2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Isn't As Powerful As We Thought

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This explains why Ford never shared the truck's outputs when it was revealed.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was revealed earlier this year with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, leaving the V8 powerplant for the upcoming F-150 Raptor R. At the time, Ford didn't reveal the power outputs of the EcoBoost V6 engine in the Raptor but we now have more information about what those outputs will be and, to be honest, the news is rather disappointing. It seems as though the new F-150 Raptor has exactly the same outputs of 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque as the outgoing, previous-generation Raptor. Has Ford done this to make sure that there is a clear gap between the Raptor and the new Raptor R?

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The information was discovered in a new Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guide. In it, all the 2021 F-150 powertrains are listed. No other existing F-150 has the exact outputs of 450 hp/510 lb-ft which is why it seems like a safe bet that these numbers apply to the new F-150 Raptor. Alongside these outputs, a maximum towing figure for this EcoBoost V6 is listed as 8,200 pounds - that's exactly the same number that Ford quoted for the new Raptor's towing capacity back in February, further proof that the new Raptor V6 hasn't received increased outputs. It would also explain why Ford held back on this information when the new Raptor was unveiled.

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There is a small difference between the new Raptor and the old one, though. Peak torque now comes in at 3,000 rpm, 500 rpm lower than before. However, peak power is produced at a higher 5,850 rpm. Of course, none of this means that the new F-150 Raptor is a slow truck. The previous model could launch itself to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds so we expect similar performance from the new one. It's nothing to touch the speedy Ram 1500 TRX but, of course, the Raptor R will provide a more balanced comparison when it arrives.

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