Last June, Ford Authority was the first to report that the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor would be making a return to V8 power. Ford’s off-road focused pickup has been powered by a high-output version of The Blue Oval’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 throughout its second generation, and that configuration has done quite well without the benefit of eight cylinders. Regardless, the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor will indeed offer buyers the most powerful V8 currently in FoMoCo’s lineup.
Ford Authority has learned that the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor will in fact be getting Ford’s 5.2L Predator V8, the same engine that’s currently found in the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. However, it will produce slightly less power than it does in The Blue Oval’s range-topping pony. In the Raptor, the blown eight will make between 725 and 750 horsepower. By comparison, the GT500’s 760 horsepower rating.
Ford’s intentions with the Predator-powered Raptor are very clear – to beat the new 2021 Ram TRX, which was just revealed earlier this week. The 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.
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 features a five-link coil suspension, which provides superior articulation over a traditional leaf spring setup.
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.
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