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Ford's Insane Supercharged V8 Raptor Should Debut on February 3rd

Ford's 700-plus horsepower retort to the Ram 1500 TRX may arrive very soon.

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Ram threw down the gauntlet at Ford's feet with the new 1500 TRX, a 702-horsepower brute that supplanted the F-150 Raptor as king of the stupidly powerful desert-running pickups. (If Ram's intent were not clear enough, the new truck has an easter egg graphic of a T-Rex eating a Velociraptor.) Naturally, Ford has a response planned — in the form of a new V8 version of the Raptor. And the Blue Oval apparently plans to reveal it very soon — 11am EST on February 3rd on Ford's YouTube channel, to be precise.

Reports from reputable sources like Car and Driver claim the F-150 Raptor will be splitting into two variants. A base model would get an upgraded version of the current Raptor's 3.5-liter V6, which currently puts out 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. A version of Ford's twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain could be an option at that level as well.

The upgraded model, which may be called the "Raptor R," should get the supercharged 5.2-liter V8 from the Shelby GT500. That engine delivers 760 horsepower in that iteration. Expect it to be tuned lower than that...but above the Ram 1500 TRX's output, of course.

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Like the refreshed 2021 F-150, the new F-150 Raptor probably won't look dramatically different on the exterior — with the exception of more aggressive appearance for the 700-plus horsepower model. Spy shots have suggested Ford will switch from leaf springs to a coil-spring setup on the rear suspension, like the Ram.

Expect a base price a bit above the current F-150 Raptor, which starts at $53,455. The V8 version is likely to start around the Ram TRX's $70,095, with options to spend far more than that. Somehow, that feels reasonable.

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