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2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R 5.2L Supercharged V8 Details Revealed: Video

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R was finally revealed earlier this week following months of anticipation, rumors, spy shots, and speculation. One of the worst kept secrets about the F-150 Raptor R, however, was the fact that it’s powered by the supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator powerplant, which produces 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque (with the potential to make much more) in the particular application. However, Ford didn’t reveal too many details about the changes it made to this powerplant over the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, though Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained fills that information gap for us in the video below.

Perhaps the most notable thing about the V8 present in the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is that it shares very little with the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.2L V8 Voodoo powerplant present in the GT350, as Fenske found out while speaking with Ford’s V8 program supervisor, Brian Lizotte, and Ford Performance chief engineer Carl Widmann. In fact, the only components the Raptor R’s version of the 5.2 shares with the Voodoo are its intake and exhaust valves.

As for the Predator present in the GT500 and Raptor R, both engines are based on the same block as the Voodoo, though that unit and the aluminum heads have additional cooling jackets and strengthening for the pan rail structure, cylinder bores, and cylinder heads to handle the powerplant’s additional output. However, whereas Ford chose to focus on high-end power in the GT500 for track use, the purpose of the F-150 Raptor R is to deliver more low-end torque for off-road applications. Regardless, the Raptor R redlines at a fairly lofty 7,000 rpm – just 500 less than the GT500.

As Ford previously mentioned, the F-150 Raptor R utilizes a smaller supercharger pulley to achieve this – 74.5 millimeters compared to 80.1 in the GT500, which makes the supercharger rotors spin faster. Additionally, the pickup has a new intake (which went through nine iterations during the development process), exhaust, and updated fuel injection and ignition timing, which results in the different outputs, as well as a revised power curve when compared to its pony car counterpart.

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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. Brett Turnage

    You made a mistake,

    “the only components the Raptor R’s version of the 5.2 shares with the GT500 are its intake and exhaust valves.”

    The interviewer asked how much does the motor share with the GT350—not the GT500. So it could share more parts as another video the engine engineer said it shares the same long block as the 500.

  2. F-150.Prius

    Sort of a cool thing that Ford spec’d 700hp and didn’t do something like spec it at 707hp or whatever to be “best in class” over the TRX …

    Anyway, my thought is put this in an “ordinary” F-150 and add the Hybrid drive, make it a plug-in, add 30kWh (or more) of battery … have the best of electric and still have a V8 pickup that hauls arse.

  3. Lee Dedini

    Why put engineering into a fuel based engine when we really need to get off fossil fuels, which worsens the greenhouse gas effects. We need to move to electric vehicles quicker.

    1. Gordon B

      Yeah. Because the electricity at the plug is just magically there. To bad everyone pushing EV’s don’t realize that 60% of the electricity produced is from fossil fuels. Not to mention the grid has trouble now. So plugging in a bunch of EV’s shouldn’t be a problem at all. They mandate mpg’s of new ICE vehicles, but don’t set any such requirements for EV’s. Advertising 1000hp EV’s as environmentally friendly is a joke. We need to get to 100% renewable energy 1st. That alone would exponentially reduce greenhouse gases. Getting tired of hearing opinions of clueless sheeolpe (sheep/people).

      1. Gordon B

        Try researching upstream emissions, embodied emissions, and the environmental/ social impacts mining for cobalt to produce an EV battery has. Know all your facts before you jump on board and support something because of a cool commercial you saw of a car wasting electricity doing a tetris light show with a bunch of unnecessary lights in the grill. Not to mention all the unnecessary green lighting at EV charging stations. Sure they are LEDs and draw little power, but still add up and waste electricity and add to the greenhouse gases to produce just the same. And just another draw on an already struggling power grid.

  4. c

    A smaller pulley, better timing, and 66% more cooling means it should make MORE power, not less. I’m guessing that, like every generation of GT500, the power figures are… conssrvative.

  5. James L. Pitney

    Lee Dedini go buy a bicycle or walk

  6. david

    If we were drilling and producing more oil, it would proablably be sold to China, just like 500,000,000 barrels from our federal reserve was.


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