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Ford F-150 Raptor R, Ranger Code Names Revealed

With the upcoming official reveal of the Ford F-150 Raptor R and the impending release of the Ford Ranger Raptor on the horizon, there’s a fair amount of information circulating about the two trucks. We know that the F-150 Raptor R will offer the Area 51 exterior paint color, and were recently lucky enough to snap some photos of one undergoing testing without camouflage shortly after new details were revealed. The Ford Ranger Raptor was revealed in February, but has thus far been a elusive, considering that its launch in Australia was delayed due to supplier issues. However, Ford Authority has learned new details about both trucks – specifically, their codenames.

According to Ford Authority sources, the Ford F-150 Raptor R was tagged with the codename “Carnivore.” That callsign is perfect for the mean-sounding, aggressive truck, especially considering the meat-eating dinosaur it’s named for. The F-150 Raptor R will eat up the road with the help of the Ford 5.2L V8 Predator engine, which, again, is perfectly embodied by the Carnivore codename.

Ford Authority sources also revealed that the Ford Ranger Raptor was codenamed “Redback.” A redback is a venomous spider found in Australia. This is fitting, especially since Ford’s Australian development team was responsible for the Ranger Raptor project. The high-performance truck draws motivation from the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 EcoBoost engine, tuned to deliver 392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.

Clearly, the Blue Oval has an affinity for codenaming its vehicles after animals with aggressive reputations. A few months ago, sources revealed that the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor project was confirmed as codename “Warthog,” continuing the trend.

Customers interested in securing a Ford F-150 Raptor R will have the opportunity to do so in the fall of 2022, which is when the order books for the high-performance truck are expected to open. Shortly thereafter, the Ford Ranger Raptor will arrive at U.S. dealers next year.

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

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Brad Barefoot

    All we hear out of Ford is Raptor “this or that” … Ford face the facts a Raptor based vehicle with gas hovering around the $5 mark on the East Coast and $10 on the West Coast … maybe you’d better be looking at a Regular Cab 6 foot box Maverick … and make this change early, I watched several of the cargo box (tonneau) covers that have all one thing in common, they will leak around the back window. Do away with the plastic cladding where a reguar hard fiberglass cover could be used and be leak free. You lost me on the Maverick on this issue, you didn’t lose my business, am ordering a “23 XLT passenger wagon instead. But beat this problem now about the leakage, and dump high performance vehicles until Brandon gets his head on straight and reopens oil an nat/gas wells to get the cost of fuel down. Radio host Neil Boortz always said … “Somebody’s Gotta Say It” … you need to listen.

  2. Wes Martin

    I have a 2010 6.2 raptor and I’m closing in on 500,000 mile all I did was the normal maintenance synthetic oil and tune ups when needed, been waiting patiently for the raptor R

  3. Kenny D

    Pretty Comical here. No Chips, Windshield Wiper’s literally Flying OFF the Truck’s/Expeditions, Some of the Later actually Catching on FIRE, In California It’ll cost $210.00 + to Fill it up each time, (Thanks JOEY….) You Did Do That!!!! If ya get Gas Weekly??? That’s Nearing $1000.00 Per “MONTH” for Fuel alone, Ya That’s $12,000.00 A YEAR!!! Thanks AGAIN J O E Y!!!! Raptor This, Raptor That. I got something for ya to “WRAP”, a 2022 F-150 that’s Growing Mold In A Basket on Someones Desk every WEEK, with No News from the Ordering/Selling DEALER. I e mailed the Sales “Consultant” LAST WEEK….. Ain’t heard SQUAT From the Corn Sport???? GMC for those that would even consider it???? They are Marking up their Trucks Just Like FORD. 10K+ Over MSRP???? FORGETABOUTIT!!! They can “RUST” IN HELL!!!! And that won’t be hard since they can’t Cover the Bare Metal with PAINT??????


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