Ford Authority has been closely following the development of the upcoming 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. Today, our eagle-eyed spies caught a prototype of the upcoming Raptor with some camo removed from its grille, giving us our best look yet at the front fascia.
The front fascia is clearly characterized by a tri-bar grille, with a prominent center section. We have reason to believe that this section will have “FORD” written out in big, bold letters – much like the outgoing F-150 Raptor.
This prototype continues to feature drape-like camo to disguise the new coil-spring suspension system, as was the case with prototypes noticed previously.
It’s currently unclear whether the all-new, third-generation Ford F-150 Raptor will come to market for the 2021 or 2022 model years. It’s possible that the vehicle will actually launch toward the end of the 2021 model year, but with very limited availability. We’ve been told by sources to expect an official debut in early 2021.
As Ford Authority was first to exclusively report last year, the Raptor variant of the 14th-generation Ford F-150 will be powered by Ford’s 5.2L Predator V8, the same supercharged eight currently found in the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The blown V8 will produce between 725 and 750 horsepower compared to the 760 horsepower tune in the GT500.
Earlier this month, we spied a next-gen Ford Raptor prototype in advanced stages of development. That prototype utilized a coil spring rear suspension setup in lieu of the current Raptor’s leaf springs, and the truck’s Fox shocks were moved ahead of the rear axle. It’s worth noting that the Ram TRX – which was revealed earlier this month – features a five-link coil suspension, which provides superior articulation over a traditional leaf spring setup.
The Ram TRX comes equipped with a supercharged version of FCA’s 6.2L Hemi V8, which produces 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. FCA calls the TRX the “quickest and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world,” with a claimed 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds at 108 mph.
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