Ford rates the engine described above as having 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. For those keeping track, that is 60 fewer horsepower and 15 more pound-feet of torque than the engine’s counterpart in the GT500. With the supercharger improvements, Ford claims it has pushed the torque curve downward and towards lower rpms, which accounts for the new preference for torque over peak horsepower. Of course, with these figures, it falls just short of the Ram 1500 TRX’s output of 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Ford does not get to claim the title of “most powerful,” but it does claim that its off-road truck has the “highest torque dense engine.” As a refresher, the Ford V8 is a 5.2-liter engine, whereas the Ram’s Hellcat engine is a 6.2-liter, therefore it produces significantly less power than the Ram. You’re out of luck if you wanted acceleration numbers. Ford is keeping quiet about the Raptor R’s potential alone or in comparison to the Raptor fueled by EcoBoost. All it would say is that the Raptor R is a lot faster than the standard Raptor, which is obvious.
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Beyond the engine, the Raptor R has undergone a host of other improvements. Instead of the 7-speed dual-clutch auto from the Mustang, the 10-speed automatic from the F-150 is still in use in this situation. The 10-speed auto, however, has been improved to increase performance. Ford claims to have upgraded the torque converter with a heavy-duty turbine damper and a four-pinion rear output assembly. This is designed to give the powertrain a smoother feel both on and off the road. Additionally, Ford has altered the calibration of the transmission, promising incredibly rapid changes both up and down the gearbox.
Ford added a new front axle with a higher-strength carrier casting and an aluminum-ribbed structural cover to accommodate the extra power. Additionally, a new, larger-diameter aluminium driveshaft is being used. Ford is using the same suspension and chassis components as the Raptor with an EcoBoost V6 engine. To better accommodate a truck with this much power and to account for the 80–100 extra pounds of weight the R adds over the original Raptor, the Fox Live Valve shocks and coil springs have been retuned. The Raptor R’s curb weight is 5,950 pounds, which is around 400 pounds less than a TRX.
On the V6 Raptor, the enormous 37-inch tyres are an option, but on the Raptor R, they come as standard. This indicates that your front and rear wheel travel is both 13 inches and 14.1 inches, respectively. Ford guarantees that the V6 Raptor meets all of your essential off-roading specifications, including approach, departure, and breakover angles. The Raptor R is also no larger in size than a regular Raptor. Every spec (height, breadth, length, etc.) is the same since Ford determined that it didn’t need to be any bigger than it already was with 37-inch tyres. Instead of dramatically showcasing it, the plan was to keep it identical to the normal Raptor.
Given the foregoing, there are several visual differences you’ll see with the R right away. Ford adds a Code Orange R badge to the grille and paints several previously non-blacked-out components black, including the bumpers, fender flares, and the grille. In addition to a logo that says “Supercharged V8,” the hood has a bulge that is an inch taller than the V6 Raptor’s. If you look closely, Ford’s graphic design is simply an array of 8s. On the bedside, the same graphic pattern is repeated, and the shattered bits are intended to imitate the fractured desert earth that the Raptor R will be most comfortable in.
There will be eight exterior colour options available, however the Raptor R will only offer Avalanche Gray and Azure Gray Tri-Coat. Antimatter Blue can be seen in these reveal images as well. The inside has undergone very little alteration. Ford only offers one inside colour option for the Raptor R: all-black. Recaro seats are included as standard, and the only trim choice is a distinctive tri-axial carbon fibre weave. Code Orange stitching, trim, and the model name stitched on the seats and armrest serve as accents throughout.