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Upcoming 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Spotted Camo-Free For First Time

Back in June of 2019, Ford Authority was the first to report that the Ford F-150 Raptor would once again be available with a V8 engine, and in the years since, we’ve learned that the forthcoming 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will fulfill that prophecy with the supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator engine. Over the past week or so, a number of additional details surrounding the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R have leaked out, including a build sheet for the V8-powered pickup, a photo of the truck’s supercharged powerplant, and a window sticker. Now, many months after spotting a 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R prototype out driving around for the first time, Ford Authority spies have come across the muscular pickup completely camo-free.

The biggest giveaway that this is indeed the more powerful “R” version of the off-road focused pickup is the presence of a covered-up section under the “D” in the Raptor’s signature “Ford” script grille, which a blacked-out “R,” as we can see in these photos, along with a green sticker on the windshield that reads “New Model.” Otherwise, this Raptor R prototype looks a lot like the regular version, and even sports the same optional 17-inch wheels that are already available on that particular pickup.

Regardless, the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will feature a few subtle differences from the regular Raptor, including the fact that it will get its own unique 17-inch forged aluminum wheels. The biggest difference will lie under the hood, where the Raptor R will come equipped with the aforementioned supercharged Predator powerplant that’s also present in the S550 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

However, as Ford Authority reported yesterday, the Predator will sound a bit different in the Raptor R than it does in that potent pony car, thanks to some special tuning from the development team. The result is a pickup that reportedly sounds “marvelous,” with the sort of menacing tone that will make the Raptor R easy to distinguish – aurally speaking – from EcoBoost-powered models.

In terms of timing, the Ram TRX-fighting 2023 Ford F-150 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.

We’ll have more on the 2023 F-150 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 non-stop 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

    I am most curious about this new color. I for one absolutely love it.


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