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2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R 5.2L V8 Seemingly Confirmed Via New Leak

Way back in 2019, Ford Authority exclusively reported that the forthcoming Ford F-150 Raptor R is slated to get a V8 engine, a fact that was confirmed back in January by an internal FoMoCo document. Meanwhile, Ford Authority spies spotted an F-150 Raptor R prototype testing for the first time over a year ago, capturing its throaty exhaust note shortly thereafter. The Blue Oval was later caught benchmarking the Ram TRX against its future rival, and now, it seems that we have received confirmation that the Ford F-150 Raptor R will, in fact, be equipped with the supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator engine also present in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, as expected.

The Raptor Connection obtained this photo and posted it on Instagram, which is purported to show a build sheet for a 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R. The most interesting thing about it, however, is the fact that it shows “5.2L” on the sheet, which seemingly confirms that the higher-performance F-150 Raptor variant will indeed come equipped with the very special engine.

Aside from its beefed-up powerplant, the F-150 Raptor R will look slightly different than the already aggressively-styled F-150 Raptor, as Ford Authority reported in April 2021. However, the Raptor R isn’t expected to arrive until later this year, while order books for the muscular pickup are slated to open up this fall, as Ford Authority exclusively reported back in February. When it does launch, the F-150 Raptor R is expected to produce somewhere around 750 horsepower, enough to handily beat out its main rival – the Ram TRX – which uses a supercharged 6.2L V8 to offer up 702 horsepower.

We’ll have much more on the Raptor R soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 newsFord F-150 Raptor news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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. c

    TT? As in twin turbo instead of supercharger? Honestly it would make sense. Turbos provide a more torque-heavy boost than superchargers do and don’t produce a lot of heat, and given that this is a desert racer, those are two very big benefits (and since it would then almost certainly include that anti lag system, that problem would be all but eliminated too).

  2. Richard A Leggett

    i can’t wait for this truck i already own a gt500 having two vehicles with that engine would be awesome

  3. Kevin

    Why wouldn’t they put the new Raptor motor in the Navigator to compete with Escalade V. Seems like a no-brainer!

  4. FordBixler

    I’m really surprised the Ford hasn’t announced the Raptor R yet to show off the modified exterior. Didn’t order books for 2022’s close already and 2023 books won’t open until Fall?


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