Ford of Mexico has undergone some major changes in recent months, having been chosen as one of three sites to host a new Global Technology and Business Center, becoming a regional engineering hub, and serving as a pillar for sustainability. In the meantime, FoMoCo has also launched a number of new vehicles in Mexico recently, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Now, the automaker has announced that its lineup is expanding yet again, with the addition of the 2023 Ford Lobo Raptor R – Mexico’s version of the recently-revealed 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R.
As Ford Authority previously reported, the Ford F-150 is called “Lobo” in Mexico, which translates to “Wolf.” The decision to call the pickup Lobo happened way back in the 1990s, when sales of the model weren’t great, and Ford wanted to give it a more masculine name that would prove appealing to younger truck shoppers. Thus, that country’s version of the F-150 Raptor R will be dubbed the 2023 Ford Lobo Raptor R, though most everything else remains the same.
In fact, the 2023 Ford Lobo Raptor R is identical to the F-150 Raptor R in every conceivable way. That means it’s powered by the supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator powerplant that produces 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, an engine that’s mated to a fortified version of the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The truck’s other mechanicals have received a bit of tweaking as well to help handle that extra power, including the addition of a beefier front axle and a bigger driveshaft, and a five percent increase in the front spring rate, while standard 37-inch tires, a larger power dome hood, and “R” badging throughout give it a beefy look as well. Like its American counterpart, the Lobo Raptor R is also available in eight exterior colors, while deliveries are expected to begin in Q4 of 2022.