The new generation of the world’s best-selling pickup was introduced last year. This year has brought its most capable version, with the famous “Raptor” badge. So, you probably wonder what could come with the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor. One thing is certain, it won’t be a typical carryover model. Instead, it will bring many novelties. The main one will be in terms of the powertrain, as we are finally about to see a version with the Supercharged V8 engine.
Other than the new engine, things will mostly remain the same. So, you may count on a super-capable off-roader, which comes with tons of upgrades over base models. It looks way more aggressive and also comes with the whole set of off-road upgrades.
2023 Ford F-150 Raptor Engines
As we’ve just mentioned, the biggest novelty for the next year will be a new engine option. Besides the standard V6, the Raptor will become available with a supercharged V8 engine. Allegedly, this will be the same 5.2-liter unit that powers the Shelby GT500. However, the exact numbers in terms of power are still unknown, though we have no doubt that the max output will go over 700 horsepower.
This version will come as the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R. On the other hand, the standard Raptor will continue in the same way. It will feature the same 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, which puts out 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Despite the “lack” of cylinders, it sounds really good, thanks to the new 3.0-inch exhaust system. Of course, the overall performance is pretty impressive too.
Both models will come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2023 Ford F-150 Raptor Design
Other than the engine upgrade, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor will carry on with familiar design solutions and features. So, you count on all kinds of upgrades over standard models. Although the overall design is heavily based on the new generation F-150, there is also a full-load of off-road features, starting from the off-road suspension and standard 35-inch off-road tires. You can get even bigger, 37-inch tires as an upgrade. The list of standard off-road equipment also includes skid plates and a locking rear differential, while the ground clearance goes over 13 inches.
Besides all those mechanical upgrades, there is also a full load of styling details that accentuate the model’s off-road nature. Of course, the most prominent detail is the pickup’s grille, which features black plastics and large “Ford” lettering, just like in the previous iteration. Furthermore, the rest of the vehicle also comes with lots of blacked details, as well as unique black rims. The famous graphics are also part of the standard equipment.
What’s great about this pickup is that, despite the rugged nature, it comes with lots of convenient interior features as well. For example, leather upholstery is part of the standard equipment, along with aluminum trim and paddle shifters. There are also optional carbon fiber accents, while the steering wheel comes with an exclusive laser-etched logo. The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor will continue exclusively with a SuperCrew cab style, in pair with a 5.5-foot cargo bed.
You may also count on a long list of tech features, starting from a 12.-inch touchscreen and 12-inch digital instrument cluster. You may also count on goodies like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, an optional 18-speaker audio system and many more.
2023 Ford F-150 Raptor Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor will arrive in the second half of the year, with a starting price of around 67.000 dollars. The V8-powered Raptor R should cost around 75.000 dollars. Of course, the Ram Rebel TRX will remain the key competitor.