Will it have a V8? Or something else?
Next month, truck fans will receive the answer to the most pressing question on their minds. Will the next-generation 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor come with a V8 engine? Though it didn't seem to hurt sales in the slightest, Ford's decision to exclusively offer the previous Raptor with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 alienated buyers who preferred the original V8 model. In fact, many aftermarket tuners found a market swapping a V8 into the Raptor.
Some rumors predict that the new Raptor will offer two engine options, one of which is expected to be a V8. Prototypes for the new Raptor have been spotted sounding suspiciously V8-powered, but it won't be long until we know for sure. CarBuzz can confirm that the new F-150 Raptor will debut on February 3, 2021.
As of now, we only have spy shots, factory leaks, and rumors to go on, but Ford should reveal full production specs early next month with pricing details to arrive some time later. Expect the finished product to resemble the standard F-150, albeit with a different grille, flared arches, and unique wheels. The recently-revealed F-150 Tremor should act as somewhat of a preview for the new Raptor, just less aggressive and without the added power under the hood.
It still remains a mystery what will power the next-gen Raptor but we suspect Ford will offer another 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, producing more than the 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque ratings found in the previous model.
The most powerful F-150 offered right now is the Power Boost Hybrid with 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. The V8 model is rumored to be the 5.2-liter supercharged Predator engine from the Shelby GT500, producing around 760 hp. This would help Ford surpass the impressive output of the Ram 1500 TRX.
Ford will host a live stream on its YouTube channel starting at 11 am EST for anyone who wants to watch the Raptor reveal happen in real-time. The official reveal information will be available here right at 11 am, February 3. Mark your diaries.