Ford surfed the downsizing beachcomber across-the-board beyond the industry aback it put a twin-turbocharged V6 beneath the awning of the second-generation F-150 Raptor launched for 2017. It’s allegedly about to abandon by absolution the third-generation archetypal with a massive, 700-plus-horsepower V8 adopted from the Mustang GT500.
Tentatively due out for the 2021 archetypal year, the hotly-anticipated Raptor will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 supercharged to accomplish anywhere amid 725 and 750 horsepower, according to an bearding antecedent at Ford who batten to a “well-sourced informant” who batten to The Drive. That’s a arresting access over the approachable truck, whose 3.5-liter six delivers 450 horses, and a slight bead compared to the GT500, which puts 760 application beneath the driver’s appropriate foot.
It’s reasonable to accept the Raptor will afresh avowal a absolute account of abeyance upgrades, a set of able-bodied tires, and a model-specific design. Ford absolutely isn’t about to accent it down. Whether buyers are ambitious supercar-like ability is a arguable point, because the firm’s capital antecedence is one-upping the battling Ram TRX.
“Honestly, we had to adverse Ram already we knew it installed the Hellcat in the TRX,” an cabal told The Drive. As the advertisement acicular out, contempo spy shots advance the Blue Oval will additionally install braid springs in the back.
Inttroduced canicule ago, the Ram 1500 TRX stands appreciative as the Raptor’s aboriginal absolute rival. It’s based on the Ram 1500, and it receives a 702-horsepower alternative of the supercharged, 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 begin in a growing cardinal of cars. Response to the barter has been overwhelmingly positive; Ram awash the 702 units of the Barrage Edition archetypal priced at $90,265 in alone three hours. Ford’s new V8-powered Raptor will acceptable be aloof as successful.
Official capacity about the abutting Raptor are few and far between. It will be based on the 14th-generation F-150, and rumors claiming it will afresh action a V8 accept been bouncing about Dearborn for several months. Ford has been quiet about the truck; it accepted the nameplate will return, and it told us it will allotment added “at a after date.”
We’re analytical to acquisition out what aftereffect the GT500’s V8 will accept on pricing, which currently starts at $55,150 including a binding $1,695 destination charge. For context, Ram’s starting amount is $71,690 for the TRX, including the aforementioned destination charge. Could the added cylinders bang the Raptor’s amount aloft the $70,000 threshold? It’s not unfeasible, admitting Ford would accident alienating customers. Another achievability (and one that’s absolutely speculative) is that there ability be cheaper, beneath able alternative of the abutting Raptor priced in the around of $55,000. Ram hinted it hasn’t disqualified out carrying a TRX with a naturally-aspirated engine, admitting it won’t be offered at launch.
Or, could Ford move the Raptor upmarket and ample the abandoned with the abutting Ranger Raptor? It’s not impossible, either, abnormally because rumors affirmation the barter will assuredly access on American shores in the advancing years.
What’s assertive is that, if the 1960s were the aureate age of the beef car, it looks like the 2020s are the beef truck’s time to shine. What charcoal to be apparent is what — if annihilation — General Motors will coat assimilate the ring.