Meet the new Ford Mustang Raptor. Revealed via a surprise online announcement on April 1st, the 2021 Mustang Raptor is part pony car, part desert runner, all wrapped into an attractive and highly-competent package.
“At the first-ever Detroit Auto Show, Henry Ford said he was working on something that would strike like forked lightning. That model was the Model-T. Last November, Ford struck like lighting again with the all-new Mustang Mach-E. Today, we’re striking yet again with the Mustang Raptor,” said Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman, Blazen Ford.
Based around the current-generation S550 Mustang Fastback Coupe, the 2021 Ford Mustang Raptor has a completely new suspension configuration influenced by the Ford F-150 Raptor, along with heavily-revised exterior design elements that help it tackle even the roughest terrains. The new front and rear fascias make for better approach and departure angles, while 15-inch grey wheels wrapped in beefy off-road BFGoodrich tires are placed within the wider fenders, with protective cladding throughout. The tour de force is a new air suspension system, which allows the Mustang Raptor to increase its standard 7 inch ground clearance to an astounding 12 inches.
“The new Ford Mustang Raptor takes what’s best about the beloved F-150 Raptor, and applies it to the legendary Mustang, making for a best-of-breeds vehicle. Think of it like the Swiss Army knife of autos,” said Wevor Trevington, Ford Motor Company Vice President of Global Product Development Operations & Vehicle Programs.
Only one engine will be offered – Ford’s high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 from the F-150 Raptor. In the Mustang Raptor, the boosted six makes a symmetrical 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
“Driving this the Mustang Raptor is an experience like no other,” said Bim Jaumbick, Enterprise Product Line Manager. “Whether you want to drive fast on a paved road, crawl rocks or go dune jumping in the desert and then drive to work on Monday, this car does it all.”
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