The new 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor is rumored to offer exceptional off-roading capabilities. The Ford has been known to produce tough vehicles meant for some time now. Seizing the mid-size truck segment from Chevy and Dodge, the Ford trucks promise higher towing and hauling capabilities thanks to the huge engine options coupled with stronger bodies. Available in 7 new trims all tuned in for extra performance, this new vehicle supports hill assist driving meant to help the vehicle move up or down hilly terrains.
2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Nicely Shaped Hood and Curvy Fenders
The Ford has been rumored to enhance the performance of the new 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor by making it much lighter than before. For a better grip on the road, the 17 inch Goodrich tires specific to the vehicle is fitted. Although Raptor is fitted with speed limiter, the Ford announces that this step is meant to make the vehicle stick to the road.
The new Raptor will be featuring a nicely shaped hood and curvy fenders. The ride height has been raised a bit for better off-roading. Thick walled rear axles and the new leaf springs are combined with the electronic differential locker. For increased traction control, the Ford has introduced an advanced Off-road mode meant to enhance highway ride buttery smooth.
According to Ford, this vehicle is typically meant for off-roading. Also available as an AWD vehicle, the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor combines equally distributed power between the two wheels with mechanical power-lock for emergencies. Optionally, the 3.0-inch FOX Racing shock are installed to this new vehicle which will assist in better wheel travel and a smoother ride.
The 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor optionally comes with a carbon fiber interior package which is characterized of leather cow seats lined with orange. Few other options available with the new vehicle are:
- Heated and cooled seats with dual zone climate control
- Trailer brake controller with blind spot warning
- Lane assistance coupled with high beams and adaptive Cruise-Control
- Super Crew version includes additional bead locked wheels, heated wheels and sprayed-in bed liners.
In the new version of the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor has placed a DOHC 24 valve 3.5 liters EcoBoost engine. This engine promises to offer a 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque. This new powertrain is lighter than before shedding more than 404 pounds as compared to the last released Supercab. The car enthusiasts will be excited to hear that 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor will accelerate from 0-60 mph in a meager 5.1 seconds.
When compared to a V8, this V6 is installed to shed more weight than the former. Also, it is fitted with 18 psi of additional boost. The muscular engine comes with direct port injection. The 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor comes in 4 driver mods; Street, Mud, Baja and Sand.
As an off-roader, the Ford has made Raptor much tough from inside so that it can resist the shocks that it suffers when moving through difficult terrains and slopes. The Torsen front differentials help share the torque and raise grip to front wheels. This helps the vehicle negate slippage even on sloping grounds making it capable of overcoming steep obstacles.
Additionally, the Ford F-150 Raptor Hennessey version promises an even more powerful off-roader at more than thrice the price of the original vehicle. This Hennessey version manages to go way above the original Raptor with more than 600 HP with Hennessey HPE600 package. Added to this 6*6 modification are a liquid-cooled ECU tuning and smoother flow exhausts.
Although twin turbo is retained, the Hennessey version comes with Fox suspensions for ultimate off-roading capabilities. The 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Super Crew refuses to fall behind from Ram Rebel 1500 and Chevy Silverado although neither of the two can match Hennessey’s configuration.
Competition and Pricing
The Raptor is typically a seasoned off-roader with hauling capabilities. The advanced rider options on the Raptor make it a more comfortable ride. Plus, its interiors are decent with touchscreen infotainment. The Dodge struggles to take the position from Raptor in this segment. The base model of the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor costs $50,500. However, the addition of the Super Crew features drags the total to $63,005. The Hennessey package of Raptor, however, costs $295,000.