February 3, 2021 is the day Ford unveiled the next generation F-150 Raptor. Oddly enough, the official revelation did not include details on performance despite the fact that the F-150 Raptor was a performance car. Even more interesting was the flow of social media that happened after debut, but the takeaway from these conversations was evident. Raptor is launched with an EcoBoost V6, but a V8 version will come next year.
This news was confirmed by several Ford sources online via Twitter, and Motor Authority also has confirmation. Motor1.com reached out to Ford for further words as well, but for all that, this is a done deal.
As you can see from the tweets, the harder core Raptor will be called the Raptor R. At this early stage there is no other information, but rumors have been circulating about the truck that has a version of the compressed 5.2-liter V8 from Mustang Shelby GT500. The Predator V8 develops 760 horsepower for the muscular pony car, and if Ford aims to fight the Ram TRX, the Raptor will need such a power infusion. Another possibility could be an enhanced version of Ford’s 7.3-liter pushrod V8. With its compact size and large power potential, it can be a surprising feature from Blue Oval.
For now, we know that the 2021 F-150 Raptor is taking an evolutionary step over the outgoing model. The two-turbocharged V6 lasts under the hood, and probably packs at least 450 hp, but with the TRX and Hellcat V8 going high, a power boost from Blue Oval seems not only logical, but necessary. Perhaps of greater news is the Raptors’ retuned suspension with five links that offer travel experiences.
As for the V8-powered Raptor R, Ford tells us that it will arrive in 2022, although we do not know if it is a debut date or a sales date. We will update this article with more Raptor R information as it becomes available.