After an extended hiatus Ford is offering a V8 powered Raptor. Since 2017 the Raptor has only been available with a supercharged 3.5-liter Ecoboost twin-turbo V6 engine, but the new Raptor R is powered by a new 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces a factory-rated 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. The Raptor R’s engine is from the Mustang Shelby GT500, but was recalibrated for off-road performance.
“We’ve heard our customers demanding the sound and power of a V8 back in Raptor,” said Carl Widmann, Ford Performance chief engineer.
The V8 is paired with a 10-speed SelectShift® transmission. A new torque converter with heavy-duty turbine damper and four-pinion rear output assembly was added to the drivetrain. The Raptor R has a new front axle with a higher-strength carrier casting and an aluminum-ribbed structural cover to manage the new V8’s torque as well as a unique larger-diameter aluminum driveshaft.
The Raptor R has a five-link rear suspension with extra-long trailing arms, a Panhard rod, and 24-inch coil springs. Front wheel travel is 13 inches and 14.1 inches in back.
“Raptor R is visually designed like a desert predator to catch the attention of Raptor customers and off-road enthusiasts,” said Tom Liu, Raptor R lead designer. “There are details big and small – from the more aggressive hood air extractor to the Code Orange ‘R’ badges – that visually communicate next level off-road performance under the Raptor R banner.”