We got our first glimpse of the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor just a few days ago. A lengthy video showed the truck from all sides, but there was some debate whether its engine sounded like a V6 or a V8. Now we have a new video that supports the V8 team, but more importantly we have reliable sources telling us that yes, the power of the V8 will return to the Ford off-roader. It’s not just any V8 either – more on that in a moment.
First, let’s talk about the video above. It only lasts 14 seconds and the sound is muted, so it’s not a definitive gun for the V8 argument. Listening closely, we think there is a low rumble that would suit a V8. It’s possible that some exhaust tuning could have an EcoBoost V6 arguing lower in the acoustic range, but we also don’t hear a clear hiss from the turbocharger. Automakers can cover up engine noises as well as body panels, but this truck still looks more like a muted V8.
This time, the spy video and the set of photos come to us with some tantalizing information. Anonymous sources say Ford will definitely take on the Hellcat-powered Ram TRX with its new Raptor. To accomplish this, the company would equip the truck with the same 5.2-liter supercharged V8 as that of the Mustang Shelby GT500. These sources say the engine will produce somewhere between 725 and 750 horsepower (541 to 559 kilowatts). That’s a little less than the Shelby’s 760 hp (567 kW), but it’s more than what Ram offers in the new TRX. We believe that was Ford’s goal from the start.
Engine aside, the next Raptor will ride on the new coil-spring suspension setup. Of course, it will polish the new styling of the new F-150 for 2021 and feature Raptor-specific elements like the bold FORD grille. It should also be inundated with off-road tech, possibly borrowing some of the features included with the new Bronco.
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The current word for a Raptor debut is early 2021. If that timeline is true, it could go on sale for the 2021 or 2022 model year.