The high-output 3.5L EcoBeast twin-turbo V6 engine will produce 450 horsepower in the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, head of global product development Raj Nair let slip during an interview on Fox Sports TV at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The impressive figure makes 39 horsepower more than the first-generation F-150 SVT Raptor’s 6.2L V8. While Ford had been saying that the new Raptor would produce more horsepower than the previous model, the exact amount was unknown. Officially, Ford will neither confirm nor deny the 450 horsepower number, stating that it needs to perform more calibration and testing.
Even so, the 450 horsepower number is pretty remarkable considering that the current-generation truck already make 411 horses and 434 pound-feet of torque from a much-larger, albeit much older, engine. With the smaller engine, aluminum body panels, new 10-speed transmission and a 4WD/AWD gearbox, Ford promises the new Raptor will raise the bar yet again.
The 2017 Ford Raptor is expected in showrooms 18 months from January 2015, with official specifications expected within next year or so.