The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R just launched in the U.S. a couple of months ago, and has thus far racked up nothing but glowing reviews from those that have driven it – not to mention beating out its chief (sole?) rival, the Ram TRX, in a comparison test. Regardless, total production of the Raptor R will only represent around 30 percent of total Raptor production, which promises to make it a rather rare beast, indeed. However, it isn’t just Americans who will get the chance to own one of these muscular, off-road pickups, as the 2023 Ford Lobo Raptor R has now launched in Mexico, too.
“Lobo” – which means “wolf” in Spanish – has long served as an alternative moniker for the F-150 in Mexico, as Ford renamed its venerable pickup there back in the 1990s amid slow sales. The name was intended to better appeal to young truck buyers, and it clearly worked, as it has stuck around for decades at this point across the entire lineup, including the Tremor – save for XL-trimmed trucks, which are still referred to as the F-150.
As for the 2023 Ford Lobo Raptor R, it’s essentially identical to its American counterpart, as one might imagine. That means that it’s powered by a supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 (a modified version of the Predator powerplant in the Mustang Shelby GT500) that cranks out 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, which flows to all four wheels and a set of meaty 37-inch tires via a beefed-up version of the automaker’s 10-speed automatic. Underneath, a host of upgrades including Fox Active Live Valve shocks help it conquer all sorts of surfaces.
The Lobo Raptor R is available at select dealers in Mexico now, with a price tag of $2,551,900, or around $136,073 USD at current exchange rates.