Ford’s currently putting the finishing touches on its 2017 F-150 Raptor, part of which entails making sure the new generation of the off-road oriented pickup is every bit as capable as the last, if not more. The automaker claims the new Raptor is “able to tackle even tougher hills, ruts and bumps along trails than the previous model,” so they decided to prove it using one of their test prototypes.
New 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shocks and improved ground clearance both contribute to the F-150 Raptor’s improved off-road performance. There’s also an all-new four-wheel drive system with a ‘torque-on-demand’ transfer case to expertly manage power distribution between the front and rear wheels. With these improvements, a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with over 411 horsepower and a 10-speed automatic transmission, the new Raptor is shaping up to be a huge improvement over the current model.
Check it out in action in the video above. If you’re looking to get behind the wheel of a 2017 Raptor yourself, they should start hitting Ford dealers in the Fall of 2016.