Revealed a year and a half ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Ford’s new 2017 F-150 Raptor will go on sale later this year and in order to retain its fans’ attention, Ford has been releasing little nuggets of information and the latest teaser is the new pickup’s six driving modes.
Driving modes were designed to electronically adjust things like steering, throttle, and transmission. These adjustments are what will allow the F-150 Raptor to power through everything from track to off road rock crawling. The 6 drives modes we’ll be seeing are Normal, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja, and Rock Crawl.
is pretty self-explanatory and Weather mode
will make adjustments to the truck’s throttle response, shifting, traction control, and the four-wheel system for wet roads. Sport mode was designed for “spirited on-road driving
” with an increase in throttle response and quicker shifting.
For off-road enthusiast there are the three other modes. Mud/Sand mode
changes the four-wheel drive system to “4 High”, locks the differential, the AdvanceTrac settings are optimized for maintaining traction, and the steering is set to “comfort” mode. Rock Crawl mode
is also pretty self-explanatory; the settings are changed for extreme rock crawling at low speeds and the front mounted camera is turned on so drivers can see everything in front of the truck but only up to 15 mph.
Then there’s the Baja mode
, a mode named after the Baja 1000 desert race. Fitting name since it is a setting used for driving through the desert at high speeds. The traction and stability control interference is kept to a minimum, throttle map will be adjusted for better engine response, and the transmission will hold gears longer to keep the truck in its power band.
If none of these modes are what you need, the 2017 F-150 Raptor allow you to adjust the traction and stability control systems
by pressing the electronic stability control button, which will reduce traction and keep stability control, or holding it down for five seconds to turn off AdvanceTrac.
Once the ordering books are open, buyers can get one in either a standard body style or in the form of a 4 door SuperCrew. No matter the body, both versions will come with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that’s expected to have a 450 horsepower output.