Earlier this month, we spied a Ford F-150 Raptor R prototype out testing for the very first time. Now, we have some video to share that shows off the menacing sound this forthcoming off-road pickup produces, courtesy of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500‘s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8, as Ford Authority was the first to report back in June of 2019. Needless to say, it sounds nothing like the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, which is powered by Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6.
The snarling, throaty V8 sound coming from the exhaust of this Ford F-150 Raptor R prototype is unmistakable and an absolutely appropriate match for the rugged pickup’s fighter jet-inspired styling. In the GT500, the Predator produces 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque, but it’s expected to be rated at around 750 horsepower in the Raptor R and be backed up by Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
Regardless, that’s still more than enough to outgun the Raptor’s main competitor – the Ram TRX. That truck comes equipped with a supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 that produces 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. With a claimed 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds, Ram calls the TRX the “quickest and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world,” a title it won’t hold for much longer.
In addition to its V8 powerplant, the Raptor R will also come equipped with a more robust chassis and suspension compared to the “regular” Raptor, along with unique gloss black wheels with beadlock capability. It will also look a bit different, with some styling changes including a few tweaks to its front grille to make it unique to the R model.