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The Ford F-150 Raptor R is all set to make some sounds on the superior efficiency truck scene.
The off-street pickup created a surprise physical appearance this week at a start occasion for the Ford Bronco R in Johnson Valley, California.
An F-150 Raptor R arrived storming via the desert earlier the assembled journalists, but not carefully adequate for them to get a excellent seem.
What could not be missed was the seem of its motor, which will be a V-8 rather than the 450 hp turbocharged V-6 in the normal F-150 Raptor or the electric powertrain utilized in the F-150 Lightning.
Ford had beforehand declared the truck was obtaining a V-8, but now Ford CEO Jim Farley has exposed component of the purpose why.
“We listened, Twitter helps us sharpen our focus given that we can hear to personal suggestions,” Farley tweeted in reaction to a enthusiast thanking him for putting the V-8 in it.
What is still to be verified is specifically what V-8 it is or how a lot ability it will deliver.
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A variety of bits of info that have leaked out — like a probable window sticker and facts in Ford’s vendor info software — position to it being a version of the 760 hp supercharged 5.2-liter “Predator” V-8 showcased in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
That would make it a deserving competitor to the Ram 1500 TRX, which is run by a 702 hp supercharged V-8 borrowed from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat muscle mass car that tends to make it the most strong pickup with an inner combustion engine.
Sad to say, contrary to Ram’s motor that would make a pronounced supercharger whine, the Predator’s supercharger is really tranquil, so it really is really hard to notify for confident from the video clip if that is what is in the F-150 Raptor R.
If it is in truth the Predator, the F-150 Raptor R may not conclusion up getting only the most potent pickup, but also the thirstiest. The TRX now retains that title at 12 mpg put together and the considerably smaller and lighter Mustang Shelby GT500 receives just 14 mpg.
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Ford has yet to announce the formal date for the F-150 Raptor R’s whole reveal, but it will take place sometime in 2022.