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2023 Ford Raptor R: Here’s What We Know And Expect

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. In the years since, we’ve learned that this will indeed happen when the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R launches with the supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator engine underhood, which will be mated to the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission, rather than the seven-speed dual clutch unit present in the Predator-equipped Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, as Ford Authority reported last week. Now, following multiple leaks regarding the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R, we’ve assembled a complete list of what we can expect from the forthcoming high-performance off-road pickup.

On the outside, the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will look quite a bit like the regular Raptor, and shares the same signature “Ford” script front grille as well. However, as Ford Authority exclusively reported recently, the V8-powered variant has a red “R” located beneath the “D” in Ford, which has thus far been covered up with black tape/camo on prototypes Ford Authority spies have spotted driving around.

The Raptor R will also roll on a set of unique forged 17-inch aluminum gloss black wheels with beadlock capability, which are the same units the Raptor 37 Package comes equipped with, which will be wrapped with 37-inch tires. Additionally, a set of rock rails have been added for body protection, which is notable because the regular F-150 Raptor comes equipped with cast-aluminum running boards. Exterior color options will include Area 51, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month, along with Avalanche Gray, Azure Gray Metallic Tri-Coat, Code Orange, Iconic Silver, Oxford White, Antimatter Blue, and Agate Black.

The interior of the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will also be quite similar to the cabin of the regular Raptor, but will feature a few slight differences specific to branding. Additionally, a supercharger boost gauge will take the place of the regular Raptor’s turbo boost gauge, which will allow owners to monitor what’s going on with the Raptor R’s piece de resistance – its supercharged Predator powerplant. Engineers are aiming for at least 750 horsepower in this application, but will aim to surpass that mark.

Underneath, the Raptor R – which was developed under the code name “Carnivore” – features the same coil spring suspension setup as the regular Raptor, but with a slightly different tune to accommodate its extra power and weight. The Raptor R also rides on the same platform as the Raptor EcoBoost, too. As Ford Authority previously reported, F-150 Raptor R order banks are scheduled to open this fall, right after the pickup’s debut.

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 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. Shawnski

    Cool truck. Will be hard to buy naturally during the first few years typical of special Ford Performance vehicles as dealers like to gouge. I had a ‘17 Raptor, and actually really liked the drivetrain. A bit too big for my purpose, and now have a Shelby Super Snake Sport F150. 4WD, lowered, Reg cab. Whipple SC 5.0. Easier to park and I don’t do off-road, but it launches like a beast!


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