These days, the truck industry looks a lot like an arms race. The segment is getting such proportions that yearly updates became a common thing. Besides providing more features and improving capabilities, manufacturers are also offering hi-performance versions, which became pretty much a matter of prestige.
After Ram has announced that the new Rebel TRX is coming with a Hellcat engine, the blue oval company instantly prepared an answer. Therefore, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is coming with a new engine, borrowed directly from the new Shelby GT500. Allegedly, the new engine will feature max output of over 700 horsepower.
2021 Ford Raptor Engine
There is no doubt that the powertrain will be the most interesting part of the upcoming 2021 Ford Raptor. The current model already comes with plenty of power. It features a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine with a max output of 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Such numbers already sound amazing, but the company wants to bring this off-road truck to the completely next level.
For the next year, the blue oval company plans to offer a new engine, borrowed directly from Shelby GT500. Unlike the current engine, this one features eight cylinders and measures 5.2 liters in displacement. Also, it gets help from a supercharger, so it’s no wonder that most experts count on a max output of more than 700 hp. The exact numbers are yet to come, but these features seem like a certain thing. Along with a new engine, we will see a special version of a new 10-speed automatic transmission. It should be the same one that can be found in the Camaro ZL1, which can easily deal with such an enormous amount of power.
With such numbers, there’s no doubt that the new 2021 Ford Raptor Engine will feature spectacular acceleration and overall performances. Moreover, you can count on superior sound characteristics. When it comes to sound, eight cylinders are a perfect number.
Exterior and Interior Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, this version shouldn’t be much different compared to the standard Raptor. Still, a couple of exclusive details seem certain. Smaller suspension tweaks are possible, as the new version will have to deal with much more power. In terms of off-road goodies, things should remain pretty similar. The current model comes with features like a reinforced frame, a special four-wheel-drive system, a modified long-travel suspension, Fox shocks, flared fenders, skid plates, 17-inch wheels with upgraded off-road tires. All of them will carry on in the new model.
Also, we are pretty sure that the new 2021 Ford Raptor Engine will come with a couple of unique visual details, which would make it instantly recognizable among truck enthusiast. These could mean slightly revised bumpers, unique wheels, and similar things. More details will be known once the spy photos appear.
On the inside, unique details and a couple of exclusive features are something we expect to see. The overall cabin layout won’t change, so count on the same dimensions and overall look of the cabin.
2021 Ford Raptor Release Date and Price
The new 700-hp 2021 Ford Raptor is definitely coming. However, it looks like Ram leads in this truck race, so the new Rebel TRX will come first. On the other side, the new Raptor will, in the best case, come late in the next year. Details about the price are still unavailable. Still, it’s not hard to presume that the new version will cost significantly higher compared to the standard version. If we consider that the current model goes around 50.000 dollars, this V8-powered Raptor could easily go over 70.000 dollars.
Source: Car and Driver