The king of the pick-ups: the Ford Raptor!

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You have pick-up trucks and you have the Ford Raptors. And let the Raptor well just for years, my favorite American pick-up truck. And let Ford this lucky guy even ask for with the new 2017 version to go riding through the slush at Experience Island in Loon op Zand.

My feelings during the journey are difficult to put in words. But probably say these images enough:

Performance

The new Ford F-150 Raptor from the Ford Performance line-up has an aluminum body and 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine that is above the existing V8 is. Thanks to this combination, the new Raptor is significantly lighter and in normal driving – more fuel efficient than its predecessor. That, says Ford, at least, because as you in the video, you can see, I have the consumption is not really tested.

The performance of the Raptor speak for themselves; a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with 450 hp, 637 Nm of pulling power and an automatic gearbox with 10 gears! This combination makes the woestijnracer not only enormously strong, but also nice and smooth, comfortable and of course a great horse.

Especially in the site the capacity of the pick-up king to his ultimate right. Thanks to the specially for this vehicle developed BFGoodrich all-terrain tires and several fully automatic off-road Terrain Management System driving modes, the Raptor sand and mud, hills, deep tracks and potholes as if they don’t exist. I don’t have the feeling or any indication given that the Ford -as in the video – somewhere difficult or even challenging.

Not even during the full speed drive through the soft sand. The Raptor is thanks to the 3.0 inch Fox Racing shock absorbers, good in balance sheet, is as a rock on the ground and gives you the feeling that all he can handle. Its strength is reflected not only in the drive, the whole car feels and exudes quality and reliability. This is the car that you must have if you like bizarre, off-road plans. But he is also good on your driveway or on your door if you have to use it from A to B and want to drive.

Driving modes

For each surface there is a driving mode, and the Raptor feels everywhere at home. In each mode, the electronically controlled 4WD system under all circumstances for maximum grip. Normal is for everyday comfortable onroad ride. The Sport is no longer just for the Ford Mustang. In this mode, does the Raptor is faster on the accelerator, turns the tank faster, the gears held longer and the steering more direct, and sportier. The Weather mode ensures that the Raptor automatically bad conditions of absorption and more grip delivers comfort to deliver.

In the Mud/Sand mode activates the 4WD system high giering, close the lock and makes of loose sand and soft ground, a smooth highway. In the Baja state gives the Ford really everything he has in him and provides for optimum control and grip at high speed. Last but not least there is the Rock Crawl mode. This mode works up to 15 miles per hour, and uses the low-giering in the 4×4 of the container. This mode provides for optimum performance on extremely steep slopes.

Exclusive

If you are in the Netherlands a Ford Raptor looks to drive, then that is an exception. Of the 398 between January and september 2017 registered Ford pick-up‘s, there are only 14 a Raptor. According to Sebastian, the Pol, Ford to the Netherlands this year to september, approximately 1,600 of pick-ups sold. Not a very big market. Fifty percent of this market with regard to European medium-sized models such as the Isuzu D-MAX, Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Fiat Fullback and Nissan Navara. The other half is for the full-sized pick-ups like the Ford F-150, F-250 and Raptor.

In the Netherlands, the cost of the Raptor 85 thousand euro. Without taxes, mind you. But then, you also have a very exclusive car. With its aluminium body and advanced chassis ever, has Ford not beknibbelt. The result is a great strong car that can withstand the tougher off-road, throw – and smijtwerk and a lot of comfort for the public road. Unfortunately, we will have the Ford Raptor in our country are not many on the road encounter. But fortunately, we have the images yet!

Information

Brand: Ford
Model: F-150
Type: Raptor
Fuel: Gasoline
Displacement: 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost
Power: 450 hp
Torque: 637 Nm
Top speed: 170 km/h (limited)
Transmission: 10 speed automatic
Weight: 2,500 kg