We have been anxiously awaiting the final power figures for the new 2017 3.5L Eco-boost V6 that is scheduled to be under the hood of the new second gen Raptor coming this fall. Although we couldn’t be more disappointed about the fact that a V6 will power this full size off-road beast, we still are curious about the performance specs.
So when I saw Ford had released specs I was all excited, for a brief moment. Come to find out it’s only the standard F-150 Eco-boost they are referring to, which is a good thing considering the specs released. The horsepower department increases just 10hp from previous version of the Eco-boost to 375hp, the major increase however is the torque with 470lb-ft. Now that is roughly 50lb-ft more which is a fairly substantial improvement. The power will be sent to the wheels via a brand new 10 speed automatic transmission that was co-developed by General Motors and Ford that will be the same used in the Camaro ZL1 and potentially the new Mustang as well. Now i’m not sure if this is the same 10 speed gearbox that will be offered with the new Raptor or not, but it very well and most likely could be. I don’t know about you, but something about a 10 speed tranny just doesn’t seem right, that’s a lot of gears. Every time I have driven one of these new cars with 8 or more gears in the auto trans it seems to always be trying to find the right gear.
As jaded as we may be regarding this whole V6 as the main power option for a full size truck, and in the case of the Raptor, its said to be the only choice, we must give credit where it is due. These power figures are better than most V8’s that have been powering full size trucks for the past 10 years. There are of course exceptions but still, its impressive. Using turbocharging they are able to provide the same power output, but also be significantly more efficient when it comes to the gas pump. Most people won’t care if their truck sounds like a turbo supra, well not that good but something along those lines. But for me, as well as every gearhead I know, this could be viewed as blasphemy. We are still crossing our fingers that Ford will has an ace up their sleeve and will offer a V8 option in the new Raptor. However, according to every Ford rep we have talked to that will not be the case. So unless this new Eco-boost puts out similar power figures to the Ford GT that shares the same motor, somewhere in the 600hp vicinity, we will most likely being going the supercharger route on the first gen.