It appears Ford is about to throw down the gauntlet and slam another V-8 engine into the Raptor pickup. That might sound surprising to anyone who knows the second-gen EcoBoost V-6 version of the truck is actually considerably quicker than the first-gen with the big V-8. Supposedly, Ford isn’t going to stick just any 8-cylinder engine in the Raptor, but instead will use the same powerplant found in the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.
That would mean a supercharged 5.2-liter Voodoo V-8 with over 700 horsepower for the Raptor. There’s a chance the 7.3-liter Godzilla V-8 from the Super Duty lineup will be dropped in the Raptor. The whole reason for this rumored move is the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX in the works. Yes, we are in the midst of an interesting and possibly legendary pickup truck war.
Supposedly this ultra-Raptor will be coming out next year or maybe in the early part of 2021. It would be the last hoorah for the current-gen F-150, and what a way to celebrate the truck.
This rumor about the Raptor has been spreading like wildfire since Car and Driver picked it up back in March. A recent report from Ford Authority claims the rumors are true, citing unnamed sources. That’s not as solid as Ford brass telling someone in the media such a truck is coming, but it’s as good as we’re going to get at the moment.
Source: Ford Authority