The Blue Oval pulled the veil off the aggressive 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R back in July of this year, adding a formidable supercharged V8 engine to the F-Series line of pickups. Now, as the critically praised Raptor R makes it way to dealers, one question remained unanswered: just what percentage of Raptor models will wear the prestigious “R” badge? Ford Authority set out to get the answer, and sources have indicated that Raptor R production will represent a minority of total Raptor line production.
According to sources familiar matter, 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R production will account for just about 30 percent of total Raptor production. In other words, the Raptor R will likely be difficult to come by, considering that it will account for less than one-third of total 2023 F-150 Raptor models built. At the moment, it is unclear if things will change for 2024 and beyond.
The good news is that customers interested in the high-performance F-150 Raptor line will have plenty of opportunity to snag a “regular” Raptor model, relatively speaking. In fact, the two vehicles are not that much different when it comes to exterior dimensions or overall curb weight, but the true distinction lies within the guts of each pickup. The 2023 Ford F-150 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, harnesses 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, thanks to its supercharged 5.2L V8 Predator powerhouse.
From an aesthetic standpoint, the Raptor R features unique graphics and exterior design touches over its “regular” Raptor counterpart. The Raptor R features the unique “R” badging, which can be found on grille, hood vent and tailgate applique. Its accents are blacked out instead of chrome, which is found on the “regular” F-150 variants, and also features Code Orange tow hooks for a splash of color on the front end.