Back in June of 2019, Ford Authority exclusively reported that Ford was planning to finally offer a V8 engine in the F-150 Raptor. That model was teased by FoMoCo when it revealed the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor back in February 2021. At the time, Ford simply mentioned that a Ford F-150 Raptor R was coming in 2022, without providing any other details. But, as Ford Authority was first to report, it will be powered by Ford’s supercharged 5.2L Predator V8. And now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that Ford F-150 Raptor R order books will open up this fall.
As we reported in 2020, the 5.2L Predator V8 in the F-150 Raptor R will produce around 750 horsepower, slightly less than the 760 ponies it makes in the S550-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. That will make the Raptor R more powerful than its chief rival – the 2021 Ram TRX – which is equipped with a supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 rated at 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. With a 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 once the F-150 Raptor R makes its debut.
Aside from its more powerful supercharged V8 engine – which Ford Authority captured on video making throaty sounds last year – the F-150 Raptor R will also look almost the same as a “regular” F-150 Raptor, albeit with a few very subtle changes. The prototype seen here, originally spotted by Ford Authority spies back in April, features the “Ford” script front grille, gloss black beadlock-capable wheels, beefy tires, and dual exhaust. The Raptor R will also feature a more robust rear suspension fortified by structural enhancements like beefier trailing arms.
As Ford Authority reported back in September, the Ford F-150 Raptor R isn’t slated to arrive until later in 2022. Our report that order banks won’t open until next fall bring further substance to that report.