The Ford F-150 Raptor R debuted for the 2023 model year to much hype, as one would expect from the highly-anticipated, years-long wait for the return of V8 power to FoMoCo’s muscular off-road-focused pickup. That engine is not naturally-aspirated or an otherwise tame V8 either, but rather, a slightly revised version of the supercharged 5.2L V8 Predator powerplant used in the S550-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. While this engine cranked out 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque in that pony car, the 2023 Raptor R “gets by” with 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet – less than the Ram TRX’s 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet, even though it beat its chief rival in many comparison tests. Now, however, with the arrival of the refreshed F-150 lineup, it seems as if the 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R is getting a bit of a boost in that regard, too.
The 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R will generate 720 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, which represents an increase of 20 horsepower over the outgoing model. This jump was achieved via “reduced air inlet losses coupled with an optimized calibration that also results in a wider torque curve,” according to Ford, and notably, this gives it more horsepower than the TRX – though that model is going away after the 2024 model year, and may instead be sold with the twin-turbocharged Hurricane I-6 moving forward.
This isn’t the only update the 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R is getting for the new model year, however. Along with the regular F-150 Raptor, the refreshed pickup features a new modular front bumper that’s accessory-capable, an optional light bar, removed bumper end caps for models with 37-inch tires, standard forged tow hooks, a wide blackout grille, new headlamps, Shelter Green as a paint option, new graphics, and a larger power dome hood.
Underneath, the 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor lineup comes with new Fox dual live-valve shocks with position-sensitive compression control and continuously variable rebound controls, which enhance off-road capability even further thanks to the fact that these units can adapt damping to match body control to the off-road environment via Ford Performance-developed off-road algorithms. However, some F-150 Raptor configurations still offer the carry-over live valve shocks, according to the automaker.