Ford F-150 Raptor R Looks Ready To Battle The Ram 1500 TRX

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It will be the quickest F-150 yet.

The Ford F-150 Raptor R is on its way next year. While the new V6-engined F-150 Raptor is more truck than most will need, it still falls short of the theatrics and power encapsulated in the Ram 1500 TRX. The V8-powered Raptor R is set to change all this. Spied a week or so ago and boasting a pleasingly throaty exhaust note, the Raptor R still hasn't been seen in full as shots of it have remained concealed by camouflage wrapping. So we decided to envision what the most aggressive F-150 could look like when it arrives in North America. This won't be a cheap truck, though, based on recently leaked pricing for the V6 Raptor.

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The latest F-150 pickup is an excellent base for a hardcore off-roader. It has distinctive yet evolutionary lines. With the Raptor R, Ford has the chance to create something special. In the render, our Raptor R has a similar FORD grille as found on the new Raptor but is set apart by more aggressively slanted headlight clusters that lean inwards. These are complemented by a massive hood scoop that gives the truck a get-out-of-my-way appearance but which can also have functional benefits for helping to keep that big V8 cool. There is a new lower bumper section and a similar skid plate as found on the Raptor V6.

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Along the sides, there are slimmer, racier wing mirrors and the same chunky rubber. On the V6 Raptor, tires measuring up to 37 inches can be equipped. Of course, it's hard not to notice the Raptor R's bold paint job. It's finished in white with dual central racing stripes in blue, in a nod to the 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R - the most expensive Mustang in the world. This would be a great touch for the Raptor R which is expected to be powered by the same 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine in the Mustang Shelby GT500. It produces a monstrous 760 horsepower in that car, although the Raptor R could use a slightly detuned version of the same power plant. We're sure you're just as excited as we are for Ford's TRX killer.

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