We laud Ford for building the Ranger Raptor. They essentially made a Dakar truck for the road thanks to its beefed-up suspension and twin-turbo diesel engine. The best part is, this high-performance off-roader can be yours for less than PHP 2,000,000.
But the Ranger Raptor wouldn't be around without its bigger and more powerful brother, the F-150 Raptor. It proved to be a success for Ford and made two generations since 2010. Had it flopped, Ford might not have bothered giving the Ranger the Raptor treatment. Now, the American automaker rolled out the all-new F-150 Raptor, extending its legacy to three generations.
The 2021 F-150 Raptor is based on the short bed configuration of the F-150 Supercrew. It sports panels unique to the pick-up, namely the fender flares and chunky extensions, a more prominent power bulge on the hood, and a wider rear bed. The pick-up also features more ground clearance and rides on 17-inch rims wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich tires. But the F-150 Raptor isn't just a pick-up with blistered fenders and a taller ride height. The reason for all those exterior changes is the tweaks made under the chassis.
Like its predecessor, its dampers are courtesy of Fox, allowing for more off-road capability and high-speed driving on the dirt. Ford also re-engineered the front suspension and redesigned the rear axle to withstand more punishment. They also gave it extra-long trailing arms to better maintain axle position on rough terrain, a Panhard rod, and 24-inch coil springs at the back for good measure. Owners don't need to worry too much about scraping its belly either as skid plates come standard.
That's all impressive, but what about the engine? The 2021 F-150 Raptor uses a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6. Ford didn't say how much power it makes yet, but they say it's a high-output version of the ones used in the standard model and the Expedition. For reference, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost puts out 385 PS and 637 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the previous F-150 Raptor made 450 PS and 691 Nm of torque. With that, we're expecting the redesigned high-output EcoBoost V6 to surpass the old figure.
But Ford isn't leaving it at that for the Raptor. They also announced that they're launching an even more powerful version soon. Dubbed the F-150 Raptor R, rumor has it that it will use a supercharged V8 engine and have about 700 PS. Should Ford pull that off, their F-150 Raptor might just steal the crown away from the Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX as the world's most powerful production pick-up.