If you ever wanted an ultimate Ford off-roader, it’s just got to be a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. Based on Ford’s own tests, the new one is said to be 25% faster than the current truck.

The 2017 F-150 Raptor completed over 1,609 km of desert trail testing in Southwestern United States to replicate the same extreme conditions of the Baja race course in Mexico. It covered the long trail multiple times over a wide range of surfaces that includes fast sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, steep climbs in deep sand and slow crawls through tight trenches.

Incredibly, Ford claims the truck topped speeds of 161 km/h in places, while slowing down to 16 km/h in others to record an average speed of approximately 80 km/h. Previously, Ford had confirmed that the 2017 Raptor will get a 450 hp EcoBoost V6 engine paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox.


Apparently, at the end of each lap, the F-150 Raptor completed a tabletop jump consisting of a steep ramp up a two-foot plateau, then a step-off back to level ground. The vehicles tested were essentially early build prototypes that had a fusion of 2015 F-150 Raptor and 2017 F-150 Raptor components.

Ford’s engineers thoroughly pushed the envelope with the 2017 Raptor in these few days, far exceeding what a normal owner would ever do over the lifetime. Testing of this next generation Raptor will continue till next year, with sales scheduled to begin in 2016. In America, that is.