Is the new Raptor rocking a V6 or a V8?
Now that the next-generation Ford F-150 has arrived, the wait for the all-new hardcore Raptor version has begun. Ford is facing some stiff competition from the Ram 1500 TRX, so expectations for the new Raptor are extremely high. The new F-150 Raptor is expected to launch for the 2021 model year, but thanks to a new spy video we've been given an early look at the new high-performance pickup.
The guys at TFL Truck spotted a camouflaged Raptor roaming the streets. Seizing the opportunity, they turned on their video camera and followed the prototype. Ford hasn't announced which powerplant the new Raptor will use, but this new spy video gives us a few clues.
At one point, the pickup stops at a traffic light, allowing us to hear the new Raptor roar as it aggressively accelerates for the camera. Reports have claimed Ford's high-performance pickup will be offered with a V6 and a V8. To our ears, the prototype sounds like it's powered by a V6 as it lacks the grunt of a V8. This is most likely an updated version of the current Raptor's 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with an electric hybrid system. For the first time, the current F-150 is also offered with a hybrid setup producing 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque, but we expect Ford will increase the output to around 500 hp in the Raptor.
Ford is also reportedly developing a new Raptor range-topper in response to the Ram 1500 TRX that uses the same 5.2-liter V8 as the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 detuned to produce around 725 to 750 hp.
This would make the new Raptor more powerful than the Ram 1500 TRX, which generates 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque from a 6.2-liter supercharged V8.
The prototype is fully camouflaged, but Ford can't hide the flared fenders, wider stance, and chunky all-terrain tires that confirm we're looking at the new Raptor. We don't get a clear view of the front bumper, but the LED headlights appear to have carried over from the standard F-150. Even the rear suspension is covered up, but TFL Truck believes the prototype is sporting a coil-spring rear suspension setup. The production model could also utilize Fox 3.0 active shocks. With deliveries of the Ram 1500 TRX starting before the end of the year, we shouldn't have to wait too much longer for the new Raptor to break cover.