The 2017 Ford Raptor F-150 Won’t Pack the Ford GT V6

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There is a rumor traveling around Facebook insisting that the 2017 Ford Raptor F-150 and the 2017 Ford GT supercar will both have the same 600+ horsepower engine. They will both have 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engines, but they will have two very different V6 engines and even though Ford hasn’t announced official figures for either of these two high performance vehicles – it is foolish to expect that the Raptor and the GT will have the same engine or the same output.

The 2017 Ford Raptor F-150 will have a specially prepared version of the current 3.5L EcoBoost V6 already in use in the 2016 F-150 pickups. In the “normal” F-150, this mill offers 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. We don’t have any official estimates on the Raptor EcoBoost output, but Ford exec Raj Nair stated last year that it would have 450 horsepower – and he is someone who would have a good idea of what is going on behind closed doors at the Ford HQ.

The 2017 Ford GT supercar will also have a 3.5L EcoBoost V6, but the engine in the GT was designed after the 3.5L EcoBoost endurance car engine which competed in the American LeMans Series last year (now called the Tudor United SportsCar Championship). Ford engineers took the race engine and essentially reworked it for road use, with the result being around 600 horsepower.

Just because the Ford GT will have a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and the new Ford Raptor F-150 will also have a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 does not indicate that the Raptor will have the same 600 hp output of the supercar. Raj Nair’s comments might not be the exact figure, but those comments verify that the actual output will be closer to 450 than 600 horsepower.

Until Ford offers anything to confirm that the Raptor might have 600 hp, people need to stop spreading that rumor.

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