Listen to the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R’s Blown V-8 Rip!

Listen to the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R’s Blown V-8 Rip!

06/16/2022

Some folks who were getting some seat time in the new Ford Bronco Raptor-us included!—got a special visit from the forthcoming 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R. The V-8-powered Raptor pickup mysteriously emerged from the dust of a Bronco Raptor that it was trailing, smashed the throttle, and threw up its own massive dust cloud as it kicked the tail out and slid around a dry lakebed out in the California desert where the mightier Bronco drive event was held. If you’ve ever heard a blown V-8 ripping through an otherwise quiet desert, it’s quite an experience. Guaranteed some veiled tears were shed by those watching.

Ford captured the action of the furious Raptor R truck—which swaps the regular F-150 Raptor’s twin-turbo V-6 for a V-8, an option that’s been missing since the first-gen Raptor bowed out in 2014—and slapped that aerial footage on the internet for everyone to see and hear. Turn the volume up in the clip above (posted to Ford CEO Jim Farley’s twitter account) to hear the noise. Pretty rad, eh? Gone is the leaf-blower wheeze of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, the perceived Achilles’ heel of the F-150 Raptor since the demise of the 6.2-liter V-8 with that first-gen truck. Granted, today’s 3.5-liter V-6 is stronger than yesterday’s 6.2-liter V-8, but some people inherently like the idea of a V-8 in a truck like this, no matter what. Need proof? Just look at the Ram 1500 TRX.

Farley’s Raptor R footage was accompanied by this caption: “Can’t wait to share more details about F-150 Raptor R later this year. The V8 sounds amazing! #RaptorR” All that Ford will confirm about the Raptor R is that it has a V-8, and that we’ll know more later this year.

Like the worst kept secret in the world, the V-8 under the hood of the 2023 Raptor R truck is likely the supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 out of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, where it makes 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. We think it’ll make somewhere around 725 hp and 655 lb-ft of torque in the Raptor R, a few ponies here or there being a worthy tradeoff for greater torque. If Ford applies its one-upmanship strategy seen in the full-size pickup truck power wars, Raptor R would have slightly better specs than the Ram 1500 TRX in order to “win”—on paper, at least. Or, at least a power win would help everyone forget that the Ram’s been wiping the floor with the Raptor for the past two years. The supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 in the TRX 1500 makes 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, and helps propel that extremely heavy rig to 60 mph in one of the quickest times we’ve ever seen in a truck (well ahead of the Ford). So we expect the Blue Oval to make a valiant effort to top that.

There may be a lot of chatter about electric vehicles, gas prices, and other headwinds for traditionally powered performance vehicles, but let’s not forget about the storm of supercharged V-8s that’s brewing in the half-ton truck market. Maybe GM can get in on the racket and throw the new Cadillac Escalade-V’s blown 6.2-liter V-8 into a Silverado ZR2 or Sierra AT4X…

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