The Ford F-150 Raptor Will Tear Into the Ram TRX with 2 Powerful Engines, Report Says

A report says the new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will get two engine options, both of which should blow away the existing motor.

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The new Ram TRX is coming after the F-150 Raptor, packing a 702-horsepower Hellcat V8 and the name of an even maeaner dinosaur name and . The updated F-150 has already been unveiled, which means details about the Raptor trim should be confirmed soon. According to TFL Truck, those details will include not one but two engine options.

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As per the report, the base option will be a six-cylinder "Powerboost HO" hybrid engine. On the small end, that could mean the 3.0-liter V6 hybrid system from the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring (and possibly the new Bronco), which puts out 494 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. Ford could push that output even higher by using the PHEV twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 already found in the 2021 F-150, though its output still hasn't been revealed.

The upgraded option would then be the supercharged 5.2-liter Predator V8 currently used in the Shelby GT500, where that engine puts out 760 horsepower. Previous reporting from Ford Authority has that engine putting out a more subdued 725-750 hp in the new Raptor, comfortably exceeding the Ram TRX output.

Giving buyers two powertrain choices seems like a smart choice for Ford. A Raptor that starts around the current starting MSRP, $56,440, is still relatively attainable for many buyers; indeed, it’s only a few thousand more than the average new truck purchase price. Judging from early Ram TRX launch edition sales, there are also a significant number of buyers who would want a stupidly powerful V8 super-truck version. It might as well be Ford making it (and the money) instead of a third-party tuner.

There’s also always value in rattling off “best-in-class” capability figures in the pickup wars...even if most F-150 buyers don’t end up purchasing that particular truck.

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