The 2017 F150 Raptor will be arriving later this year and itís expected to be very popular once the ordering books are open. Thatís why Ford is investing $145 million on their Cleveland powertrain facility.
This plant is where the current 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine for the Ford F-150, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Flex and Taurus is produced. Soon, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will join the line.
Previous generation Raptors were equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 but Ford decided to go with the 2nd gen 3.5L EcoBoost V6 for the 2017 Raptor
, the same V6 found in the new GT supercar and they plan to offer more power than the V8ís 411 horsepower and 434 lbs-ft of torque in the next gen Raptor.
While the port and direct injection from the 2nd gen V6 will be trickled down to all F-150 models, the 2017 Raptor will be getting the high output version of it making the beefed up engine variant a Raptor exclusive.
So why the large investment?
Because being paired with the new 10-speed automatic transmission, new advanced four wheel drive system, and exterior upgrades will make for one popular engine. In order to support future demand of the second-gen 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine without stressing the Cleveland Engine crew, Ford will need to create or retain 150 jobs and upgrade the production facility.
More than 900,000 EcoBoost F-150s have been sold and that number is going to increase with the new release.