hulst Customs EraThr3 F-150 is a lowered truck with huge wheels and a custom paint job. The Bojix Design F-150 XLT 4x4 is more off-road ready thanks to a tall suspension lift, steel bumpers, LED light bars, and mud-terrain tires. A bit more “out there” is the A.R.E. Accessories F-150 XLT 4x4. It feature some of the company’s latest designs like the CX Series bed topper. Lastly, the Adrenaline Rush F-150 Lariat 4x4 is a BMX-themed truck with a modest lift, huge wheels, and a custom, two-toned paint job.

If you didn’t gather, each truck is customized by an aftermarket company with their own unique styling and products.

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You Can Now Build The Ford F-150 Raptor Of Your Dreams

You Can Now Build The Ford F-150 Raptor Of Your Dreams

Ford’s online configurator goes live!

Anybody obsessed with cars has spent countless hours perusing online build configurators, selecting just the right combination of options, the perfect paint color, and all the intricate interior details. Well F-150 Raptor fans can now customize their perfect truck on Ford’s Build & Price website.

The website allows users to select cab configurations, color choices, option groups, graphics packages, interior accent packages, and a slew of stand-alone options like the Torsen front differential and adaptive cruise control. The Raptor is the top trim choice for the SuperCab configuration, but slots between the King Ranch and Platinum trim levels when the SuperCrew configuration is chosen. The website shows pricing ranges from $48,325 for the SuperCab and $51,310 for the SuperCrew. Check every option box on the SuperCerw, and the MSRP jumps to $70,000.

Beyond cab configurations, users can choose between seven exterior colors. The three main equipment packages includes the standard 800A package at no cost, the 801A package for $3,158, and the 802A package for $9,345. Broken down, the 800A package is basically everything that makes a Raptor a Raptor. The 801A package is where additional items start packing on. It includes 10-way power front seats with heat and power lumbar functions, leather seating surfaces, a power-sliding rear window, SYNC3, eight-inch driver info center in the gauge cluster, and two USB ports.

The mac-daddy 802A package includes everything in the 801A package, but adds the Torsen front diff, the 360-degree camera system, ambient interior lighting, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, dual-zone climate control, integrated trailer brake controller, LED box lighting and side mirrors, keyless enter and go, power tilt and telescope steering column, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, remote start, and a few other ancillary items.

Of course, these are just the options. The list of standard equipment is what makes the Raptor the industry standard for hard-core, high-speed desert running. Check out those details past the jump.

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2017 Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

2017 Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

As if Mercedes’ 6x6 wasn’t awesome enough

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has been getting tons of press these days, and for good reason. But Hennessey Performance apparently thinks it can do better. Meet the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6. Yeah, this tuning firm is adding another axle to the Raptor, along with custom bodywork, bumpers, a roll bar, and LED lights. Oh, and will make 600-plus horsepower!

Hennessey has built some absolutely ridiculous cars and trucks over the years, but this takes the cake. Not even Dodge Hellcats making 1,000 horsepower, Cadillac Escalades hitting 60 mph in 3.9 seconds thanks to 800 horsepower, or Ford Mustang GT350s running the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds can match the outright ridiculous nature of the VelociRaptor 6x6.

Let’s cover the back story first. Hennessey starting its VelociRaptor program with the first-generation Ford F-150 Raptor. It would supercharge the 5.4-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s for more performance, add beefier wheels and tires, and bolt on custom bumpers for a more rugged look. Top Gear even featured one just before Clarkson punched his producer. (Maybe the VelociRaptor’s outpouring of testosterone had something to do with the incident…)

Now with the Raptor entering its second generation, Hennessey has already prepared modifications for the truck’s new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and upgraded suspension system. In stock form, the twin-turbocharged V-6 makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. That ain’t bad, but power can always be added. Current Hennessey estimates say the tuned EcoBoost will kick out just over 600 horsepower.

Let’s dive into what Hennessey has up its sleeve with the VelociRaptor 6x6.

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2017 F-150 Gets Fuel Economy Boost According to the EPA

2017 F-150 Gets Fuel Economy Boost According to the EPA

The new EcoBoost and 10-speed auto are paying off

The EPA has validated Ford’s efforts to improve fuel economy in the F-150. The 2017 F-150 equipped with the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed automatic transmission posted an impressive two-mpg improvement over the 2016 model. That means the truck is now estimated to get 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, an 19 mpg combined.

The truck used for evaluation by the EPA is the 2017 F-150 Crew Cab in 4WD. The new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost uses its new Dual Fuel Injection system with both port- and direct-injection to make the most of its fuel consumption. Add to that a new turbocharger and a revised ECU tuning. Along with the added efficiency, the EcoBoost also makes more power. Horsepower moves from 365 to 375 while torque jumps from 420 to 470 pound-feet.

The all-new 10-speed transmission is a huge help to improving fuel economy, too. More gears allows the engine to stay within its most efficient operating ranges during more driving situations. The upper gears also help keep engine revs down at highway speeds, helping it save fuel when cruising.

Though not yet rated by the EPA, Ford estimates a base 2WD truck with the EcoBoost and 10-speed auto will achieve 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. Those are indeed impressive numbers for a truck boasting nearly 400 horsepower.

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Rumors Turned Fact: The 2017 Ford Raptor Makes 450 HP, 510 lb.-ft of Torque!

Rumors Turned Fact: The 2017 Ford Raptor Makes 450 HP, 510 lb.-ft of Torque!

This makes the 2017 F-150 Raptor the most powerful pickup in production

The early rumors are confirmed – the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor’s 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost V-6 makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. This comes as Ford makes the official announcement at the 2016 Texas State Fair. The new EcoBoost is the crown jewel of the all-new, second-generation Raptor, headlining other awesome mechanical, software, and design achievements.

What’s more, Ford announced the EPA estimated fuel economy for the Raptor. It stands at 15 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined. That’s a 23-percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the first-generation’s 6.2-liter V-8.

On top of the 39 additional horsepower and 76 pound-feet of additional torque, the 2017 Raptor is also 500 pounds lighter than the first-generation truck. That’s thanks to its aluminum body and lighter weight, yet high-strength, fully boxed steel frame. This huge increase of power to weight should make the 2017 Raptor one of the hottest performing trucks in history.

The boost in power comes from a new direct and port fuel injection system, lighter crank assembly components, a redesigned twin-turbocharger system with an electronic wastegate and an increased boost calibration, stainless steel manifolds, a full dual exhaust system, oil-cooled pistons, a reworked valvetrain system, and a more aggressive ECU tune.

Of course, Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission likely helps the Raptor get better EPA fuel economy ratings. It also gives the EcoBoost more gears to choose from, optimizing the gearing for more circumstances – from low gearing at slow speeds to tall gearing at high speeds. The transmission even features a one-way clutch that allows for non-sequential shifting, meaning you’re not shifting through all 10 speeds every time. Integrated into the engine and transmission electronic controls is Ford’s new Terrain Management System. Its drive modes include Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Snow, Rock/Crawl, and Baja settings.

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will hit showrooms this fall and carry a starting price just under $50,000.

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Superlift Now Offering Lift Kits for the 2015 - 2016 Ford F-150

Superlift Now Offering Lift Kits for the 2015 - 2016 Ford F-150

Lift kit gives new height to your current-gen F-150

Big trucks will tall lift kits and huge wheel and tire combinations are extremely popular these days. Not only does a lift kit give a truck a unique look, it brings more off-road capability thanks to improved approach, break-over, and departure angles; improved water fording depth; and greater protection from trail debris. Now Superlift has introduced its new suspension lift for the current-generation Ford F-150.

The lift kit comes in two height options: a 4.5-inch lift and a 6.0-inch lift. Both are said to accommodate wheels 18 inches and larger and tires 36 inches and larger. Superlift gives its customers the choice between two rear shock absorbers, the Superlift Superride or the Superlift Superride SS from Bilstein. The both lift kits heights are said to maintain the factory ride quality and not make front-wheel alignments difficult. Driveshaft alignment is also taken care of with an optional bearing carrier drop kit for F-150s with a two-piece rear driveshaft.

Superlift designed the kits using 3D CAD software with Ford-supplied software models to ensure proper fitments of the parts. The lifts are also American made and come backed by a lifetime warranty, a 60-day satisfaction guarantee, and Superlift’s Factory Warranty Assurance Policy. The lift kits come packaged with all the parts needed to complete the project and can generally be finished in seven to nine hours.

The lift kit is designed to fit all 2015 and 2015 Ford F-150s with 4WD. Prices for the lift kit start at $999.95. Impressively, Superlift’s website lists both the 4.5- and 6.0-inch lift kit at that price. Order either kit with the optional Bilstein rear shocks and the price bumps to $1,114.75. Of course, Superlift also offers other lift kits and accessories for most modern F-150 model years as well.

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Leaked: Ford F-150 Raptor to have 450 Horsepower

Leaked: Ford F-150 Raptor to have 450 Horsepower

And torque output is even more outrageous!

Rumors on the Internet are nothing new, and sometimes they even prove to be true. That’s what we’re hoping after seeing this supposedly leaked spec sheet on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor’s high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. The photo comes from FordRaptorForum.com who apparently captured screenshots of Ford’s eSourceBook, a password-protected resource web page for dealerships.

The official-looking page details the Raptor’s new high-output EcoBoost, showing it will make 450 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and a whopping 510 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. This matches up with what Ford product development vice president Raj Nair said during a TV interview last year.

The believability in these performance numbers is further enhanced by the baseline specs for the new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost. This revised engine now makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque in the 2017 Ford F-150. That means the high-output version would generate 75 horsepower and 40 pound-feet of torque more than the standard-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines found in conventional F-150s.

What’s more, the leaked web page reveals details about the HO EcoBoost. It’s said to feature new roller-finger followers in the valvetrain; hollow camshafts for weight reduction; redesigned valve-lash adjusters and new intake and exhaust valves for better durability; both direct and port fuel injection; piston-cooling oil jets; a forged-steel, fully counterweighted crankshaft; and all-new turbochargers designed to delver more boost. All this is packaged inside an aluminum block with aluminum heads that feature dual overhead cams that operate four valves per cylinder.

Ford did not confirm the validity of these claims when Autoblog reached out for comment, but rather said official details will be available closer to the 2017 Raptor’s on-sale date. The Raptor is expected to hit showroom floors in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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