The Ford F-150 Raptor R is one of the most anticipated trucks in recent memory. Rumors have been swirling for several years now that Ford will deliver an off-road monster with supercharged V8 power. A leaked build sheet suggests this might indeed be the case, as posted by theraptorconnection on Instagram.
Update: 05/17/22 11:30 PM ET: A response from Ford has been included below.
The Raptor R was a long time coming. We first heard rumors of a V8-powered model in 2020, supposedly packing the mighty supercharged engine of the Mustang Shelby GT500 under the hood. Even so, when the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor hit the market, it was with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood, good for 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
However, now it looks like those V8 dreams are coming true. According to the anonymous source photo, which appears to have been taken in a factory setting, the build sheet is clearly marked “5.2L”. It happens to be the same displacement as the Mustang Shelby GT500’s 760 horsepower engine, suggesting that the rumors may have been true all along.
For the sake of discussion, 5.2-liter V8s were recently used by Ford in the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 models. Either way, it’s the latter’s supercharged Predator engine that should end up in the truck. The GT350’s naturally aspirated Voodoo engine is equally powerful and boasts an almighty whine thanks to its flat-plane crank design. However, its 526 horsepower wouldn’t be enough to keep up with the 702 horsepower Ram TRX.
It may be one of the worst-kept secrets in the truck world right now, but one that has nonetheless sparked anticipation for a V8-powered Raptor model. The rumor mill has been in overdrive since a particularly noisy test mule was spotted last year. Either way, order books should open in the fall for the Raptor R, according to rumors earlier this year, with the timing suggesting it will land as a 2023 model.
The reader has reached out to Ford for comment and will update this article accordingly with any additional details as they come to light.
Update: Ford responded, stating “We’ve already said the F-150 Raptor R will have a V8. We look forward to sharing more details later this year.” Expect more details on the Raptor R’s engine specifics in the coming months as it gets closer to launch.
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