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Ford unveiled its 2017 F-150 Raptor in the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, earlier this week.

Ford really kept the lid on its second-generation Raptor leading up to the Detroit Auto Show. Sure, there was some grumbling about a new Raptor incorporating the weight loss on the all-new 2015 F-150 thanks to its all-new aluminum body, but if anyone outside of Ford knew about it they certainly didn’t spill the beans.

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There’s been a lot of speculation regarding Ford’s future with the Raptor, and finally we have some answers. Ford announced the second-generation Raptor today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Yes, it’s lighter that before – 500 pounds, to be exact. And yes, it also features a 3.5-liter EcoBoost motor. The only downside? It won’t be in dealers until late 2016.

Ford recently released details on its 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor. The Raptor will return with new updates that include a new Torsen front differential, which will increase grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allow it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades, even when the traction is split between the front tires.

Ford also explained in its press release on the 2012 Raptor last week that an internal helical gearset is used to help force torque from the wheel that is losing traction to the wheel with traction. The system is set with a torque bias ratio of 2.5:1 to help multiply torque from wheel to wheel and the preload is set to zero to help minimize steering feedback.

“This system is key for letting Raptor customers tackle new ground in their truck,” said Kerry Baldori, Ford SVT Global Performance Vehicle chief functional engineer. “Its extreme capability lends itself well to rock climbing situations.”

DALLAS, Sept. 29, 2011 – The 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor is set to deliver a new level of the no-compromise off-road performance the truck is famed for and, with a variety of new technologies and interior and exterior updates, it won’t disappoint.

“A major element of the SVT Raptor program is our work to continuously expand the capabilities it offers to customers. We want to cover all dimensions of off-roading – from desert running to rock climbing,” said Raj Sarkar, Ford F-150 Marketing manager. “We always aim to keep the product fresh and exciting, and all of our changes for 2012 reflect that.”

Additional capability for the 2012 F-150 SVT Raptor comes from a new Torsen front differential. The system increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades, even when the traction is split between the front tires.

An internal helical gearset is used to help force torque from the wheel that is losing traction to the wheel with traction. The system is set with a torque bias ratio of 2.5:1 to help multiply torque from wheel to wheel and the preload is set to zero to help minimize steering feedback.