FoMoCo just revealed the all-new, third-generation 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor last week, but we’re still learning all sorts of interesting things about the off-road conquering pickup, including the details of its innovative exhaust system, just how far it will jump in the air without falling apart upon landing, and its new rear coil spring suspension. Now, we’ve also spotted an uncovered 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor prototype out driving around Dearborn, Michigan, giving us our first real-world look at the brand new pickup.
The most immediately noticeable thing about this 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor prototype is that it has a few mismatched colors on some of its trim pieces, and some of the truck’s auxiliary lighting is not installed. However, the undisguised prototype otherwise looks mostly production-ready.
Up front, these irregularities include a blue trim piece beneath the front grille and above the front bumper. The Raptor’s front skid plate, which is wider than the one fitted to the second-gen Ford F-150 Raptor, is also finished in silver, just like the production version.
Moving down the side, we can see white-covered side mirrors, door handles, and a white strip located behind the rear doors at the bottom. These trim pieces are painted body color on the production 2021 F-150 Raptor, and are simply covered with protective material on this prototype.
This 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor prototype does not feature either of the truck’s two new optional graphics packages and is fitted with 35-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain T/A K02 tires wrapped around one of three different 17-inch wheel designs, two of which offer beadlock capability. For the first time, 37-inch tires are also available as an option.
Moving toward the rear, we can see another white protective covering around the tailgate handle, which is also blue. The rear of the truck also shows off the 2021 F-150 Raptor’s new three-inch equal-length exhaust system that features a patent-pending built-in X-pipe, unique trombone loop, and active valves with four sound modes.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will be built at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and will be available in showrooms this summer.