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Ford F-150 Raptor Orders Outpaced Production In 2016

Producing a niche high-performance product like the Ford F-150 Raptor is always a risk, but in the case of the all-new 2017 model, it seems Ford was right to invest in the truck like they did.

Ford won’t share numbers, but a PR Representative we spoke to this week insisted that orders for the new F-150 Raptor in the latter part of 2016 were very strong, far outpacing production.

Key to what makes the new F-150 Raptor such a step up from even its tremendous predecessor is that it was designed from the ground up with supreme performance in-mind, said the PR Rep. Where the 2014 Ford SVT Raptor was effectively a regular F-150 with the 6.2L V8 from the Super Duty and a host of upgrades, the 2017 Raptor has a unique boxed steel frame, and boasts a model-exclusive version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

Thanks to the F-150’s switch to an aluminum-alloy body in 2015, the new off-road truck has also managed to shed some 500 pounds off its 2014 curb weight, leading to better acceleration, braking, and handling.

It’s unclear whether any of the changes planned for the refreshed, 2018 Ford F-150 will make their way into the F-150 Raptor in the future, but to buyers, it likely makes no difference; we don’t see enthusiasm for the new off-road warrior waning anytime soon.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Chris

    How does Ford prioritize orders for the Raptors? I know of folks that have ordered as long ago as July and they do not even have a build date yet and their order is “clean”. I have a order from September that has not been scheduled yet. While others that placed orders in November have trucks that were built in December and even a few have taken delivery. Very frustrating, non-transparent process. I have always ordered trucks from Ford vs finding them on the lot, and have never had such a long frustrating process as this has been with the 17 Raptor.

    1. Tony

      Ordered mine back in August and the dealer says they have no idea when it will arrive. Getting worried the delay is last minute tweaks to the truck. Maybe because it wasn’t ready yet for the public, I’m hoping when I do get it, it won’t be problematic for me.

  2. Dan

    What Chris said needs answered. Hundreds of loyal raptor buyers getting VERY frustrated at this non transparent process. NO communication from ford!

  3. Lance

    Ordered on 9/20. Still unscheduled clean. Smh

  4. Mike

    Ford has said they will make all the Raptors needed to meet demand. Ford dealers say they will only receive what they are allocated by Ford and those allocations are all spoken for. Very frustrating! What is the true story?

  5. Philip

    Ordered mine July 21st! nada…

  6. Ian Gilbert

    Ordered Two weeks after preordering was available. Now have an eta of the 16th of January and it keeps changing.

  7. rob

    ordered late Nov taking delivery next week!

  8. Bill

    Ordered mine July 30th, picked up Wednesday this week. I was completely frustrated per the comments here, but will tell you it’s worth the wait. Hang in there!

  9. Matt

    well at least I know I’m not alone now, I’m in the same boat as all of you, I ordered mine the very start of September and was given an initial date of “no latter than January” now with the last few talks with the dealership it changed to “fingers crossed for march” which I can handle, even though its incredibly frustrating, though I do believe ford should be giving back SOMETHING to all these people that ordered this early and have been essentially screwed, other than Bill have any of you guys received updates or anything on yours?

    1. Chris

      Spoke with my dealer today, Still no build or solid guess. Being told March to late April. Trying to decide at what point to just cancel and hold out for a 2018. My dealer did tell me that he finally got one of his orders scheduled and hoped to have mine scheduled soon.


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