Ford has uncovered a new range-topping trim level on perhaps of its most well known vehicle. ‘Range-topping’ here significance a socking extraordinary V8 slung in the nose of a F-150 pickup truck.
Welcome, gutsy people, to the 700hp Ford F-150 Raptor R.
It is, as would be natural for Ford, “the fastest, most powerful, most extreme high-performance off-road desert Raptor yet.” Taking its signal from Raptors past — all inspired by trophy trucks — this new R is “ultimate Raptor.”
Underneath, it wears the very heart that powers the Mustang Shelby GT500. That implies a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 finishing off 700hp and 867Nm of force. Ford Performance recalibrated this unit, introducing a new pulley to the supercharger for better torque delivery in the low-to-mid rpm range.
The exhaust manifolds are stainless steel now as well, and there’s a redesigned oil cooler and filter, a deeper oil pan, and a wider air-intake inlet and high-flow air filter for 66% greater intake volume. To put it plainly, it’ll swallow in extraordinary lungfuls of air.
The 10-speed gearbox connected to this V8 likewise gets a better calibration, and the front axle features a stronger carrier casting and structural cover to deal with the additional torque. The driveshaft’s a bigger aluminum unit, there’s a “specially tuned” force converter with a heavy-duty turbine damper as well.
Ought to sound fruity, because of a dual exhaust system with a valve that takes into consideration different settings (typical, game, calm, and Baja — all genuinely simple). Suspension is by means of 24-inch springs and active Fox shocks uniquely tuned for the R. Ford claims wheel travel of 13 inches up front and center and 14.1 inches out back, thus, at any rate, the supermarket curbs ought to be totally fine.
It’s recognizably a Raptor R, because of orange ‘R’ badges, a power dome on the hood, some dark specifying, a designs pack, and genuine Recaro sport seats. Recaros, in a F-150. There’s obviously a lot of the ordinary F-150 Raptor treats and loads of network.
However one suspects the main association you’ll truly be paying special attention to is the one among you and that V8. “When customers experience Raptor R in the desert and beyond, it will make the hairs on the back of their necks stand up,” makes sense of Ford Performance boss designer Carl Widmann.