New Ford F-150 Raptor To Ditch Unpopular Bodystyle

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A close read of a leaked VIN decoding sheet reveals no mention of a Raptor SuperCab for 2021.

As Ford brings out a brand new version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck for 2021, the hardcore F-150 Raptor off-roader might shed one of its two configurations, foregoing the SuperCab and leaving just the four-door SuperCrew as an option.

That's according to MotorTrend, which took a peak at a 2021 Ford F-150 VIN decoder and found it to have a line item for the 2021 F-150 SuperCrew, but not one for the half-door SuperCab. The outlet notes that Ford itself appears to list every conceivable truck configuration - including 2WD and 4WD versions of the Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew F-150s, and the SuperCrew F-150 Raptor - yet includes no mention of a Raptor SuperCab.


In its sales reports, Ford doesn't break out F-150 Raptor sales figures by configuration, but anecdotally, at least, the SuperCrew appears to be far more popular than the SuperCab. It's perfectly likely that the Raptor SuperCab take-rate was so low Ford saw no reason to carry that configuration forth into the all-new generation.

Happily, though, it doesn't appear there will be any gap between the launch of the fourteenth-generation truck and the start of availability for the new F-150 Raptor. That's unlike the current thirteenth-generation, where the Raptor landed a full two years later than the rest of the Ford F-150 lineup. Then again, changes are expected to be quite mild, with Ford focusing instead on refreshing the F-150 just enough to keep competitive with the Ram 1500, and on rolling out new hybrid and pure-electric models.

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There's another notable detail MotorTrend picked up on within the 2021 F-150 VIN decoder, too: power and torque aren't listed for the full-size truck's 3.0L turbo-diesel. This suggests that Ford could be fiddling with the engine to give it more horsepower and torque, and doesn't have verified figures yet. At present, the F-150 Power Stroke's 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft is utterly outgunned by the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's 260 hp/480 lb-ft and the Chevrolet Silverado Duramax's 277 hp/460 lb-ft.

Of course, don't expect that 3.0L Power Stroke to go anywhere near the 2021 F-150 Raptor; that truck is perfectly content with its potent 450-horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. And so are we.

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Source Credits: MotorTrend

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