Ford did not unleash a crazy 700-plus horsepower V8 Raptor to take on the new Ram 1500 TRX when the new generation debuted last summer. But Ford told us that super Raptor would be forthcoming...and now it's here. Meet the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R.
As expected, the Raptor R receives Ford's supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine. We presumed Ford would push the hp past the TRX (what is the point of this truck if not to hit that nominal target?). But the Raptor actually checks in a hair short— at 700 horsepower to the Ram 1500 TRX's 702, and 640 lb-ft of torque to the TRX's 650 lb-ft.
Like the Bronco Raptor, the F-150 Raptor R rolls on standard and massive 37-inch tires. Those tires give the Raptor R 13.1 inches of ground clearance, besting the 1500 TRX's 11.8 inches. The Raptor R has better approach (33.1º), breakover (24.4º) and departure (24.9º) angles than the TRX too.
Ford says the F-150 Raptor R has FOX live valve shocks and 13 inches of suspension travel at the front and 14.1 inches at the rear.
The F-150 Raptor R will offer four curated drive modes: Normal, Sport, Quiet and Baja. Owners will also be able to create a customized mode — adjusting the drive, steering, suspension settings — that can then be accessed with one press of an R button.
Right now. Ford is taking orders on the F-150 Raptor R starting today, July 18. Production for the F-150 Raptor R will begin in Late 2022. Ford did not reveal F-150 Raptor R pricing information.
What we know so far about the most-eagerly-awaited midsize truck.