Ford apparent a new bearing of its top-selling F-150 auto barter in June, and there’s a Raptor alternative cat-and-mouse in the wings.
The acceptable account is the delay won’t be a continued one as Ford has accepted the new F-150 Raptor will access as a 2021 model, aloof like the new F-150 on which it’s based. As for what it will attending like, a afresh spotted ancestor provides a few clues.
While it’s a accustomed we’ll see an advancing advanced fascia and grille, forth with a different tailgate, the ancestor reveals the new wide-body architecture that’s coming. It’s apparent by the pumped fenders and beefy ancillary steps.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
You’ll agenda the rear abeyance is heavily camouflaged. According to our photographer, there’s a new braid bounce bureaucracy at the rear instead of the accepted model’s blade springs. The braid bounce bureaucracy should advance the dynamics admitting it charcoal to be apparent if there are any setbacks in amount accustomed capacity.
Another account of the braid springs agency tighter packaging for the bankrupt system. On the accepted F-150 Raptor, the bankrupt needs to bead bottomward to bright the blade springs, admitting on this ancestor the brim charcoal high, consistent in bigger all-embracing arena clearance.
The glimpses of orange at the advanced abeyance suggests Ford will abide with the electronically controlled Fox shock absorbers that were added to the 2019 F-150 Raptor. Called Live Valve, the shocks await on sensors in the abeyance and anatomy and continuously acclimatize damping in real-time to clothing the conditions. The sensors alike actuate if the barter is airborne, in which case the damper ambience is set to abounding acerbity to advice bland things out as the barter lands.
2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
It isn’t bright what affairs Ford has for the powertrain. A acceptable advantage is an added adaptation of the accepted model’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. What you can calculation on is added than the accepted model’s 450 horsepower. We should additionally see a 10-speed auto abide the sole transmission.
It additionally isn’t bright if Ford will bang up the pricing. The Raptor’s appraisement has crept up with anniversary redesign and amend and currently starts at the mid-$55,000 bracket.
There’s additionally the little affair of the Ram Rebel TRX (Get it? T-Rex > Raptor) advancing for 2021. It’s advancing with the Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, an agent acceptable for added than 700 hp. The auto accoutrements chase doesn’t sleep, and there accept been murmurs from Dearborn that the 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 from the 760-hp Mustang Shelby GT500 may arise in the Raptor ancestors at some point.