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2017 Raptor Hits Showroom Floors

Merry Christmas indeed! If you’re one of the lucky few to receive one of the first batch of all-new 2017 Raptor trucks, it’s time to celebrate. You may just have your tricked-out F150 in time for the holidays.

The 2017 Raptor is quite the machine. At first glance, it looks like a glorified pickup truck for someone overcompensating for a different problem **ahem**. On closer inspection, the Raptor can make up for a person’s deficiencies, and then some. In performance alone, the 2017 Raptor will have you on the edge of ecstasy.

2017 Raptor Hits Showroom Floors

Blazing New Trails at Record Speeds

Love to go fast? The Raptor does that. There’s a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine tucked neatly under the massive hood, wrapped in Raptor decals. It pushes 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, and impressive set of numbers considering Ford abandoned the massive V8 for the twin-turbo EcoBoost.

But what does that really do for you? Well, if you want to scream up to highway speed, you can. Zero to sixty happens in just 5.3 seconds.

What’s more impressive yet is the offroad capabilities. In reality, you’re not pounding the Baja trails with your 2017 Raptor, but you could. It has been tested at speeds up to 100 mph offroad, thanks to the FOX Racing Shox and long-travel suspension. And if you aren’t quite so sure about the terrain you’ll be driving, there’s a selector so you’re prepared no matter what. The Terrain Management System has six preset selections so you can plow through anything in your path — if you wanted to.

Luxury Is the Name of the Game

You know and I know you won’t be driving your 2017 Raptor for its designed purpose. It’ll be a highway truck; a trophy for your driveway. Ford knows that too, so you can equip your Raptor with the finer things in life. Leather embossed seats, power everything for convenience features, graphics packages, and the sexiest of Ford trims and appliques on the outside are what it’s really about.

So if you’re one of the few expecting a call from your Ford dealer, congrats! Once you’ve tried it out, weigh in about your 2017 Raptor experiences.

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