Some things get better with time — wine, television, internet speeds — and some things do not, like pop music and grey hair. What falls squarely in the former category is the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. It is the next-generation version of the F-150 that was originally envisioned as a Baja racer.
If you’re wondering, “Yeah but… How would a stock Raptor do when really put to the test?” There’s a definitive answer to that question. A 2017 stock Raptor finished third in its class at the Baja 1000. Then, as Motor Authority put it, “…it drove home to Phoenix.”
The success of the second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor has everything to do with new and improved features for 2017. For instance, Ford has done away with the V8 and replaced it with an even more powerful 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. Power output is now 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.
Naturally, Ford kept the aluminum body for the current go-round. That helps the Raptor save 500 pounds, meaning not only is the new version stronger, it is also lighter. Fox Racing Shox dramatically improves off-road capability and the wide fenders and flares help protect the underbody.
But what if you’re not planning on participating in a Baja race anytime soon? The second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor can easily accommodate casual driving. It comes available in five-passenger SuperCab and SuperCrew versions. It also features adjustable performance modes. Put it in Normal for your regular commute, Sport mode for any shortcuts you might take.