Raptor rapture returns in the form of this latest-generation performance pickup truck.
The range-topping Raptor is back, an all-new model based on the current generation Ford F-150. This week, Ford introduced its capstone model, set for an early summer debut as a 2021 model. While some of the engine details aren’t clear, a high-output version of Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine will once again move this performance truck. Ford also said that an even more powerful variant, the Raptor R, will roll out next year.
The Raptor has long been the most off-road capable pickup truck in the world, although the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX with its supercharged V8 engine is now the most powerful. That’s where we believe the future Raptor R will fit in, although those details are not yet known.
To prime the Raptor pump, our photo essay offers details on what we know about this pickup truck. Each photo is captioned; we’ll conclude with our usual model summation.
All in all, the latest Raptor fulfills its mission in a special way. However, the shadow of the 1500 TRX looms large, the first-ever true challenger for this burly pickup truck. Again, we’ll have to wait a year to see the Raptor R in action, what promises to raise this battle to a deliciously intoxicating level.
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