ford-f-150-raptor-r-confirmed,-expected-to-have-700+-horsepower

Ford has confirmed that a higher-performance version of its F-150 Raptor, the Raptor R, is coming next year. The 2021 F-150 Raptor (pictured above) is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6, while the Raptor R could use the supercharged V-8 from the Mustang Shelby GT500, making more than 700 horsepower. The Raptor R will take on the 702-hp Ram 1500 TRX. Something big was missing from the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor’s debut: the higher-performance Raptor that we spied earlier this year resonating with a powerful V-8 rumble. Ford did confirm, however, that it will be called the Raptor R, and it’ll arrive next year with its sights set on quickly going after the 702-hp Ram 1500 TRX.

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The F-150 Raptor debuted for 2010 with a 310-hp 5.4-liter V-8 under the hood, though for its second model year, Ford added an optional 411-hp 6.2-liter V-8. The second generation Raptor, which was revealed in 2015, got the switch to a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 making 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The 2021 Raptor (pictured above), now in its third generation, is still using Ford’s twin-turbo six—Ford hasn’t announced its power and torque figures—even though Ram is clearly taunting Ford (with savage Easter eggs, that is) with its 1500 TRX, which is powered by a 702-hp Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. The new truck also introduces the change to a coil-spring rear suspension, which is also found on the Ram.

Ford’s strongest answer to the TRX will be the Raptor R. It’s likely to be powered by a version of the Predator supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 that makes 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque in the Mustang Shelby GT500. We expect the Raptor R to have a more aggressive look as well that could include a different grille, fenders, wheels, and exterior graphics. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a little longer for an adequate competitor to the Ram 1500 TRX, but by then, could Stellantis shove the 797-hp Hellcat Redeye engine into the off-road pickup? That would certainly heat things up even more.
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