New Ford Raptor Will Be Even More Limited Than Ever

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At least in its configurations.

We've known for several weeks now that, more than likely, the next-generation Ford F-150 Raptor will be offered with two engines. The reason? A direct response to the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX. For the upcoming 2021 Raptor, it looks like Ford will install the supercharged 5.2-liter "Predator" V8 that powers the Mustang Shelby GT500 where it produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. That'll surely be enough to directly tackle the TRX's 702 hp and 650 lb-ft.

The "base" Raptor engine could very well either be an updated version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 High Output or the same 3.5-liter PowerBoost V6 found in the 2021 F-150 Hybrid. Aside from engines, little to nothing has been mentioned about the next Raptor's cab configuration.

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F150gen14/YouTube

Currently, it's offered in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, but this could change. Ford Authority claims the next Raptor will be offered as only a SuperCrew, meaning it'll have four full-size doors. The report does not indicate where this information originally came from, such as from an anonymous Ford official. If it's true, Ford's reasoning could simply boil down to sales of the outgoing truck.

The SuperCrew configuration offers buyers greater interior cargo space as well as the ability to be a better all-around family vehicle. We don't have a breakdown as to how many SuperCab versus SuperCrew current-gen Raptors have been sold, but we wouldn't be surprised to learn the latter has been more popular.

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If so, this could help explain this latest rumor. We also don't know exactly when the new Raptor will officially debut. There have been past reports claiming it'll be a 2021 model, but since we're already in mid-to-late October, the clock is ticking fast. If Ford doesn't debut something soon, expect the next Raptor to be a 2022 model. This would make sense because the regular F-150 lineup has just begun production and the factories are still recovering from the forced shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In other words, priority is on the non-F-150 Raptors at the moment. But rest assured as an all-new and all-powerful Raptor isn't too far away.

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Source Credits: Ford Authority

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