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New Ford F-150 Raptor R has a 700 horsepower V8 (video)

The V8 Raptor is back


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.

Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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.”

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. If I can buy for $87,000 including everything
    I need a dealer to step up not tell me they’re doing me a favor and dump an extra 10K to price
    And fuel rating? Mpg? 93 octane


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