Ford has updated the 2017 version of their F-150 Raptor with a new EcoBoost V6 engine and a landmark 10-speed automatic transmission. The new drivetrain will arrive as an option late 2016, and should do wonders to improve fuel efficiency.
The EcoBoost V6 on offer is a revised version of the 3.5L unit first introduced in other Ford vehicles back in 2009. Power is expected to remain at 272kW (365), although the amount of torque available has increased by 41Nm (30lb-ft) for a total of 610Nm (450lb-ft). The additional torque should move the F-150 Raptor along quite nicely, and Ford say there will be an even higher-output version of the engine available, with up to 336kW (450hp).
In addition, the new EcoBoost engine is about 2kg (4lbs) lighter than the old model, and will also feature direct and port fuel injection, new cylinder heads, and a new valvetrain. The turbochargers are also new and increase boost from about 14.5 psi to 16 psi.
The 10-speed transmission was developed as part of an agreement with General Motors. Each company will calibrate the unit for its own vehicles and build it in separate factories. GM will launch the 10-speed in the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 late this year. GM is working on a nine-speed transmission as part of the alliance, as well.
All EcoBoost 3.5L V6 F-150s will come with the 10-speed transmission. The smaller EcoBoost 2.7-liter engine and the V8 will offer different gearboxes. Ford is spending $1.6 billion to upgrade facilities in Michigan and Ohio to build the new powertrain combination.