When Ford debuted the current-generation F-150 Raptor in early 2021, the company immediately confirmed a V8-powered Raptor R was coming. Now, we know exactly when it will debut: July 18, 2022.
Ford revealed the Raptor R’s debut date on social media, sharing the image in movie poster style with related info. In this case, “movie” is called Scary Fastwhere people will “experience a new kind of fasting with the Raptor R reveal July 18, 2022.”
The standard F-150 Raptor isn’t much of a slouch with a 450-horsepower (336-kilowatt) 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. However, compared to the 702-hp (523-kW) supercharged Hellcat V8 in the Ram TRX, Ford’s high-speed off-road car can’t compete in a straight line. That brings us to the Raptor R, which Ford promised from the start would be legal and V8-powered. Rumors have long pointed to the Mustang Shelby GT500’s supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine as the power source, where it puts out 760 hp (567 kW). It would easily beat the Ram TRX in a muscle truck war.
This assumes Ford actually used a Predator V8 GT500 in the Raptor R. A leaked photo posted online in May claims to show an assembly line sheet with a 5.2-liter engine strapped to the Raptor R. There’s always a chance that the image is fake, but at this point, everything points to the Shelby engine in the Raptor bay. The question now is how much power it will produce, and will it also have a Shelby 7-speed dual-clutch transmission?
Of course, the Raptor’s claim to fame isn’t strength, but its long-travel suspension that absorbs bumps with ease. With more oomph under the hood, we expect Ford to include some upgrades to the underside that will allow the truck to handle the extra speed. Spy photos show almost no exterior changes except for a simple R badge, so this truck could be something to sleep with when it finally hits the road.
The ride starts July 18th and we’ll cover all of them here at Motor1.com. Meanwhile, check us out Chatting About Cars podcasts where we cover other muscle man movers and more.