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.