2018 Ford Raptor: First Look


While at a recent media event at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, to drive , we had a bit of a surprise. Sitting among the blue and silver 2017 F-150 Raptors that Ford Performance brought to the event was a bright Race Red Raptor — a color we've never seen before on the off-roader; they all seem to be blue or silver. I asked whether this was something special and was nonchalantly informed that this was, in fact, a 2018 Raptor.

So, have a look, truck fans, at the latest version of Ford's go-anywhere-at-top-speed ultra-pickup. The changes for 2018 are few, relegated mostly to cosmetic tweaks and some new equipment, but then not much really needs to change on this factory-built race truck that you can take to the grocery store across the Grand Canyon.

The best way to identify a new '18 Raptor is by the tailgate. On base models, it's stamped with the F-150 moniker, but on mid-level and luxury trims it has a new all-caps FORD appliqué affixed as standard. The 2018 model also gets four new colors: Guard (green), Magma Red (burgundy), Stone Gray and Lead Foot. The new Raptor will not get the new grille, headlights and taillights the rest of the 2018 F-150 lineup will sport and since the Raptor already has a unique front and rear end, we guess Ford decided it didn't need a freshening yet.

Inside, there's only one big new development for 2018: the addition of the B&O Play premium audio from Bang & Olufsen. It includes a new speaker on top of the dash, front and center, and I can attest that after a brief drive in the '18, the system truly sounds fantastic.

Check out the gallery of 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor photos below, and stay tuned for a First Drive of the 2018 Ford F-150 that's coming soon. photos by Aaron Bragman



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Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman has had over 25 years of experience in the auto industry as a journalist, analyst, purchasing agent and program manager. Bragman grew up around his father’s classic Triumph sports cars (which were all sold and gone when he turned 16, much to his frustration) and comes from a Detroit family where cars put food on tables as much as smiles on faces. Today, he’s a member of the Automotive Press Association and the Midwest Automotive Media Association. His pronouns are he/him, but his adjectives are fat/sassy. Email Aaron Bragman

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