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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor EcoBoost Sings Its Song In The Snow: Video

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Much to the chagrin of V8 fans, when the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was revealed some weeks ago, it was still packing Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 under the hood. Ford Authority first reported that a 5.2L Predator V8-powered Ford F-150 Raptor was on the way last year, but it seems that this “Raptor R” isn’t ready for prime time just yet. However, Ford did make a few tweaks to the exhaust on the Raptor EcoBoost, and we can hear it clearly in these two new videos.

In them, a white F-150 Raptor EcoBoost is toying around a bit in the snow, sounding quite a bit like, well, the previous-gen model equipped with Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6. This, despite the fact that the 2021 Raptor’s V6 breathes through a new three-inch equal-length exhaust system that features a patent-pending built-in X-pipe, unique “trombone loop,” and first-for-Raptor active valves. The system takes advantage of a true passthrough muffler design that reportedly improves sound quality, according to Ford.

 

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We’re not sure which exhaust mode – Quiet, Normal, Sport, or Baja – this particular Raptor is in, but it still sounds very much like a V6 at open throttle. Down low, in all fairness, it does emit a deeper tone than the previous-gen Raptor, as we can also hear in this video we created a few weeks ago. But at the same time, no one will ever mistake this truck for anything less than a V6-powered vehicle.

 

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Whether that’s a good or a bad thing, well, that depends on individual preference. The last-gen Raptor did quite well for itself over the last few years, outselling Porsche’s entire lineup of sports cars and the Chevrolet Corvette, so it’s clear that a lot of people don’t mind the sound. But personally, we’ll be holding out for the proper R version to launch and return a proper V8 rumble to the Raptor where it belongs.

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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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Comments

  1. JimL

    It’s not an 8, but I think it sounds pretty damned good! Definitely better than any other EB I’ve heard.

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  2. Thurston Munn

    Love the deeper notes of the exhaust and yes it’s still a V/6 but sounds a lot meaner !!

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