Ford has confirmed that its all-new 2017 Raptor pickup truck will pack 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, channeled to the wheels through a new 10-speed automatic transmission and part-time four-wheel drive system.

For comparison, the 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 of the previous Raptor produced 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque at full song.

Like its utilitarian F-150 stablemate, the Raptor gains aluminum sheet metal, thereby shaving 227 kilograms (500 pounds) from its predecessor’s curb weight. This weight reduction stands to improve the new Raptor’s dynamics in every respect, including acceleration, braking and cornering performance, as well as improving its fuel efficiency.

Ford claims the 2017 Raptor will consume 23 percent less fuel than the previous model Raptor, thanks largely to its weight reduction, new 10-speed transmission, and smaller turbocharged V6 engine.

“Raptor was designed to be a no-compromise, off-road performance machine,” said Matt Tranter, Ford Performance engineering supervisor.

“That is why we made the switch from the cast-iron V8 to the aluminum-block high-output GTDI V6 EcoBoost engine that our team tuned to add 39 horsepower and 76 lb-ft of torque for today’s Raptor.”

The newly designed 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 engine in the new Raptor sports both direct and port fuel injection; a stronger and lighter crankshaft and valvetrain components; higher boost twin turbos with an electronic wastegate added; and a variable-displacement oil pump.

“Looking at the torque curve of the Raptor’s EcoBoost engine, you see the twin turbos spool quicker for faster time to torque–it hammers quick and keeps delivering torque for a more brawny feel than its V8 predecessor,” said Al Cockerill, Raptor’s powertrain development engineer.

The 2017 Raptor features a new torque-on-demand transfer case which Ford says is designed to give you the benefit of a clutched all-wheel-drive system for easy around-town maneuverability regardless of road conditions.

This system will protect both the transfer case gearing from potential damage on dry, grippy roads and the tires from excessive wear when left in all-wheel drive mode.

A new Terrain Management System is also featured on the second-generation Ford Raptor, offering normal, sport, weather, mud/sand, rock/crawl and Baja modes to drivers.

EPA-certified fuel economy ratings for the new Raptor ring in at 15.6 L/100 km city and 13.2 L/100 km highway.

Canadian Ford dealerships are set to receive their first allocations of 2017 Raptors late this year.

Canadian pricing has yet to be announced, but expect it to kick off just north of the previous Raptor’s $48,299 base price.