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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck.

  • 2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    10-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    395
  • Torque @ RPM:
    400
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

What makes the Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck special

  • Raptor-inspired design?
  • RTR grille with LED lights
  • New bumper and skid plate
  • Fender flares
  • Off-road tires
  • Nitto tires
  • Matte black accents
  • Katzkin interior
  • Dash plaque signed by Vaughn Gittin Jr.
  • Magna Flow performance exhaust
  • Enhanced-travel coilovers
  • Extended double wishbone suspension system
  • Heavy-duty rear axle
2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck
- image 741500
This pickup truck looks like a Raptor that Ford's design team built as a side project

Fitted with a range of extra features that you can’t normally get on the F-150, this pickup truck looks like a Raptor that Ford’s design team built as a side project. It’s just as aggressive, but with a few changes here and there.

The new grille is the first feature that catches the eye. The frame is significantly thicker than the Raptor’s, while the "Ford" lettering was replaced by a wide horizontal bar with the "RTR" logo. The LED, D-shaped lights at the corners add a nice touch. The headlamps are obviously larger than the Raptor’s as a result of this truck being based on the Lariat trim. Below, there’s a new bumper that looks rather spartan, but it’s backed by a skid plate printed with the "RTR" logo.

2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck
- image 741939
Off-road tires
The fender flares seem to be similar to the Raptor's, but they're finished in matte black

The fender flares seem to be similar to the Raptor’s, but they’re finished in matte black, which adds a bit of character to the vehicle. Underneath, we can see RTR’s very own Tech 6 off-road wheels with a much more attractive twin-five-spoke design. They’re also wrapped in Nitto Ridge Grappler tires for enhanced off-road capability. The rear section gained a deck lid applique in matte black, yet another "RTR" badge, and a matte black bumper.

Not much has changed inside the cabin. RTR added a few Ford Accessories, Katzkin leather, and a dash plaque signed by Vaughn Gittin Jr., but that’s about it.

2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck
- image 741933
Matte black accents
Under the hood, the truck comes with the same 5.0L V-8 engine offered in the production F-150

Under the hood, the RTR-modded truck comes with the same 5.0L V-8 engine offered in the production F-150, but there’s no word as to how much output it generates. As a result, it’s safe to assume that it is rated at the stock 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 mates to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, but it also uses a Magna Flow performance exhaust instead of the usual system. RTR also added enhanced-travel coilovers and rear dampers, an extended double wishbone suspension system, a heavy-duty rear axle, and payload maximizer springs.

Okay, so maybe it’s not as mean and powerful as the F-150 Raptor, but it sure looks like one.

References

Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150 High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
- image 700457

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford F-150.

2017 SEMA Show – Preview
- image 741107

Read more news on the 2017 SEMA Show.

Press release

The Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck is just as comfortable with a full load in the bed as it is doing donuts, playing in the dirt, jumping or spirited driving with friends. With a low, wide, aggressive and purposeful stance that incorporates modern design language, this truck is a new style and approach to F-150 multi-purpose machines capable of performing both on and off-road.

Base Vehicle

2018 Ford F-150 4x4 Lariat SuperCrew
5.0L V8 engine
10-speed automatic transmission

Powertrain

Magna Flow performance exhaust

Chassis

RTR:
Enhanced travel coilovers and rear dampers
Extended double wishbone suspension system
Heavy-duty rear axle
Payload maximizer springs
Currie Enterprises full floating hubs

Wheels & Tires

RTR Tech 6 off-road wheels
Nitto Ridge Grappler tires

Exterior

RTR:
F-150 exterior design package
Grille
Fender flairs
Deck lid applique
Tailgate
Signature grille and lighting package
Skid plate and bumper protector

Interior

Ford Licensed Accessories RTR interior by Katzkin
RTR dash plaque signed by Vaughn Gittin Jr.

View the full press release Hide press release
Press release
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: