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Ford F-150 Raptor R Will Look Slightly Different Than The Regular Raptor

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When the all-new, third-generation 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was revealed back in February, Ford simply mentioned that a Ford F-150 Raptor R was coming next year. However, it did not provide any sort of details about this mysterious Raptor R, though we already know that it will be powered by Ford’s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8, as Ford Authority was the first to report back in June of 2019.

Now, we’ve learned a few key details about the Ford F-150 Raptor R, beginning with the fact that it will look slightly different than the current 2021 F-150 Raptor. That starts up front with the Raptor R’s grille, which will still boast the large “Ford” script that has become a design staple for the off-road-focused pickup, but it will feature some minor tweaks to make it unique to the R model.

In addition to the revised grille design, the F-150 Raptor R will also come equipped with unique gloss black wheels with beadlock capability, as well as a more robust rear suspension fortified by structural enhancements (via more hunky trailing arms), which are likely a necessity given the major infusion of power the R will enjoy over the base Raptor and its 3.5L EcoBoost V6.

As we reported last August, the R version of the new F-150 Raptor will produce a bit less power than the other Blue Oval product available with the Predator V8 – the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. In that guise, it produces 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque, but it’s expected to be rated at somewhere between 725 and 750 horsepower in the Raptor R.

Regardless, that’s enough to instantly make the Raptor R a serious competitor to the 2021 Ram TRX, which 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 “quickest and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world,” a title it will cede to the Raptor R when it launches next year.

We’ll have much more on the Raptor R 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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  1. OMG. Ford wastes yet even more time on models that will have a tiny market share. I’m almost wishing big financial troubles for them. All these idiotic decisions have to lead somewhere…

      • The REAL question is where do I send my money to reserve one. I forsee long backorders like they had with my wife’s Explorer ST. Well worth the wait though. Now it’s my turn!!!

  2. There are thousands of first and second gen Raptors on the road. We’ve been screaming for Ford to make another V-8 powered Raptor since 2016. Now, they’re going to beyond our wildest dreams with a super-charged Predator V-8. There isn’t anything stupid about it – and they will sell like hotcakes. I might trade in my F-250 diesel for one. Nope, this is brilliant, and Ford is just telling (leaking) us how they’re going to make sure the vehicle will be even more capable of handling that insane amount of power. They just keep on innovating and building the best trucks on the road.

  3. Why not have the F-150 Raptor R exceed the hp of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 instead of not even meeting it? Advice to Ford: get serious and quit playing games.

    • What do you mean? “Get serious”? Ford is more serious than Dodge. Dodge only managed to build a quickly accelerating truck. It’s not as good off-road as the outgoing Raptor. It’s not even particularly fast, as they’re limited to 118mph.

  4. You have to respect FORD for their dedication to owning the podium. GM gave up ages ago leaving Dodge to go for the gold. In truck world, FORD is king… always has …. always will. Looking forward, I only hope the F150 continues in two flavors, ICE and BEV. Mess this up and FORD will be severely damaged in the market place. In this business, there can only be one that is best.

    • ditto, with all the trolling from dodge about t-rex vs raptor maybe ford changed their minds. kind of surprised that a supercharger was even made for the 7.3 and so quickly

      even though 700 hp plus is great, new electric trucks will be more powerful.

      • The “new electric” trucks are going to come with a stationary bike, hooked to a generator, Gilligan’s Island type set-up, if you find yourself out of electricity, just hook it up and start peddling! No more will one have to put a couple of 5gal Gas can’s on board, or opt for a reserve tank! Not to mention, the great low pricing we an expect!

  5. Ford f-150, V8, as it was meant to be! Super Charger-yes indeed, thankfully the “turbos are king” swamy was overridden by a real car guy! Long live the V8 Ford, I feel sorry for those that have never known a V8, how long they last for one, how they sound for two!

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