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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Exhaust Sounds Pretty Darn Good: Video

Of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor’s many new features, most of which we’ve seen in action over the last few days, one that we find particularly interesting is the truck’s brand new exhaust system. The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor exhaust is specifically designed to make FoMoCo’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 sound more pleasing to enthusiasts, who often complained about the second-gen F-150 Raptor’s raspy and high-pitched exhaust note. And as we can hear from this video, Ford definitely accomplished that goal.

FoMoCo engineers invested quite a bit of time and effort into making the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor exhaust sound just right, even benchmarking cars like the Nissan GT-R and Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, both of which are known for their pleasing exhaust notes and V6 powerplants. Engineers determined that an equal-length exhaust system was needed to generate a deeper, more assertive tone, as well as an X-pipe.

This all sounds fairly simple on paper, but incorporating those elements into an off-road-focused pickup is a bigger challenge than a road-going performance-based vehicle. Ford knew that it had to tuck the Raptor’s exhaust up as far as possible to achieve maximum ground clearance, which meant avoiding the standard center-mounted configuration that is typically used to create an equal-length exhaust.

To compensate for the unequal-length pipes caused by an offset configuration, Ford added an unconventional 360-degree “trombone loop” on the passenger side that compensates for the additional length of the driver’s side exhaust, which has to travel underneath the transmission to get to the other side. This makes the two pipes’ flow paths nearly identical, which results in an exhaust system that sounds totally different from the one present on the second-gen F-150 Raptor.

In addition to that innovative new setup, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor exhaust is active for the first time and features four separate exhaust modes – Quiet, Normal, Sport, and Baja – which can be selected automatically via the truck’s Drive Modes or individually depending on the driver’s preference.

The finishing touch of this unique exhaust system is the 2021 F-150 Raptor’s single muffler, which resides ahead of the rear axle, rather than behind it. This improves the truck’s ground clearance and departure angle, both of which are obviously very important figures in the hyper-competitive world of off-road-focused pickups.

While we imagine that most Blue Oval fans would rather hear the rumble of a V8 coming from the tailpipes of the 2021 F-150 Raptor (and as Ford Authority was the first to report, that will be happening soon), we must admit, this innovative new exhaust system makes Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 sound better than ever.

We’ll have much more on the 2021 F-150 Raptor very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 newsFord F-150 Raptor news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. John Q Public

    There are no “car people” or “truck people” at Ford. They build vehicles that customers are buying. In the U.S. that means trucks, crossovers, and SUVs.

  2. tomS

    Lipstick on a pig.
    TRX sounds a lot better

  3. A

    Plenty of car people at Ford. Not enough car people in America, though

  4. Humbuzz

    I’ve always thought well designed engines with cylinders in multiples of three sound fantastic; Kawasaki H2 750, Porsche 911, Lambos. Unfortunately too many sound like tractors.

  5. G. H.

    6cyl sucks.

  6. Dr. Pretorius

    I prefer the “exhaust sound” of the GMC Hummer.

  7. Gordon B

    Alot of Raptor haters on a Ford based websites lately. Must be worried about something. I guess you have to pick the only thing that’s percieved as a weakness (exhaust note). I could see it being bothersome having to be behind it losing for so long! I bet you really hate EV vehicles! Get with the times. Even Dodge CEO admitted the days of the hellcat are numbered. TFL showed the world a tuned 600hp gen2 is faster than a TRX. So what happens when it’s announced that the gen3’s 3.5 is the 660hp Ford GT EcoBoost! Then you have 35″ and 37″ versions both faster than that pig. So a 725-760hp Raptor R will decimate it 🤣 Tired of hearing ignorant responses from people that can’t afford either truck, and are driving their wife’s (or mom’s) minivan. Run your truck… not your mouth! #ENTERTHEBAJA1000

    1. tomS

      I run my Taurus SHO, (tuned, but no exhaust mods), and my ’19 BMW M850i xdrive convertible. (v-8 with exhaust choices) Paid cash for both.
      I just wanted a Raptor with a Shelby v-8. Now, because I need a truck to pull a new boat I’m buying, I have to settle for a lease and a promise from Ford it will build what I want. Or, I might buy the Dodge, and yes, I can afford it. You assume a lot.

      1. Gordon B

        Hennessy Velociraptor gets you what you want if you can’t wait on Ford. Even comes with 3yr 36k warranty.

      2. Gordon B

        You obviously had a lot of meaning with “lipstick on a pig” then. 99 out of 100 comments are people that are just stirring the pot and never been in either truck. I would’ve imagined you’d be used to a turbo v6 sound with an SHO. I didn’t pay cash for my 18′ gen2, but it’s paid off already. It’s been the most fun of all the trucks I’ve owned (on and off road). I’ll be getting a Raptor R because the gen2 is a beast, and I can’t wait to see how it can be improved. Raptor has a proven track record at the Baja1000. 0-60mph, 1/4 mile times, and sound have nothing to do with performance offroad.

  8. John Vercellino

    Sounds like a wet fart. V8 sounds better. Waste of 15 seconds.

  9. John larikia

    This sounds exactly like a VQ engine. Literally sounds the exact same as a Nissan 350z.


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