(Graphic by the author. Photo Credit: Ford)

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!  We’re getting up at dawn and hiking into the desert to finally see and touch and also drive the hell out of the 2017 Ford Raptor. I know you’re almost as stoked to hear about it as I am to play with it, so what do you want to know?

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The Raptor off-road performance variant of the F-150 first came out for 2010, running a remarkably aggressive design, big shocks and Ford’s then-ubiquitous 5.4-liter Triton V8. Shortly after the truck’s introduction the company upped its ante by about 100 horsepower with a 6.2-liter engine.

When the F-150 went through its all-new redesign in 2015, we knew a new Raptor was on the horizon. Now it’s finally here, with an aluminum body, 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 and more power than ever. One of these babies just finished the Baja 1000 and got driven all the way back to its garage straight from Mexico.

I’ll be driving the production-spec vehicle with a delegation of media people in the desert near San Diego. I have been told we’ll get to experience the truck as it’s meant to be driven—quick and dirty. I’m expecting lots of fast, bounding desert stuff but we’ve also been promised a little rock crawling too.

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In addition to kicking up dust clouds we’ll have the opportunity to speak with representatives from Ford on both the business and engineering side of the truck.

Expect a full review next week. With all that in mind, drop in any details you’d like me to ask about or look for, and I’ll do my best to answer your questions over the next few days.