For 2023, Ford will offer the incredibly powerful F-150 Raptor R. A 5.2-liter V-8 Predator engine with 700 horsepower supercharged from the Mustang GT500 powers the Raptor R. A 9.75-inch rear axle with a 4:10:1 locking rear differential that is electronically controlled will be standard underneath the vehicle.
Ford provides the R with firmer front springs and specially tuned dampers to handle the added weight in addition to 37-inch tires as standard equipment. The interior of a Raptor R is accented with carbon fiber as standard, and the front seats are upholstered in Recaro leather and microsuede.
Only the SuperCrew crew-cab body option of the F-150 Raptor is available. The choice between the more powerful V-8 R model and the more inexpensive EcoBoost V-6 model is difficult. The Raptor R’s base price is around 40% more expensive than the Raptor’s base price, according to the math, but it also produces about 55% more horsepower.
The decision is obvious if you want peak performance and terrifying acceleration. By choosing the R package, you can also get Raptor R graphics, appliques, and badging in addition to more choices like the Raptor Carbon Fiber Package. The cherry on top is the beautiful V-8 supercharger’s howl.
Performance – Engine, Transmission
Ford’s 450-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is housed beneath the F-150 Raptor’s redesigned hood, which now has a noticeable heat extractor. It exhales through a brand-new, 3.0-inch exhaust system that, according to reports, improves the truck’s V-6 sound.
The engine is still paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, which powers an all-wheel-drive system that is standard. Just wait if that isn’t enough for you. Even more of a predator is the Raptor R. It employs a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine from the Shelby GT500 with 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque.
Every Raptor has a sophisticated suspension system that features five-link rear coil springs and bigger internal-bypass dampers.
On even the most hazardous terrain, the model we tested demonstrated the truck’s exceptional traction and ride quality.
The Raptor is also available with a set of 37-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires for better approach, departure, and breakover angles as well as ground clearance that rises from 12.0 to 13.1 inches, in addition to other chassis improvements, a variety of 17-inch rims, and a standard set of 35-inch tires. BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires measuring 37 inches are standard equipment on the Raptor R.
Capacity for Towing and Payload
More weight can be hauled than before by the F-150 Raptor. It gains 200 pounds in both its maximum payload and conventional tow ratings, bringing them to 1400 and 8200 pounds, respectively.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
Up to 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway are the ratings for the F-150 Raptor. If you choose the larger 37-inch tires, your mileage will drop to 14 city and 16 highway. Predictably, the Raptor R with a V-8 engine gets the lowest estimations at 10 city and 15 highway mpg.
We can assess its actual mpg after we have the chance to test one on our 75 mph highway trip. Visit the EPA website for additional information about the fuel efficiency of the F-150 Raptor.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
The inside of the Raptor shares the same layout and room for passengers as the standard F-150 SuperCrew. The 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster is a standard feature of the high-performance model, which also has additional internal storage and, according to Ford, finer materials.
The new steering wheel still includes conspicuous aluminum paddle shifters hidden beneath the spokes, but it now sports a laser-etched emblem and an orange symbol reminiscent of a race car at the 12 o’clock position. The Raptor is offered with optional carbon-fiber interior elements and more aggressively bolstered Recaro front buckets in addition to the basic aluminum interior décor.
The high-flying pickup won’t be available in the extended cab (also known as SuperCab) body style anymore. The SuperCrew crew cab version at least has roomier back seats. The 5.5-foot cargo box fits with it.
Connectivity and Information
A massive 12.0-inch touchscreen that supports the truck’s standard Sync 4 infotainment system dominates the Raptor’s dashboard. It has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the ability to communicate with Amazon Alexa and get over-the-air updates.
We also appreciate that Ford added actual volume and tuning knobs to go along with the voice commands and steering-wheel controls. The 18-speaker B&O sound system is available for those who want to enhance their listening experience.
A helpful 2.0-kW transportable generator that can power tools and other equipment may also be added to the Raptor. It is positioned in the cargo bed.