2016 Ford Raptor to feature aluminum-alloy body panels, platform
There had never been anything quite like the Ford Raptor, a straight-from-the-factory off-road-ready truck, when it was launched back in 2010. Featuring a 6.2-liter V8 engine that could push sand and gravel around any way it so desired, the Raptor became an instant hit. However, the folks over at SVT are expected to cool their heels for a year or so before announcing what they have up their sleeves next. All signs pointed to the Raptor, like other SVT vehicles before it, having a short shelf life.
Luckily for the Raptor faithful (and for the 13,000 annually who actually bought the truck), we learned that the 2016 Ford Raptor is currently being developed and will feature aluminum construction like the upcoming 2015 F-150. The next-gen F-150 promises to utilize a high-strength steel frame and a high-strength aluminum-alloy body to make it 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. A high-strength steel frame would help the Raptor when running through the desert, something owners enjoy doing with this truck. As for the aluminum-alloy body, that would help the already robust Raptor keep its weight in check while simultaneously boosting its fuel economy.
No official word yet as to what will be powering the 2016 Ford Raptor but don't be surprised if it's a retuned version of Ford's wildly popular EcoBoost V6 engine. It's no secret that Ford is all in on turbocharging and we expect the next Raptor up the output of the already stout 365 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 it offers on the F-150.
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