One of the most established and well-known F-150 models, the Raptor underwent a considerable redesign alongside the rest of the truck lineup. Ford finally unveiled the new 2023 F-150 Raptor R. It is being hailed as the quickest, most potent, and most intense high-performance off-road desert Raptor in history!
No one can dispute the F-150 Raptor’s twin-turbo V6’s capabilities. But since Dodge’s Ram 1500 TRX raised the bar about performance, a response was really required. Ford officials appear to have taken the fans’ feedback to heart. Ford has revived the V8 Raptor as the much anticipated F-150 Raptor R variant. So now that the V8 is back, Ford has officially restored the cosmos back into equilibrium. And sheesh, it is powerful.
“We’ve heard our customers demanding the sound and power of a V8 back in Raptor,” said Widmann Ford Performance chief engineer.
Mustang Shelby GT500 Heart In An F-150 Raptor R
Ram’s 1500 TRX seems to have a major rival with the F-150 Raptor R, which has an advanced V8. Ford made the decision to use its most formidable engine. A 5.2-liter supercharged V8 called the “Predator” stolen from the Mustang Shelby GT500. There is marginally less power, but more torque compared to the Mustang Shelby GT500. Ford has prioritized off-road capability above quarter-mile drag racing. Ford also installed a special oil cooler and deeper oil pan to keep the engine oil cool when this powerful morph is fighting big hills. They returned the supercharger to provide increased low-end torque.
The Raptor R produces 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is absurd. The Ram 1500 TRX has 2 horsepower more and 10 lb-ft more torque than that. A full 397 pounds less than the TRX, Ford has managed to keep weight to just under 5,950 pounds. Thus, in terms of straight-line performance, the Raptor R ought to be the faster of the two.
The New King Of The Hill Champion – Raptor R
But they did not design these vehicles for performance in straight lines. They designed it for off-road abuse, so the Raptor R ought to be particularly strong in that regard. It has the best-in-class ground clearance and four-wheel drive. Upgraded Fox shock absorbers and large coil springs provide excellent off-road stability. To automatically tune the suspension to further reduce roll and enhance the ride. A variety of sensors continuously track suspension movement and terrain. Since the rest of the suspension is the same as on a conventional F-150 Raptor, it ought to perform admirably on desert runs at high speeds.
The many driving settings include Normal, Sport, Quiet, and Baja. These many settings change the steering, throttle responsiveness, stiffness of the suspension, and exhaust note of the car. Ford introduced the Baja mode for most performance and control during high-speed off-roading. The drive modes help take into account the excess torque of the supercharged V8. They have increased the front spring rate by 5%, and the factory-installed 37-inch tires and 13.1 inches of ground clearance, giving the user more than a foot of space to maneuver.
Raptor Looks That Can’t Be Missed
Ford has also improved the Raptor R aesthetic package. The F-150 Raptor has consistently been a distinctive and eye-catching model in Ford’s lineup. The bumpers and fender flares are painted black, and the iconic “F O R D” grille from the Raptor is still present. In addition to having special “R” badges on the grille, hood, and tailgate, the grille has Code Orange accents. Also included is a custom graphics package for the rear fenders, with a theme modeled after the cracked sands of the desert. Similar to the Raptor that comes standard, the interior is essentially unchanged. The Raptor R has selectable drive modes that can be activated by pressing the R button on the steering wheel, and the Recaro seats are now standard. These are notable outliers. The doors, media bin door, and dashboard of the Raptor R are all finished in actual carbon fiber. It is only available in black with orange accents.
The Raptor R carries everything electronics over from the fully equipped base Raptor. Such as features like Trail Turn Assist, Trail Control, and Trail 1-Pedal Drive for aggressive rock scrambling. An Android Auto and Apple CarPlay feature comes standard on a 12-inch touch screen with Ford SYNC 4 software. Numerous news sources report that the Raptor R will cost over $110,000. That is roughly 30 grand more than the Ram TRX. Ford scheduled the manufacturing to begin in late 2022, and order books for the 2023 F-150 Raptor R is now available.
“There are details big and small–from the more aggressive hood air extractor to the Code Orange ‘R’ badges–that visually communicate next level off-road performance under the Raptor R banner,” -Tom Liu, Raptor R lead designer