Ford unleashes 2017 F-150 Raptor

Provided photo The new 2017 F-150 Raptor pickup is generating huge interest, Ford Motor Co. reports.

DEARBORN, Mich. — As full-scale production begins this month on the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor, orders are already pouring into Ford dealerships.

Performance, capability and technology improvements across the board make this the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever. With a starting MSRP of $49,520 for the purpose-built off-road Ford Performance-engineered F-150 Raptor, Ford dealers are seeing interest and already taking deposits on the truck.

Team Ford in Las Vegas has been one of the most successful F-150 Raptor dealers in North America. Owner Steve Olliges, who races Raptor professionally off-road, says he already has nearly 300 customers on a waiting list.

“It’s a great problem to have, but it’s tough, because there’s so much interest in the product,” says Olliges. “We do everything we can to get our hands on Raptor for our customers, whether that’s referring them to other Ford dealers or making calls to find the truck for them.”

While Ford does not publicly disclose production numbers, of the trucks scheduled for production, 65 percent of orders are identified as retail orders for a specific customer. Largest markets so far include Texas, California and Florida.

The first 10 days of the Raptor build and price configurator on the Ford.com website saw more than 90,000 hits, with nearly 30,000 completed builds. Of those, 91 percent are SuperCrew.

The luxury group, with features like 360-degree camera and Blind Spot Information System, has a 90 percent take rate while Raptor with technology package, including lane-keeping system and adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation, has a 77 percent take rate.

Shadow Black is the most common paint color.

“This is one of the fastest and most popular product launches we’ve seen in some time,” says said Rob Rosenbach, Ford F-150 brand manager. “Traffic volume on the Raptor pages is more than five times our other performance vehicle lines, with dealer demand far ahead of expectations. This demonstrates the Ford Performance team hit its mark with the new F-150 Raptor.”

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