Along with today’s reveal of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford confirmed another big nugget of information. A V-8-powered iteration of the 2021 Raptor is also on the docket, confirming long-standing rumors of the V-8’s return to the Raptor lineup.
Ford spokesperson Mike Levine confirmed the news via Twitter shortly after the Raptor reveal. Aside from confirming the existence of a V-8 option in the future and the Raptor R nameplate, we know nothing else. Given Ford didn’t even confirm the power output of the carryover EcoBoost V-6 option today, we shouldn’t be surprised they’re mum on details of a future variant.
The rumor mill would suggest the Raptor R will be powered by Ford’s Predator V-8 engine. The Predator is a supercharged 5.2-liter that generates a staggering 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque in the Mustang Shelby GT500. That power flows through a 10-speed automatic in the Mustang, which would likely also carryover to the Raptor R.
Regardless of which V-8 the Raptor R gets, it will undoubtedly be going toe-to-toe with the Ram TRX. The battle of the beastly supercharged V-8 trucks is about to get very interesting.
Oh, Ford also confirmed the Raptor R will be street legal.