The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was revealed back in early February, at which time Ford also confirmed that a more powerful F-150 Raptor R was coming in 2022. While the automaker hasn’t revealed any additional details about this mysterious pickup, Ford Authority was the first to report that V8 power would be returning to the Raptor way back in June of 2019. However, it appears that we’ll have to wait just a bit longer for the more powerful pickup, as sources familiar with the Ford F-150‘s production schedule have confirmed to Ford Authority that the Ford F-150 Raptor R isn’t slated to arrive until later next year.
Ford Authority spies spotted the very first Ford F-150 Raptor R prototype back in April, which is also around the same time FoMoCo was seen benchmarking the more powerful version of its off-road pickup against its chief rival – the Ram TRX. While the TRX currently holds a massive advantage over the Raptor in terms of output, the presence of Ford’s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8 is expected to end that short reign when it arrives in 2022.
The TRX is powered by a 6.2L Hemi V8 that produces 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, which propels it from 0-60 miles-per-hour in 4.5 seconds and down the quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds. Meanwhile, Ford’s Predator V8 makes 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 but is expected to be rated at around 750 horsepower in the Raptor R.
As Ford Authority previously reported, the Raptor R will look a bit different than the regular Raptor, sporting details including a unique grille with minor tweaks, gloss black wheels with beadlock capability, and a more robust rear suspension in addition to its massive infusion of power.