The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is wowing off-road enthusiasts, as well as FOUR WHEELER & Cars.com, who bestowed the new model with awards. See what everyone is talking about and schedule a test drive at Ford Country in the Valley Automall.
The latest version of Ford’s first true high-performance off-road pickup with a factory warranty features a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, 10-speed automatic transmission, a new aluminum block and direct fuel injection that delivers 450 horsepower and 510-pounds-per-foot of torque.
That’s an improvement of 39 horses and 76-pounds-per-foot more than the 2016 version–and automotive experts have taken notice.
FOUR WHEELER recently named the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor the “Pickup of the Year.”
The publication chose the Raptor after putting seven pickups to the test during a week of testing that included nearly 1,000 miles of trails, sand dunes, freeway driving and instrumented track testing.
According to FOUR WHEELER, the Raptor outperformed every other truck thanks to its “formidable powertrain” and “technological, engineering and performance excellence.” Taking home the “Pickup of the Year” trophy came on the heels of Cars.com naming the Raptor “Best Pickup Truck of 2017.”
While performance matters, so does size–and both publications recognized the truck’s width, ground clearance and sheer girth.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has a steel frame elevated by tires that stand nearly three-feet tall. There are 7.2 feet between its front fenders, 11.5 inches of ground clearance and 6.5 feet between the ground and the roof.
Neither award came as a surprise to Brad Cambridge, general manager at Ford Country in Henderson, NV., just outside of Las Vegas.
“The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is one of the most highly anticipated vehicles I can recall,” he said. “It delivers everything the F-150 has built its reputation on–comfort, amenities and reliability–and then some. It’s like your father’s truck on steroids, making it perfect for full-time adventure seekers and weekend warriors.”
While the Raptor is among the largest pickup trucks on the market, online reviewers–including a writer for the Wall Street Journal–note it tends to drive narrower than it is, thanks, in large part, to its high seating, large windows, multi-mode electric assist steering system and body control and refinement.
Cambridge says interest in the truck is hot! It starts with a base price of $53,140. Per Cambridge, â€œOur dealership will continue to strive to have them on-site and ready for test drives.â€
Drivers interested in learning more about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor or taking one for a test drive can stop by Ford Country, located at 280 N. Gibson Rd. in Henderson.
About Ford Country Las Vegas
Ford Country Las Vegas, part of the Gaudin Motor Company family, was established in 1996 and continues to lead in the industry as a top 100 Ford dealership in the country. Located in the Henderson Valley Automall, Ford Country is made up of highly trained professionals who share a steadfast commitment to its customers and their needs. Ford Country is designed to serve as both a credited dealership, anchored by a state-of-the-art open showroom, and a full service automotive department that features Quick Lane maintenance for customer convenience. The facility also invites guests to dine at Ford Country’s popular Mustang Sally’s Diner, adjacent to the showroom and features 60s style dÃ©cor and delicious diner-style cuisine. Ford Country is home to Motorsport Enthusiast, a custom shop that offers automotive accessories and apparel. For more information, visit www.FordCountryLV.com.
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