All-new F-150 Raptor wins Cars.com Best Pickup Truck 2017; F-Series Super Duty also nominated

The 2017 F-150 Raptor took home Best Pickup Truck of 2017 from Cars.com.

The all-new F-150 Raptor, building off the success of its predecessor, pushes the envelope more with performance gains and new technology offerings. With more power and torque, a first-in-class 10-speed transmission, a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that saves 500 pounds over the previous model, unique BFGoodrich tires and improved Fox Racing shocks, the 2017 F-150 Raptor stands alone in the high-performance off-road truck segment.

The redesigned, reengineered 2017 Super Duty also vied for the overall award. Boasting 20 class-exclusive features and a host of best-in-class claims, including most towing capability, payload and torque, the all-new F-Series Super Duty is the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

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Mustang Apollo Edition: New Photos and Specs on Ford’s NASA Inspired Sports Car

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Ford is returning to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to introduce a one-off Mustang that pays homage to NASA’s successful Apollo program.

The Apollo Edition started life as a 2015 Mustang GT but it looks considerably more muscular than its regular-production counterpart.  The coupe has gained a new hood with two air vents, a model-specific front bumper upgraded with a sizable splitter made out of carbon fiber, a generously-sized spoiler mounted on the trunk lid, and 21-inch Forgiato alloy wheels wrapped by low-profile tires.

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To wrap up the custom look, Ford has given the Apollo Edition a two-tone black and glossy white paint job with red accents on the hood, the roof, and the mirror caps. Red “USA” stickers create a discreet visual link between the ‘Stang and the space shuttle that inspired it, and orange LED underbody lighting was added to symbolize atmospheric re-entry.

The one-off Mustang’s cockpit has been spruced up with leather-upholstered bucket seats that feature white contrast stitching, red and white accents on the center console, Apollo Project emblems embroidered into the front seat backs, and a new instrument cluster.ford-mustang-apollo-edition-seatlogoford-mustang-apollo-edition-apliques

The Apollo Edition is almost as fast as a rocket, too. It packs a tuned Mustang GT-sourced 5.0-liter that uses a Ford Performance supercharger to

make 627 horsepower and 540 foot-pounds of torque. A six-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels, while Brembo brakes and a sport-tuned suspension keep the extra grunt in check.

Staying true to tradition, Ford will donate the Mustang Apollo Edition to the EAA and the car will be auctioned off during the Gathering of Eagles Gala that will take place later this month. The proceeds from the sale will be used to support the organization’s year-round youth aviation programs.

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2017 Ford Raptor is Here

This year’s North American International Auto Show is going to be one of the largest in recent memory, and headlining the show is the series of Ford Performance announcements, including the new Shelby GT350R, Ford GT, and the 2017 Ford Raptor.

For those worried that the next generation Raptor would lose some of the edge that made the previous truck so great, have no fear.

Everything that you loved about the previous truck is in the new one. So the Fox Racing suspension is back, and bigger, with bigger shocks and more suspension travel.

Surprisingly, the new Raptor is powered by a V6. This 3.5L EcoBoost is similar to what is in the new F-150, and the new Ford GT, have it in, just in a different state of tune. Ford is promising more power and torque than the 6.2L in the outgoing truck. Talking to some contacts, it might not be just a little bit more than the previous truck, but a lot more. How much? I’m not sure yet.

The aluminum construction on top of the high-strength steel frame allows the new Raptor to weigh 500 pounds less than the previous truck. Also brand new in the Raptor is a 10-speed automatic. Yes, 10 gears.

But the specs are only part of the story. The truck looks great in person. You can tell it’s different from the previous versions, but even with a passing glance you can tell it’s a Raptor. The black grille is redesigned to work around the LED headlights. It works.

The Ford Performance blue paint gives the truck a unique look, and I hope that the color is available in the production version. All of the performance vehicles during the announcement were painted in that color.

There are some subtle new touches to the truck. The exhaust has dual outlets on the new truck. The rear tailgate has FORD written in big letters across it. The box side graphics are a new design for 2017, but still retain their original theme.

Also, like the previous truck, you will be able to get it with a lot of options. The big sunroof that made its appearance in the 2015 F-150 is available. Sync 3 will be available, with the new AppLink 3.0. Surely, heated and cooled seats will come with it. Also, expect to see the LED headlights available. All of the luxury options that were on the previous truck will be available on the new truck.

The big talk of the show might end up being the mid-engined, rear-wheel drive Ford GT, but the Raptor is just as important. Unlike the GT, the Raptor is a truck that’s obtainable for a lot of people. The technology you see in this truck will trickle down to their other products.

It’ll be a long wait until the 2017 model year when the truck becomes available. But in the meantime we can take solace that the new Raptor is on its way, and that it’s going to be awesome. As soon as it rolled out on the stage I knew I’d want it. It didn’t disappoint.

Source: Ford Truck Enthusiasts

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5 Star Review Fusion Hybrid Titanium

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Ford Explorer Purchase =AAA

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2013 Ford Explorer Purchase = AAA

I was very pleased and more than satisfied in each area of of service Mullinax Ford of Central Florida provided. Our sales leader Mark went above and beyond to ensure we received the exact car and too additional steps to add additional features to further provide us with a AAA purchase and overall experience. I would definitely purchase another car from Mullinax Ford of Central Florida and would work directly with Mark on all future purchased. Thank you,

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Thank you so much for working with us on such short notice. We love our Expedition. The entire purchase process from the first phone call to pulling away from the dealership with the new car was perfect. We’ve never had such a good experience buying a car. When the time comes, we’ll certainly come your way for another car.

Thank you again for making buying our car so easy.