Ford | The F-150 Raptor wants to raise its game, without V8 for the moment

Ford |  The F-150 Raptor wants to raise its game, without V8 for the moment

While there are plenty of rumors of a V8 returning under the hood of the F-150 Raptor to take on the RAM 1500 TRX in a questionable power war, Ford has instead chosen the evolutionary path, for now. The full-size pickup truck, which actually gave birth to its sub-segment in 2009, targeting extreme off-road enthusiasts, showed up last week with yet another EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 as its base material, an engine that is expected to gain a handful of horses in exercise. Ford has refrained from publishing its technical specifications, except, curiously, the autonomy (800 km). It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Big boots

But it is in terms of design, whose differences seem fundamentally modest compared to the current model, that the brute gains in refinement. It first puts on the largest tires ever offered as standard on a full-size pickup truck (BFGoodrich All-Terrain T / A KO2), with a diameter of 35 or 37 inches, depending on the chosen livery.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY FORD Rear view of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Much of the engineering work, however, has been done on the damping. The Raptor is provided with continuously adjustable Fox shocks to make the handling of the pickup more predictable in rough terrain. You have to move to the rear to see the other most important development, namely the abandonment of the leaf suspension for a multi-link configuration for more stability. As is customary with these modern backpackers, you can customize your behavior according to a host of parameters depending on the type of terrain on which you navigate. Ford has also confirmed that a Raptor R is in the works with a V8, which suggests the use of the 5.2L Predator V8 of the Mustang Shelby GT500 (760 hp). On sale next summer at a price that has not yet been disclosed.

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