Original introduced in 2010 Ford F-150 The Raptor launched the tough off-road performance category that will soon be occupied by newcomers such as the Ram TRX and Jeep Wrangler 392.
But with the recent launch of the 2021 F-150 Raptor specs, Ford is reminding everyone that it will take a lot of time to dethrone the Raptor from the performance truck.
“The Raptor is the original desert truck. “We took the situation to another level,” said Ali Jammoul, Ford Performance vehicle program director.
The biggest news came where Ford threw the leaf springs of the old Raptor in favor of an all-new five-link, coil-spring rear suspension and an electronically controlled rear suspension. Fox shocks. Ford reveals that in addition to 25 percent more wheel travel than the original Raptor, the new suspension allows the 2021 F-150 Raptor to be equipped with 37 (!) Inch tires from the factory. (35’s will be an option too.)
To keep things comfortable under the hood, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor now carries a high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with upgraded cooling fans.
Oh, and relax for those who spit on the long-rumored V8-powered Raptor R, Ford has made it clear that the Raptor R IS will arrive, albeit next year.
Ford also describes a class-specific active valve dual exhaust system that, in its own words, gives a stronger engine sound. The exhaust note can be controlled by the driver and is presented in four variants: Silent, Normal, Sport and Baja.
Backing up EcoBoost is a 10-speed automatic by Ford. The transmission is connected to what Ford calls the on-demand torque transfer case. An electronically locking rear diff is standard, optional TORSEN front limited slip is also available. Both have 4:10 gears inside.
The F-150 Raptor also has a Terrain Management System with in-cab controls that allow the driver to select driving modes based on driving conditions: Slippery, Pull / Pull, Sport, Normal, Terrain, Baja and Rock Creep. The system will adjust the steering, transfer state behavior, transmission shift points, suspension damping, throttle matching and many other parameters.
Ford says you’ll start seeing the 2021 F-150 Raptor at dealers by summer. By the way, enjoy this Raptor promotional video.