The all-new, third-generation 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was revealed way back in early February, but in terms of when we might actually be able to buy one, well, Ford would only say that the off-road-focused pickup will be available in showrooms this summer. Now, Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with product plans that 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor order books are scheduled to open up on June 10th.
This 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor order date news comes right on the heels of word that both the 2021 F-150 Raptor and F-150 Tremor are part of Ford’s Job #2 production, which applies to all Ford F-150 models built on or after July 6th, 2021. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be built on that very first date, just that production can accommodate both models after that date.
The F-150 Raptor is exclusively built at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant, which required modifications to the assembly line so that it would fit – not the Kansas City Assembly Plant, which also builds F-150 models – and it is likely that the Tremor will be too, although that has not been confirmed.
It’s also unclear if the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage will impact the production of the new F-150 Raptor. F-150 production has been seriously hampered in recent weeks as The Blue Oval has been forced to cancel its summer shutdowns and idle most of its North American and European plants, leading to massive production cuts. Some experts believe that the shortage will last at least through the end of the year and possibly longer.
Regardless, for now, at least, the 2021 F-150 Raptor appears to be on track for a summer launch as originally expected. As for the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R and its 5.2L Predator V8, well, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see it in the flesh, though we have spied prototypes driving around and even captured a clip of what it sounds like in recent weeks.