The fourteenth generation F-150 has been given the Raptor treatment, even supposing there would possibly be aloof no V8 – but
Ford hasn’t let probably the most trendy model of deal standard F-Assortment mediate-up sit for prolonged with out a Baja-bashing Raptor mannequin. Production began only about a months within the past, nonetheless already, there’s this F-150 Raptor to sink our enamel into.
As a 2021 mannequin year vehicle, it’ll be on the roads very soon too. It doesn’t, then again, like a V8 as many had hoped. The three.5-litre twin-turbo V6 ‘Ecoboost’ from the final Raptor has been carried over, albeit with about a tweaks. Vitality and torque figures haven’t been given fair but, nonetheless the passe one is correct for 445bhp and 510lb ft. The revised engine develops extra low-cease twist and has a brand glossy active employ machine.
Ford would possibly possibly well presumably add an optionally on the market V8 additional down the road, pointless to pronounce, which would possibly possibly well presumably give the F-150 Raptor the firepower to transfer toe-to-toe with the Ram 1500 TRX. A mysterious ‘Raptor R’ is due subsequent year, the click launch states, which would possibly possibly well presumably be a bigger-engined model. As it stands, though, the 2021 Raptor will probably be loads mercurial taking into account its size and weight, with the passe one happily hitting 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.
What’s arguably extra indispensable is the stuff Ford has changed in varied areas. Headlining the elephantine chassis alterations is a brand glossy five-link rear suspension setup with “extra-prolonged” trailing arms and 24-scurry coil springs. On dampings tasks are a procedure of electronically-managed Fox Dwell Valve shocks with plump 3.1-scurry aluminium our bodies, giving 14 inches of fling at the entrance and 15 inches at the rear – 25 per cent greater than the significant F-150 Raptor.
The V6 sends its power to all four wheels by an uprated model of Ford’s 10-tempo computerized gearbox plus an electronically-managed locking rear differential and (the put specced) a mechanical Torsen entrance puny-hunch diff. Ensuring the torque is deployed on slippery surfaces with ease, the Raptor will also be ordered with either 35 or 37-scurry BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tyres. Three varied 17-scurry wheelsets come in, two of which like beadlock ability.
With the larger boots, the Raptor has 33.1, 24.9 and 24.4-stage approach, departure and breakover angles, when in contrast with 30.2, 23.5, and 21.9 for the Ram TRX mentioned additional up the page.
All of this lives in a sturdy metal physique topped by a part-aluminium, part-composite physique. The entrance wings interestingly “emulate the windswept behold of mud billowing off the head of the tires at high tempo,” whereas the meaty bonnet heat extractor and purposeful aspect vents are stated to be impressed by the intakes of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor jet fighter.
Interior, there are sizable-bolstered seats which is in a impart to be upgraded to Recaro buckets, a brand glossy steering wheel with like laser-etching and aluminium shift paddles, and if optioned, an entire load of carbon fibre or aluminium smartly-organized. There’s a 12-scurry digital instrument cluster plus a 12-scurry infotainment conceal conceal, with future over-the-air updates taking into yarn digital path maps to be displayed on the latter.
The F-150 Raptor will probably be constructed in Dearborn, Michigan, and must attain showrooms this summer. Pricing hasn’t been printed fair but, nonetheless we’d quiz a starting decide round $60,000.