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Here’s Why The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Will Only Come In SuperCrew Configuration

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Of the many interesting tidbits of information that came from yesterday’s 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor reveal that many might have missed is the fact that the desert-storming pickup truck will only be available in SuperCrew configuration, with four full-sized doors. This is notable because both the first- and second-gen Ford F-150 Raptor, based on the 12th-gen and 13th-gen F-150, respectively, were offered in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations. Now, we’ve come to learn why Ford chose to nix the SuperCab, a decision Ford Authority was the first to report in October of last year.

“This was a decision based on customer preferences,” David Darovitz, Product Communications Specialist at Ford Motor Company, told Ford Authority executive editor, Alex Luft in a recent statement. However, Ford declined to share stats as it pertains to take rates for the two cabs of the last-gen model. This could make it safe to conclude that most second-gen F-150 Raptor customers opted for the SuperCrew and the extra passenger space it provides.

In addition to this change, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor debuts a brand-new five-link coil spring rear suspension with extra-long trailing arms, a Panhard rod, and 24-inch coil springs – the longest in its class. The new Raptor also utilizes the latest Fox Live Valve internal bypass shocks with electronic control technology, position-sensitive damping, and 3.1-inch-diameter anodized aluminum shock bodies.

The 2021 F-150 Raptor is available with either 35-inch or, for the first time, 37-inch, specially-designed BFGoodrich all-terrain T/A K02 tires. Power comes from an updated, third-generation version of Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with state-of-the-art turbos, a 10.5:1 compression ratio, new high-power fans in the cooling system, and a new three-inch equal-length exhaust system, though Ford has not yet released any horsepower or torque figures. A V8-powered “Raptor R” is slated to launch next year as well.

An electronic locking rear differential is standard, while a Torsen front limited-slip differential is available as an option. Both are fitted with 4:10 final drive ratios. Maximum payload increases by 200 pounds, to 1,400 pounds, while maximum towing also increases 200 pounds, to 8,200 pounds of conventional trailering.

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Comments

  1. Ryan

    Makes sense on a Raptor since they are unique body panels, only have 1 extra widebody stamping for the bed this way. It is disappointing to me though that Ford restricts a lot of their cool packages to crew cab only. Would have liked to order my F250 as a Tremor, but I wanted the extended cab/long bed config. So just ordered and XL with the 7.3. I believe the Sport package is the same on the 150s. But I’m sure I’m in the minority, most like the crew cab and don’t care about the bed length.

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    1. JD

      Both the SCAB and SCREW have used the same bed on gen 1 and gen 2.

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  2. Ford500guy

    Ford really dropped the ball AGAIN on the Raptor. First they axed the V8 option and won’t offer it until next year if at all, now they axed the Super cab which really defeats the purpose of this truck being a true off roader. The only reason they did this is so all the fat cats can line their pockets to the tune of $100,000 Raptor and just screw the little guy who doesn’t have deep enough pockets to afford such a truck. The Ram TRX is starting to look a whole lot better now. Ford just keeps shooting them selves in the foot .

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    1. Roy Chile’s

      The Raptor SuperCrew easily out sales the SuperCab most customers don’t want to open the front doors to let people in and out of the back door, which is not user friendly or make sense. When has Ford or GM bring out a top model 1st the EcoBoost then the R 5.2 SC V8. GT350 then GT500 hell customers are still waiting on the Corvette Z06 and ZR1. I don’t know where you shop but EcoBoost Raptors don’t cost a $100K, The R might. Dodge resale sucks the TRX for &100k that can’t get 20mpg is what killed the Ram SRT/10, Ford made the right move gas is on the rise have fun shopping

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      1. Stalkbroker94

        I’m with you on this one, Roy. A V8 isn’t essential if you can make more power in other ways.

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  3. commbubba19

    Yeah, it’s not that customer’s didn’t demand it, it’s that Ford didn’t supply enough of the SuperCab’s for purchase. The S-Cab has the perfect amount of average rear seat room. The Crew is just obnoxiously too much rear cab area. It’s just unnecessary. The true buyers for this type of market targeted truck want the shorter wheelbase offered by the SCab. This is cost cutting pure and simple.

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    1. JD

      100% correct.

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  4. Ben Lawrence

    The extended cab Raptor didn’t have different stampings as it was only offered with the 5.5ft bed. It’s a shame they eliminated it really, since it did make for a better off-road package.

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    1. Ryan

      Got it, didn’t realize they had the same bed on both. Thanks for the info.

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      1. Ben Lawrence

        No problem Ryan. Unfortunately it would appear that Ford is simply trying to maximize profits by forcing buyers into a more expensive truck than they want or need. I personally miss the days of being able to get a loaded regular cab with the 6.5ft bed!

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  5. Dan Beilman

    Another dumb move by Ford to go all Crew Cab!! Most people who can afford this Truck don’t haul 4 or more passengers around daily. So I will never own a Crew Cab in any configuration. Ford just shut out the biggest segment of the people that would buy a New Rapture. Another stupid move by the Blue Oval!!

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  6. SCAB = Fun Raptor

    Some don’t need want or like 4 doors. The Raptor absolutely looks the best in the SCAB configuration. There’s one in the foreground of this jump video and it looks awesome. The SCAB just feels right when jumping. Jump one side by side with this Crew cab and take us along for the ride you’ll see the difference.. The SCAB is just more FUN! A Raptor is purpose built to be a FUN truck, sorry 4 doors don’t cut it for me… Just isn’t as Fun… Too bad Ford is doing away with it, “this year”. We have to wait and see if they offer it for the Raptor R or 22 & later models. I’m not getting a 4 door. The SCAB has plenty of rear seat room and is very comfortable.The SCAB has better road feed back, handling, maneuvering and is more FUN to drive. It is easier to tame while on street and parking. If you want, 4 doors has always been available. Bye SCABS you will be missed.

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    1. Dan Beilman

      I agree with you 110%. The Crew also weight’s a ton more and costs a lot than a SuberCab!! Ford is trying to do away with the SuperCab period!! So they charge more and make a bigger profit. Less inventory, less labor etc. SAD……Ford never listens to the everyday worker never have and never will!!

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      1. Stalkbroker94

        Because they aren’t the ones who tend to buy Raptors. It’s not like they nixed that option for their entire lineup. Just the Raptor trim level. Hell, you can still get a single cab F-150.

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