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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Shines in Desert Torture Test Before Fall 2016 Launch

DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, the automaker's high-performance off-road truck, recently completed more than 1,000 miles of grueling durability testing in the U.S. southwestern desert ahead of a Ford dealership launch in fall 2016.

Ford issued photos on Tuesday of the F-150 Raptor burnishing its off-road credentials in a series of desert challenges that included steep climbs in deep sand and tabletop jumps.

"Ford engineers pushed the new Raptor harder in a few days than it will be pushed over the lifetime of a typical vehicle, far exceeding what an owner would do on the trail," Ford said in a statement.

Testing of the next Raptor will continue into 2016.

Pricing has not been announced.

The F-150 Raptor is the second-generation version of the off-road-ready pickup. It features an all-new frame, aluminum body panels and a Raptor-exclusive 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. The engine is linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Raptor's chief rival is the Dodge Ram Power Wagon.

Edmunds says: Ford continues to whet the appetites of prospective F-150 Raptor buyers with updates that showcase its capabilities.

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