Following a two-year hiatus, the F-150 Raptor sub-model makes its return for the 2017 model year, with the loss of its previous SVT prefix. As with its predecessor, the 2017 Raptor is an offroad-oriented vehicle produced in SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations with a model-exclusive 5.5' pickup bed. The model continues its lack of a Ford Blue Oval grille badge, with "F-O-R-D" spelled across the center of the grille.
As with a standard Ford F-150, the Raptor is an aluminum-intensive vehicle; though built upon a steel frame, nearly all its body panels are built using aluminum (reducing curb weight by nearly 500 pounds over an equivalent 2014 SVT Raptor). In place of the 411 hp 6.2L V8, the new Raptor features a 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 paired with an industry-first 10-speed automatic transmission. The new engine improves the horsepower by 39 horsepower to 450, and increases the torque substantially from the old engine to 510 ft-lbs of torque.
To improve its off-road ability over a standard F-150, the Raptor is fitted with a torque-on-demand transfer case, 13" travel front and 13.9" travel rear Fox Racing suspension, and all-terrain 35" tires and wheels.