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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.

We’ll have more on the 2021 F-150 Raptor 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.

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Written by Brett Foote

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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