This is how we've always wanted the Raptor to sound.
The new Ford F-150 Raptor was one of the big reveals of the year so far with its comprehensive suspension modifications making it the most capable F-150 yet. However, even though its EcoBoost V6 engine is powerful and has been engineered to sound more aggressive, nothing can quite replace the roar of a V8 engine. Fortunately, the V8-engined F-150 Raptor R is on the way and it's this model that will truly challenge the Ram 1500 TRX. A new spy video of the Raptor R has emerged, giving us the chance to listen to its V8 engine note clearly for the first time.
Even though the camouflaged test truck was only filmed pulling away at a sedate pace, there's no mistaking that there's a powerful V8 beneath the hood. Although still unconfirmed, rumors suggest that the Raptor R will likely be equipped with the same 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that motivates the Mustang Shelby GT500. In that car, the V8 generates 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. The Raptor R may receive a detuned version of this engine but anything over 700 hp will make it competitive with the TRX, which produces 702 hp. We expect the Raptor R to look just as aggressive as the Raptor with additions like a unique FORD grille and broader fenders.
The spy video doesn't give away much and shows a similar dual tailpipe setup as seen on the Raptor V6. The regular Raptor has 24-inch coil springs, lengthened trailing arms, FOX shocks, and chunkier rubber. Customers can order 37-inch tires for the Raptor which affords the truck over 13 inches of ground clearance. It's one of the best off-road trucks anywhere. The Raptor R should receive these and other suspension mods of its own, while the video indicates a 10-speed auto will be used. The Raptor R could also improve on the Raptor's 8,200-pound towing capacity thanks to its extra power. Expect the Raptor R to appear in showrooms sometime in 2022.