2021 Ford Raptor Horsepower
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2021 Ford Raptor Horsepower The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor release is creeping closer and closer. The new Ford F-150 is expected to go on sale by the end of 2020. This will bring the 14th generation of the F-150 to the market and give us our best view of the new Raptor design.
The Ford Ranger Raptor is basically a scaled-down version of the high-flying, speed-defying F-150 Raptor. Like its big brother, the off-road ranger will also feature torched fenders, robust tires, extra ground clearance, and a distinctive radiator grille.
While it will ride on the same fully nested ladder frame as the regular Ranger, the Raptor variant will receive a long-running suspension for a high-altitude flight over jumps and a stronger engine for faster desert runs.
The Ford is likely to be offered only in a body style – a crew cabin connected to a five-meter cargo box. The interior should have a pronounced flowering and a feature-rich infotainment system. Although many details about the upcoming Ranger Raptor are still pending, here’s what we know so far.
We remain more or less in the dark about the Raptor’s appearance upgrades. However, the same is not true of the performance improvements planned for the Raptor.
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The current Ford F-150 Raptor comes with a powerful 3.5L EcoBoost. Although the EcoBoost engine has only six cylinders, it produces 450 hp. More than enough to drive the Raptor through its off-road and on-road ventures.
But with Rams Rebel TRX offering a Hellcat, Ford needs to catch up.
Ford already has a charged V8 capable of fighting it with the Hellcat. The Coyote engine, which is designed for the 2020 GT500, affectionately called The Predator, is a perfect choice. Coyote engines have been in F-150s and Mustangs since launch, and an improved Coyote complements the improved F-150.
If Ford wants the Raptor to continue to fight the TRX, that’s a necessary decision. The 760 hp will surpass the 707 hp of the TRX with a smaller displacement.
While this rumor is unconfirmed at this point, a V8 Ford Raptor seems pretty solid and reality-based.
One of the biggest questions around the U.S. Spec Ranger Raptor is which engine will be under the hood. In other markets, Ford is driving this truck with a four-cylinder diesel engine, but we doubt it would bring this engine to our shores.
And while we’d like to see Ford plug its 2.7-liter, two-turbo V-6 into the Hi-Po Ranger, that would require a significant redesign – which is unlikely.
That leaves only one obvious candidate: the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that once powered the Ford Focus RS and is now available on the Ford Mustang. We know that it can make up to 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, and it is compatible with the 10-speed automatic transmission that comes on the normal ranger.
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Compared to this pedestrian pickup, the Raptor will have a more robust suspension and more powerful off-road equipment. Combined with higher driving height and increased ground clearance, it should have up to 33-inch off-road tires that book wider front and rear lanes.
Neither the EPA nor Ford have released fuel economy ratings for the Ranger Raptor. As soon as they do, we will update this report. We will also provide its real fuel economy as soon as we have the opportunity to test one on our 200-mile highway route.