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.
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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.