The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is a force to be reckoned with, debuting in July as a supercharged, borderline overkill addition to the iconic F-150 range. As Ford Authority exclusively reported in 2019, an eight-cylinder powerhouse returned to the F-150 Raptor R line for the 2023 model year, harnessing the supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator under the hood. Now that the gritty details about the Raptor R have been unveiled, Ford Authority reckons it’s time to pit it against the regular 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor.
|2023 Ford F-150 Raptor||2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R|
|Base Price + DFC||$77,570||$109,145|
|Powertrain||Twin-Turbocharged 3.5L V6||Supercharged 5.2L V8|
|Transmission||Select-Shift 10-speed automatic||Select-Shift 10-speed automatic|
|Power (hp @ rpm)||450 @ 5,850||700 @ 6,650|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||510 @ 3,000||640 @ 4,250|
|0-60 mph (seconds)||Est. 5.2||-|
|With 35-inch tires||With 37-inch tires||With 37-inch tires|
|Wheelbase (in. / mm)||145.4 / 3,693||145.4 / 3,693||145.4 / 3,693|
|Length (in. / mm)||232.6 / 5,908||232.6 / 5,908||232.6 / 5,908|
|Width w/o mirrors (in. / mm)||86.6 / 2,199||86.6 / 2,199||87.0 / 2,209|
|Width w/mirrors (in. / mm)||96.0 / 2,438||96.0 / 2,438||96.0 / 2,438|
|Height (in. / mm)||79.8 / 2,027||80.7 / 2,050||80.6 / 2,047|
|Max ground clearance (in. / mm)||12 / 304||13.1 / 332.74||13.1 / 332.74|
|Front overhang (in. / mm)||37.0 / 940||37.0 / 940||-|
|Rear overhang (in. / mm)||50.2 / 1,275||50.2 / 1,275||-|
|Bed length (ft. / m)||5'5" / 1.65||5'5" / 1.65||-|
|Approach angle (deg.)||31||33.1||33.1|
|Departure angle (deg.)||23.9||24.9||24.9|
|Breakover angle (deg.)||22.7||24.4||24.4|
|Climbing angle (deg.)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Wall climb (in.)||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Water fording depth (in. / mm)||32.0 / 813||32.0 / 813||32.0 / 813|
|Track width front (in. / mm)||74.0 / 1,880||74.3 / 1,887||74.3 / 1,887|
|Track width rear (in. / mm)||73.6 / 1,869||73.9 / 1,877||73.9 / 1,877|
|Turning circle 35-in. tires (ft. / m)||48.0 / 14.6||-||-|
|Turning circle 37-in. tires (ft. / m)||-||50 / 15.2||50 / 15.2|
|Suspension travel front (in. / mm)||14.0 / 356||13.0 / 356||-|
|Suspension travel front (in. / mm)||15.0 / 381||14.1 / 358||-|
Before delving any further, as a reminder, the “regular” 2023 Ford Raptor starts at $77,570, with a set of 35-inch tires as standard. Opting for the Raptor 37 Tire Performance Package adds $5,250 to the price of the pickup, bringing it to $82,820. The range-topping 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R, meanwhile, starts at a cool $109,145.
Now, it’s interesting to note that the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor with the 37 Tire Performance upgrade is quite similar to the Ford F-150 Raptor R in terms of dimensions. They have exactly the same wheelbase of 145.4 inches, and are both exactly 232.6 inches long bumper-to-bumper. However, the regular F-150 Raptor on 37s is slightly narrower than the Raptor R, but is .01 inch taller than its more aggressive counterpart. Both trucks boast the same 33.1-degree approach angle and 24.9-inch departure angle.
Of course, the most significant difference between the Raptor and the Raptor R is the engine strapped under the hood. The “regular” Raptor features the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine, which produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The Raptor R, meanwhile, snarls to the tune of 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, thanks to its 5.2L V8 Predator powerhouse. However, both trucks are united by the 10-speed automatic transmission that makes sure all that power meets the road.
With all that in mind, it’s certainly more cost effective to opt for the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor with the 37 Tire Performance Package, since its exterior dimensions are almost identical to that of the range-topping 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R and is over $26,000 less expensive. It simply depends on how much power a customer would like under the hood of their performance pickup truck, and how fast they really want to go.