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Old 08-22-2020, 05:17 AM   #1
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Default Next-Gen Ford F-150 Raptor Will Get Supercharged 5.2L Predator V8




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Last June, Ford Authority was the first to report that the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor would be making a return to V8 power. Fordís off-road focused pickup has carried on with The Blue Ovalís 3.5L EcoBoost V6 throughout its second generation, and has done quite well without the benefit of eight cylinders. Regardless, it looks like the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor will indeed offer buyers the most powerful V8 currently in FoMoCoís lineup.



Ford Authority has learned that the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor will in fact be getting Fordís 5.2L Predator V8, the same engine thatís currently found in the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. However, it will produce slightly less power than it does in The Blue Ovalís range-topping Mustang Ė between 725 and 750 horsepower, compared to the GT500ís 760 horsepower rating.

Fordís intentions with the Predator-powered Raptor are very clear Ė to beat the new 2021 Ram TRX, which was just revealed earlier this week. The TRX comes equipped with Fiat-Chryslerís 6.2L Hemi V8, which produces 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. FCA calls the TRX the ďquickest and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world,Ē with a claimed 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds at 108 mph.

Earlier this month, we spied a next-gen Ford Raptor prototype in advanced stages of development. That prototype utilized a coil spring rear suspension setup in lieu of the current Raptorís leaf springs, and the truckís Fox shocks were moved ahead of the rear axle. Itís worth noting that the Ram TRX features a five-link coil suspension, which provides superior articulation over a traditional leaf spring setup.


Itís currently unclear whether the all-new, third-generation Ford F-150 Raptor will come to market for the 2021 or 2022 model years. Itís possible that the vehicle will actually launch toward the end of the 2021 model year, but with very limited availability.



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Old 08-22-2020, 04:44 PM   #2
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Take that, TRX. And if it comes available with a version of the GT500's transmission, lower that bad boy to make a SVT LightningRaptor! (Especially coupled with the supposed change to multi-link rear suspension)
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Old 08-22-2020, 07:29 PM   #3
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Take that, TRX. And if it comes available with a version of the GT500's transmission, lower that bad boy to make a SVT LightningRaptor! (Especially coupled with the supposed change to multi-link rear suspension)
Yeah, I've wondered why this was an ignored market. How can a sporty truck be an even more niche market that these "off roaders" that never leave the road?

I'd rather have a AWD/4WD street performer than something monster that won't fit in a garage and has 4 feet of ground clearance.
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Old 08-22-2020, 07:36 PM   #4
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Awesome. I'm on the list for a TRX. My guess I this one won't be available until a year after the TRX is released. I'll be on the list for this one as well.
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Old 08-23-2020, 02:06 PM   #6
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Long live competition!

A linked rear and a beefed up V8 should make all the Ford enthusiasts happy.
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Take that, TRX. And if it comes available with a version of the GT500's transmission, lower that bad boy to make a SVT LightningRaptor! (Especially coupled with the supposed change to multi-link rear suspension)
Paddle shifts that are worth a damn! Should be a fun and rather pointless truck. This truck so going to be so ridiculously expensive as well.
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Old 01-07-2021, 08:25 AM   #8
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When it arrives, the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor is expected to engage in a power and speed war with the Ram 1500 TRX that is unprecedented when it comes to gas-powered trucks. For now, the 1500 TRX is the undisputed king, having left the current F-150 Raptor for dead in a recent drag race. Rumors suggest that the new F-150 Raptor will offer both a twin-turbo V6 and a supercharged V8 from the Mustang Shelby GT500. In a brand new spy video, it appears that we're looking at the V8-engined F-150 Raptor. We've heard the new F-150 Raptor before in another spy video, but that version sounded more like a V6.
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Old 01-07-2021, 11:37 AM   #9
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Ha ha ha. The domestics and their penis envy. I was actually just reading a C&D comparison last week of the TRX vs Raptor (TRX is their pick) and thinking that it would only be a matter of time until Ford responded. Driving a 500 hp SUV I have the awareness to know this may sound hypocritical but do were really need 700 hp pickup trucks?
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And the "Super Raptor" will get a boosted Hi-po version of the "Godzilla" 7.3 V8 after the TRX gets another power bump to 800+ hp.
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I like where this market is going.
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TRX gets single digit fuel economy when you get get happy with the pedal. I can only imagine the raptor also being a thirsty bitch. Gonna be a solid pass for me.
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Me too lol! I have a TRX on order. Should be here soon, but canít wait to see how Ford responds.
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Old 01-08-2021, 02:32 PM   #14
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TRX gets single digit fuel economy when you get get happy with the pedal. I can only imagine the raptor also being a thirsty bitch. Gonna be a solid pass for me.
If I average double digit fuel economy with my daily (and the last one) I rejoice.
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Old 02-03-2021, 08:05 AM   #15
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Today At 11:00 AM ET |

The clock is ticking for Fordís new F-150 Raptor that will be revealed during a special reveal event today, which you can watch right here live at 11:00 AM ET (8:00 AM PT).

The new generation of the F-150 Raptor is eagerly expected as itís going to feature great improvements over the outgoing model.

Our spy shots of camouflaged test vehicles revealed that Ford is going to replace the rear leaf setup with coil springs, which in turn will allow for better control and a more comfortable ride. The new rear setup is also going to include a new brace for the rear axle as one of the many Raptor-specific enhancements in the chassis.

Read More: New Ford F-150 Raptor To Debut On February 3, Might Pack A Predator V8

The all-new third-generation F-150 Raptor is comingÖ

See for yourself 2/3/21. #FordRaptor pic.twitter.com/SlosVo2oVt

ó Ford Trucks (@FordTrucks) January 29, 2021

Under the bonnet of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, we expect to find a slightly revised version of the 3.5-liter V6 Ecoboost engine hooked up to the Blue Ovalís ever-present 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine could be tuned to produce a bit more power than the 450 HP on offer in the outgoing model.

One more thing weíre eagerly awaiting to see is if the V8 rumors are true. Ever since RAM came out with the 702 HP 1500 TRX that cheekily sports an engraving of a T. Rex eating a Raptor, thereís been talk about Ford planning an even high-performance Raptor R model wearing either the same or a slightly de-tuned version of the 760 HP supercharged ĎPredatorí V8 found in the Mustang Shelby GT500.

The interior of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will benefit from all the latest features that debuted in the regular F-150, including the larger 12-inch infotainment system and the configurable digital instrument cluster. Raptor-specific trim options, as well as special driving modes, are a given.
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Weíve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor for months, and now, weíre only hours away from the truckís official reveal after Ford released a pretty revealing teaser video earlier this week. Itís a pretty safe bet that a lot of people will want to watch the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor reveal as itís happening, so weíre here to make that process incredibly easy.

Blue Oval fans will be able to watch the 2021 F-150 Raptor reveal live on February 3rd, 2021, at 11 am EST via the video embedded below, so be sure and bookmark this page and come back in time to catch all the action live.

The new Raptorís reveal will certainly be must-see TV given what we already know about the third-generation off-roader. Based on the all-new 14th generation 2021 Ford F-150, the next-gen Raptor will obviously feature many of the same goodies the new F-150 has to offer, including a heavily revised interior.

But perhaps the most exciting thing about the 2021 Raptor is the fact that it will once again be available with a V8, as Ford Authority exclusively reported back in 2019. As we reported last August, the rugged off-road pickup will in fact be the recipient of a slightly detuned version of the Ford 5.2L Predator V8 used in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, producing somewhere between 725 and 750 horsepower. The only question is, will we see this V8-powered Raptor tomorrow, or later down the road?


Regardless, the next-gen Raptor will also be available with a modified version of Fordís 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which is the sole powerplant offered in the current-gen Raptor. However, itís the V8 version thatís bound to attract the most attention from enthusiasts.


There are many other new features present in the 2021 F-150 Raptor besides its revised powerplant lineup, of course, as weíve seen on various prototypes in recent months. They include some cool off-road tech features and a new coil-spring rear suspension setup.
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The Raptor is back, but it doesn't have a V-8...yet.

On Wednesday, the Blue Oval unveiled the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor with a high-output version of Ford's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6.

Power figures haven't been announced, but they won't be enough to take on the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. However, good things will come to those who wait.

Ford spokesperson Dawn Mckenzie told Motor Authority the Ford F-150 Raptor R coming in 2022 will have a V-8 under its hood.

McKenzie wouldn't comment on which V-8 or whether it be turbocharged, supercharged, or naturally aspirated. All signs point to a supercharged V-8.

Ford could easily supercharge the 5.0-liter V-8, though this isn't the path of least resistance.

The Predator V-8, a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 makes 760 hp in the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, is available in Ford's parts bin. It would theoretically drop into the F-150's engine bay without any fit issues, though the rest of the driveline might need to be bolstered to handle the immense power.

In 2020, we also learned that Ford is reportedly working on a new 6.8-liter V-8. To be built at the Windsor Engine Plant, it would come from the sole source of the 5.0-liter V-8 offered in the 2021 F-150. The new engine is expected to be be produced in different displacements over 6.0 liters for various applications. It's unclear if Ford has any intention of supercharging this new V-8, but one or more of those versions could be used in the Raptor.

The first-generation Raptor was offered with a 5.4-liter V-8 and a 6.2-liter V-8. The 5.4-liter V-8 was soon dropped, and the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 replaced the 6.2-liter V-8 in the Raptor's second generation, which began in 2016.



The third-generation Ford F-150 Raptor is an evolution of the second-gen truck with a bolder, more squared-off front end, available 37-inch tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a new five-link rear suspension setup with coil springs.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will go on sale this summer. Ford hasn't detailed how much its twin-turbo V-6 will make, but it made 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque in the 2020 model. The 2021 model will likely improve upon those numbers slightly.

Rumors have circulated for over a year about the return of the V-8 in the Raptor. Now it's finally going to happen, just not in 2021.
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Tomorrow is a big day for car enthusiasts everywhere, as the next generation of the original Baja off-road monster pickup is revealed. Thatís the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, and for the first time ever, it faces stiff competition. For the past two generations, itís been in a class of its own, but then Ram dropped a Hellcat V8 powered bomb called the TRX, and the game was completely changed. Weíll have to wait to see official details on Fordís response to the TRX tomorrow, but Ram has already given theirs over Twitter.

The FCA portion of the company now called Stellantis has never been afraid to poke fun at rival carmakers. Just check out the image of a T-Rex eating a Raptor under the hood of the 2021 Ram TRX. Coincidence? Definitely not. In this not-so-subtle jab, Ram replied to a Ford tweet that showed a teaser of the new F-150 Raptor, asking them to ďpop the hood.Ē Check it out below.

The all-new third-generation F-150 Raptor is comingÖ

See for yourself 2/3/21. #FordRaptor pic.twitter.com/SlosVo2oVt

ó Ford Trucks (@FordTrucks) January 29, 2021

This, of course, refers to the fact that the Ford F-150 Raptor currently has an EcoBoost V6 under the hood, while Ram has a snarling Hellcat V8 in their TRX. Thereís no denying one is the more appealing engine option for V8 truck fans, and Ram knows it.

That being said, a Predator V8 powered Ford F-150 Raptor is rumored, whether itís at reveal or later on. But thereís conflicting evidence at play. Spy shots and videos have shown Raptor test mules that sound like they have a V8 under the hood, while a recent order guide leak didnít show a V8 option anywhere. It seems odd that Ford would test F-150 Raptor prototypes with a V8, but have no intention of making it a reality.

The overall consensus before the reveal points to Ford offering the F-150 Raptor with two engine options, a V8 and a V6. And thereís a chance that V8 option will come later, as the order guide seems to suggest. The 2021 Ram TRX may keep its top dog status for now, but possibly not forever.

Weíll have to wait for full details tomorrow to see what engine the new Raptor is packing under the hood, and that will finally determine whether Ramís clapback is justified.
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Why the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Ditched Leaf Springs for a Five-Link Coil Suspension
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The race (or should we call it war?) to make the loudest, fastest, most capable off-road pickup truck has really come to a head in the past 12 months. Though Ford went largely unchallenged with its Raptor, which first launched back in 2010, it now faces heavy competition from Ram, with the brand's 702-horsepower 1500 TRX. Some argue that the Ram actually beats the Raptor's perceived capability thanks in part to its Hellcat V8, but also because of its complex coil spring rear suspension. Now, though some would use the word "finally," a coil spring rear end is in the new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor after more than two years of rumors.

It's part of Ford's efforts to remove the Raptor from its Plain Jane F-150 roots; as you might already know, every other F-150 still uses leaf springs. So, what specifically made Ford ditch 'em for the Raptor?

First and foremost, leaf springs limit a truck's suspension articulation just by the nature of their design. Having leaf springs means less control over how the axle behaves as opposed to a five-link arrangement as seen on the new Raptor. That's because the leaf springs aren't only being used to suspend the truck, they also make sure the axle isn't moving front to back, keeping it in a desirable position throughout the suspension's travel. The coil spring's only job, on the other hand, is to provide suspension. The business of keeping the axle in the right place is handled by a set of trailing arms.

These trailing arms are the sort of trophy-truck stuff that differentiates the Raptor from a regular light-duty pickup, allowing the vehicle to be more stable at higher speeds when the suspension encounters obstacles. A five-link arrangement, like the one in the new Raptor, also allows for greater control of the axle in every direction, whether it be up and down, side-to-side, or left and right.

The new springs also enable greater suspension travelóthe longest of any Raptor yet thanks to class-leading 24-inch coils. It's worth noting that, before this new generation, the Raptor had the Ram TRX beat in terms of suspension travel, even with the old leaf springs. Ford's previous rear travel was 13.9 inches, with the new number square at 15 inches when equipped with 35-inch tires. That's a lot more than the Ram's, which is still stuck at "more than 13 inches of travel," according to the automaker. It's really more a case of continuing the domination than having to catch back up, then.

These new coils are also paired with electronically controlled Fox Live Valve shocks, which are capable of adjusting 500 times per second, according to Ford. This means the new Raptor is able to handle obstacles better at high speed, adjusting to them as quickly as your brain processes visual information.

All of these upgrades work in unison with the coil springs to make the truck more capable off-road and to play ball with the Ram TRX, of course. The new suspension should not only make the truck easier to jump but make it a bit more pleasant on the road too. Because let's face it, most of these trucks... just don't see much dirt or airtime.

Now, these coil springs still don't solve the Raptor's relatively low payload capacity. While the max rating is listed as 1,400 poundsóup 34 pounds from the previous generationóthat's significantly lower than even midsize trucks like the Ford Ranger that can haul 2,128 pounds in the bed. That's just how it is with these off-road specials; the Ram TRX can only manage around 1,300 pounds.

Really, though, all of these changes are for the best. Leaf springs are certainly still relevant, but when it comes to high performance, especially off-road, it's hard to beat a set of good coils. They offer better articulation, greater tuning capability, and greater control of the vehicle as a result. And that's what you need when going fast off the beaten path.
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The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was finally unveiled earlier this month, and with the launch promo videos showing the truck going airborne, there are countless hordes of fans who are exciting about its tuning potential and how to make the most of it off-road. We know that it'll be offered from the factory with 37-inch tires as an option - the largest of any production truck sold in the US - but what if you get a standard model with its 35-inch tires? Can you just fit 37s to your Raptor and call it a day? According to Ford, the answer is a resounding no.

Before you get all up in arms about the corporate overlords trying to force you to spend more than you have to on a readily-available option, listen up. According to Ford's program manager for the F-150 Raptor, the frame of models offered with 37-inch tires is uniquely modified. These models have an adjusted rear cross member and support bracket that have each been relocated in order to make space for the larger and wider 37-inch spare tire. But it's not all about fitting a bigger spare under the bed. The unique frame also requires a modified chassis, and the suspension has been altered too.

Other changes include unique coil spring suspension and recalibrated Fox Shocks with larger-rod shafts and taller jounce bumpers to better prevent the larger tires from rubbing on fenders and wheel arch liners when your Raptor is maximizing its suspension travel over big bumps and jumps. As a result, models equipped from the factory with the smaller 35-inch tires have more wheel travel and slightly smaller approach and departure angles. If you buy used and aren't sure if the truck had 37s from the factory, you can tell by spotting a special "37" graphic on the tailgate while the Fox Shocks will also have unique graphics. And if you just want to fit 37s to your 35-equipped Raptor, don't. Ford will void your warranty.



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