The king of trucks. That’s how we can call the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. It will still be without competition since Ram Rebel TRX or Silverado 1500 ZR2 are not in sight. Still, even with these models out, we don’t see them as instant competitors to the model whose reputation is built for years.
The upcoming version for the 2021 season is introducing radical changes. A V8 is replacing a twin-turbo V6. However, it is not a high output 5.2-liter turbo unit also used for the Shelby Mustang GT500. Instead, the new Raptor is getting a 4.8-liter turbocharged V8.
Engine and Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will be a 4.8-liter displacement with 420 hp, according to rumors. The new truck is being spied, but we can’t have a peek in the engine room. This mill should replace a 3.5-liter V6 capable of producing 450 hp. So, it is a downgrade.
On the other hand, fans wanted to see the Raptor with a V8. Previously, that was a 5.0-liter Coyote with 395 horsepower. So, they will get more power and smaller displacement. That means a better fuel economy, but it is not important to truck’s owners.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ram Rebel TRX
Currently, the best next off-road truck is the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Still, it can’t cope with Raptor’s 450 hp. Still, the major threat is on the way. FCA announced the Rebel TRX version with 707 hp. It is a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine that produces so much power.
Still, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor won’t see the competition from this rival. On the other hand, Chevrolet is testing an off-road specialist. The ZR2 version of Silverado 1500. Like for the rest of the lineup, these two performance-oriented pickups will have their own battle.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Verdict
Raptor will rule the off-road truck segment for some while, that is certain. With the new changes, Ford will cement that place. Still, the new unit will increase the price, that is what we expect. Currently, the truck costs $53,200. The new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will start above $55,000.
However, there are a couple of questions regarding the performance. A V8 is definitely an improvement. But, how it is going to fit with off-road equipment and capabilities.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Release Date
The arrival of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor depends on the development of the new engine. We believe the company will speed things up and make its truck available before the competition comes out with their off-road trucks. Still, the precise schedule is not set yet and we could see the new Raptor in the second half of 2021. Detroit Auto Show is a perfect spot for the debut.
Of course, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will use the 4×4 drive and Fox shocks. Although it is much cheaper than the Limited model, fans of the truck are looking for its capabilities, rather than equipment. Still, the Raptor is going to offer special bedliner, advanced safety features, and Sync3 system. B&O audio and an 8-inch screen are optional upgrades.