2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Dyno Run Demonstrates Major Drivetrain Disadvantages

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The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is the most powerful production Raptor branded model in history. With a monstrous 5.2 liter supercharged V8 engine under the hood, this vehicle is a formidable competitor to the mighty Ram 1500 TRX. There’s a new video featuring the Raptor R that we wanted to share with you, showing the performance of the truck being evaluated on the dyno.

That Late Model Recovery (LMR) active channel YouTube took delivery of the new 2023 F-150 Raptor R and decided to test it on the dyno soon. The teams hit a series of runs and were the first to really set up. Before we get to the results, let’s look at the truck’s factory number first.

The 5.2-liter V8 pumps out 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (868 Newton-meters) of torque. This power is channeled to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The EPA rates the truck at 15 miles per gallon on the highway and only 10 mpg in the city. In comparison, the Ram 1500 TRX has nearly the same output and fuel consumption.

Back on the dyno, for the first lap, everything is complete. The results show a peak output of 580 hp (426 kW) at 6,300 rpm and 533 lb-ft (723 Nm) at 4,400 rpm on wheels. If we do the math – and take the Ford engine output at crank as an accurate figure – this translates to a drivetrain loss in the Raptor R of around 20 percent. This is not surprising however, given the truck’s heavy-duty setup.

For round two, the 5.2-liter V8 received a very quick upgrade in the form of a performance air filter. It produces nearly 9 hp (6.6 kW) and 1.5 lb-ft (2 Nm) more torque than standard figures. We’re betting that with a relatively small amount of new hardware and software adjustments, the dyno could easily put in around 600 hp (447 kW) at the wheels, translating to around 720 hp (530 kW) at crank.

As a final note, the 2023 F-150 Raptor R’s 5.2-liter V8 engine is the same as that found under the GT500’s engine. However, in the sports car, peak power is 760 hp (567 kW), meaning there is plenty of room for improvement on the truck.

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