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July 19, 2022

Ford Finally Gives The F-150 Raptor The 700-Horsepower Engine It Deserves

Finally, Ford and its performance division, Ford Performance, is giving the F-150 Raptor the engine it deserves. With the launch of the F-150 Raptor R, the Blue Oval managed to shoehorn a 700-horsepower V8 engine creating the fastest and most powerful Raptor yet.

Borrowed from the Mustang Shelby GT500, the supercharged 5.2-liter V8 delivers 700 horsepower and 868 Nm of torque thanks to optimizations done for Raptor duty. Recalibrations aside, it also has a new pulley to optimize its power for off-road use increasing low- and mid-range torque delivery. Ford Performance also upgraded the exhaust manifolds to a cast stainless steel design and added an oil cooler filter, a deeper oil pan, and a wider air intake with a higher-efficiency conical air filter.

Filtering all that power, the F-150 Raptor R’s front suspension features new front axle with a more robust, higher-strength carrier casting and an aluminum-ribbed structural cover to manage the powertrain’s added torque, as well as a unique larger-diameter aluminum driveshaft. A new, specially tuned torque converter with heavy-duty turbine damper and four-pinion rear output assembly makes the truck even better equipped to transfer torque and provide a smoother powertrain feel when driving both on- and off-road.

Drivers get even more control over how their Raptor R expresses its additional power, courtesy of a unique dual exhaust system with a true pass-through muffler and active valve system, with modes for Normal, Sport, Quiet, and Baja. There’s also a dedicated “R” mode. Each drive mode is tuned to account for the added power.

Visually communicating the Raptor R’s performance, it dons a larger, more aggressively styled power dome on the hood that sits nearly an inch taller than on the base Raptor, helping extract warm air from underneath.

Ford Performance-exclusive Code Orange accents embellish the exterior and are found on the “R” badge on the grille, power dome, and tailgate. Inside, standard Recaro leather/Alcantara sports seats offer better support, while genuine carbon fiber adorns the doors, media bin door, and upper parts of the instrument panel.

The F-150 Raptor R starts production late this year where it’ll carry a starting price of USD 109,145 or about P 6.160 million.

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