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.