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 a year ago, Ford Authority spies spotted a 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R prototype emitting an intoxicating exhaust note while it drove around, but as Ford Authority reported last week, FoMoCo has been fine tuning that sound to make it even better. Now, Ford Authority spies have spotted not one, but two 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R pickups driving around, and both sound pretty damn amazing, as promised.
Roughly a week after Ford Authority spies spotted a camo-free F-150 Raptor R for the very first time, those same spies have come across a pair of additional uncovered pickups, this time in Agate Black Metallic and Area 51, while Ford Authority was the first to report that the latter hue will be available on the muscular model.
Last month, a number of additional leaks emerged regarding the Ford F-150 Raptor R, including not just one, but two leaked photos of the truck’s Predator powerplant and a series of window stickers that confirmed a host of colors for the new model – Avalanche Gray, Azure Gray Metallic Tri-Coat, Code Orange, Iconic Silver, Oxford White, Antimatter Blue, and Agate Black.
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 new model are slated to open up this fall, as Ford Authority exclusively reported back in February.