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Tough Raptor Gets Nod as Truck of Year

Autoguide Competition Leaves Raptor on Top

With superior performance and off-road suspension that goes where others not dare, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor won a recent competition to become consumer website Autoguide’s “Truck of the Year.” The 2017 Raptor is the whole package. It’s not just suspension or just appearance. Ford left no stone unturned with this purpose-built Baja runner, and it shows,” according to Autoguide editor Stephen Elmer. “While each truck in this year’s competition brings something to the table, the Raptor feels truly special, managing to provide a truck that is capable, intelligent, and most of all, a riotous amount of fun.” Create your own fun riot when you take a test drive of the new Raptor at Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.

Performance Gains Help Make Raptor’s Case

During the recent Autoguide competition in the California desert, the Raptor unleashed a new performance package with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine that produces 450 horsepower and a stout 510 pound-feet of torque. That engine is paired with a new 10-speed transmission that gets the most out of every tick on the power range, as well as six different selections in the Terrain Management System that let you dial in the proper suspension and throttle based on the driving conditions. Add in a body that uses a combination of high-strength steel and aluminum to save a quarter-ton of unnecessary weight, and you have the perfect combination of power and technology for the modern age.

New Tires are Icing on Cake

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor package is capped by the development of new BF Goodrich KO2 tires that are specifically designed to do as well on the road as they do on the trail. Ford also worked with FOX to develop new shock absorbers that are 44 percent bigger than the previous model with a 3-inch canister to smooth out all the bumps on the trail. A nine-stage damping bypass system helps improve handling and performance, along with giving the articulation needed to climb over large obstacles.

Raptor ‘Dominates’ Off-road Terrain

The Autoguide editors were effusive in their praise of the new Raptor. “Take the Raptor off-road and it dominates the terrain,” they wrote, “soaking up the rocks, crags and divots while insulating its passengers from what should be skull cracking impacts. Running at speed, the truck feels controllable and responsive, while the switch into Baja mode takes it to a new level.” If you’re looking for an everyday driver that has the ability to tame the harsh Arizona desert, check in with the pros at Chapman Ford to see about test driving the all-new Raptor.

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