F-150 Raptor R

F-150 Raptor R

When Ford revealed the third-generation F-150 Raptor a year ago, it was anticlimactic since the major act was still to come. F-150 Raptor R is here with its supercharged V8.

F-150 Raptor R

Ford Performance head engineer Carl Widmann called Raptor R "ultimate." Raptor R will make consumers' hair stand up in the desert and beyond, and they'll adore it.

F-150 Raptor R

Ford used the 5.2-liter, supercharged V8 from the Shelby GT500. It was changed for this use.

Ford says the Raptor R's engine delivers 700 hp (522 kW/710 PS) and 640 lb-ft (868 Nm) of torque, compared to the Mustang Shelby GT500's 760 hp (567 kW/770 PS) and 625 lb-ft (825 Nm) (847 Nm). This is 1.5 kW/2 PS and 10 lb-ft (13.5 Nm) less than the Ram 1500 TRX.

If the F-150 Raptor R engine is the heart, the suspension is the soul. Ford stated the super truck is inspired by Baja off-roaders, so it needed a robust suspension.

Raptor R's five-link rear suspension has extra-long trailing arms to maintain axle position across difficult terrain. A Panhard rod and 24-inch coil springs maximize stability. The FOX Live Valve shocks balance ride quality and roll control on and off-road.

The electronically controlled dampers use height sensors to detect terrain conditions and tune. 13 inches of front and 14.1 inches of rear wheel travel are available.

The electronic suspension's "Baja" setting boosts the front spring rate by 5% for enhanced ride quality. In either mode, the Raptor R has 13.1 inches (333 mm) of ground clearance, due in part to 37-inch stock tires.

F-150 Raptor R

Customers want a V8 in Raptor, said Widmann. We didn't rush it. This supercharged 5.2-liter V8 and the third-generation Raptor's all-new rear suspension and shocks deliver a one-two punch that goes beyond its parts.

The Raptor has also been modified for off-roading. 10-speed SelectShift transmission calibrated for the truck. A specially-tuned torque converter with a heavy-duty turbine damper and four-pinion rear output assembly smooth out torque.

The front axle is more robust thanks to a stronger carrier casting, an aluminum-ribbed gearbox cover, and a larger driveshaft.

Ford Performance included cast stainless steel exhaust manifolds, a special oil cooler and filter, and a deeper oil pan to tackle steep grades. 

A bigger air intake entrance with a higher-flow, higher-efficiency conical air filter boost air intake by 66%.

Baja isn't the only mode. The Raptor R boasts Normal, Quiet, and Sport settings that modify the dual exhaust's active valves and genuine pass-through muffler.

To make it appear the part, Ford gave the F-150 Raptor R unique design characteristics. The hood has a "power dome" that's an inch taller than the base Raptor's, and the grille has the automaker's name in bold.

It has Code Orange elements, including a R badge on the grille, the power dome, and the tailgate. The truck's natural playground, cracked desert earth, inspired the rear fenders' graphics package.

Raptor R is supposed to seem like a desert predator to attract buyers and off-road enthusiasts, says principal designer Tom Liu. 

From the forceful hood air extractor to the Code Orange 'R'badges, elements communicate next-level off-road performance under the Raptor R name.

Raptor R comes with black leather and Alcantara Recaro seats. Carbon fiber is used on the doors, media bin door, and instrument panel. It boasts a 12-inch infotainment screen with SYNC 4 that can run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A suite of tech will help drivers in challenging situations. Trail Turn Assist and Ford Trail Control reduce your turning radius. Trail 1 Pedal Drive slows the truck when the driver lets off the gas.

The F-150 Raptor R is made at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant and comes in eight colors, including Avalanche and Azure Gray Tri-Coat for the first time.

F-150 Raptor R

If you're interested, order the most powerful F-150 Raptor ever made today.