When we got our first glimpse of the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor, we bet the automaker would continue to use the bold Ford grille. However, new spy photos suggest this may not be the case. A mesh covering the grille seen on the truck in the old spy photos has disappeared in the new shots, revealing a surprisingly modest grille design. It looks like this could be an option on any other version of the F-150.
There were doubts Ford would roll out the next-gen Raptor in 2021, but Ford has confirmed there will be one. The new spy shots come after Ram introduced the TRX, its 702-horsepower (523-kilowatt) Raptor competitor. The TRX sports the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the Dodge SRT Hellcat. The Raptor no longer offers a V8, although that may change with the next-gen pickup.
Anonymous sources claim that the 2021 Raptor will receive motivational aid from a high performance partner – the Mustang Shelby GT500. If the rumors prove to be true, the Raptor will use the GT500’s supercharged 5.2-liter engine that is said to produce between 725 and 750 horsepower (541 to 559 kilowatts). It is below the 760 hp (567 kW) that the mill produces in the Mustang; however, it is more than the TRX, which counts most on paper and on Internet arguments.
Ford mated the Raptor’s powertrains in 2017 to just one – a 450-hp (331 kW) 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that produced more than the 6.2-liter V8. This factory will probably be transferred to the new van. While the TRX is making waves for its bold power, there is the possibility of less powerful models in the future, which would likely lower the price and production to rival what the Ford Raptor is today. We won’t see the next-gen Raptor until early next year, and we’ve crossed our fingers it comes with this rugged V8.