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Seven years ago, the Ford F-150 Raptor superpickup changed from a naturally aspirated V8 to a V6 biturbo engine, which caused outrage among buyers and enthusiasts, although in fact the car only became more powerful and dynamic. Market demand quickly arose to rebuild standard Raptors, so many tuning companies began to offer the installation of canonical V8 engines. Ford itself did not stand aside, laying two engine options in the project of the new Raptor. The basic version with a V6 biturbo engine debuted a year and a half ago, and now the most extreme Ford F-150 Raptor R with a G8 under the hood is presented.

Since even the starting V6 3.5 EcoBoost engine in the Raptor produces a hefty 456 hp. and 691 Nm, then the eight-cylinder aspirated for the top version could no longer get off. The Predator has been adapted for the new pickup truck, that is, a small-scale V8 5.2 engine with an Eaton drive supercharger – such units have been installed on Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 supercars since 2019. Of course, the calibrations have been revised, and in addition, the characteristics have changed. If the Mustang has this engine developing 771 hp. and 847 Nm, then the pickup performance is 710 hp. and 868 Nm.

The ten-speed “automatic” and all-wheel drive transmission are the same as those of the base Raptor (even all gear ratios are retained), but pointwise reinforced. For example, a more durable torque converter was installed and the diameter of the drive shafts was increased. The same approach is in the case of the chassis: due to the heavier engine, the stiffness of the front springs has been increased by 5%, fine tuning has been revised. But in general, the suspension with omnivorous Fox LiveValve shock absorbers remained the same.

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The eight-cylinder Raptor R comes standard with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 37-inch OD tires, while the six-cylinder machines are optional (standard tires are 35 inches). With such “bast shoes”, the pickup truck has a ground clearance of 333 mm and an enviable off-road geometry: the approach angle is 33.1 degrees, the exit angle is 24.9 degrees.

From the outside, the Raptor R can be distinguished from the regular Raptor in only a few details. For example, the hump of the air duct on the hood has become 25 mm higher, an additional “R” nameplate has appeared on the radiator grille, and all the “Raptor” lettering on the body (including large decals that rely on by default) are made with a single orange letter R. The interior is decorated with inserts “under carbon fiber”.

US dealers have already opened the call for applications for Ford F-150 Raptor R pickups, but sales will not begin until the end of the year. The price has not yet been announced, although the premium for the V8 engine is expected to be considerable. The base Raptor now starts at $70,600 in the US.

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