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2021 FORD F-150 RAPTOR ECOBOOST V6 HORSEPOWER AND TORQUE SPECS LEAKED?

Ford’s Own Towing Guide May Have Discreetly Disclosed The Raptor’s Output

Ford F-150 Raptor Outjumps the Ram 1500 TRX
Screenshot Via Instagram.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is launching this summer, and the automaker is doing it’s very best to mitigate the ongoing microchip shortage it faces to deliver the performance truck to customers on time and without fail. Yet despite being such an imminent event, Ford Performance has remained tight-lipped on just what kind of horsepower and torque customers can expect from the 2021 Raptor’s 3.5L high output EcoBoost V6 engine. However, per the company’s official towing guide, we may just have a peek at the official numbers.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Horsepower And Torque Ratings

Per TFL, the high-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that’s nestled in the engine bay of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor produces 450 horsepower @ 5,850 RPM, and 510 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 RPM. Raptor fans will notice that these numbers appear unchanged from before, but the power band is slightly different. The calibration for the 2021 F-150 Raptor appears to deliver peak torque at 3,000 RPM instead of 3,500 rpm, and peak horsepower at 5,850 RPM. All power will be sent to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The world still waits to see the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor 0-60 time, as well as its top speed, 60-0 braking distance, and other performance metrics. Otherwise, it’s already been confirmed that Ford’s now-iconic off-road pickup truck has a max payload of 1,400 lbs, and a max tow rating of 8,200 lbs. The 2021 Raptor comes exclusively in crew cab (aka SuperCrew) configuration, with a 5.5-foot truck bed.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Jump Suspension Fox Valve dampers passive bypass
Image via Ford

2021 Ram 1500 TRX vs 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor: A Clear Horsepower Per Dollar Ratio Winner

When the 702 horsepower Ram 1500 TRX broke cover last year, folks were pretty astonished at the price: $70,095 plus $1,695 destination, totaling $71,790 for a pickup truck. However, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor price isn’t exactly what you’d call frugal, either, at $64,145 plus $1,695 in destination. Both of them can flog rocky, uneven terrain like no other production vehicle, and both can jump tabletop ramps like their lives depended on it. But, when it comes to which truck is offering the most horsepower (and cylinder count) for he money, there’s a clear winner.

On top of offering the utilities of a pickup truck, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX offers a dollar per horsepower ratio of almost exactly 100:1. That’s $100 USD for every horsepower. The new Ford Raptor asks 142 of your American dollars for every horsepower (should the towing guide leak go on to be confirmed). One could argue that you’re paying for the name, and the two generations of knowledge that Ford has on the Ram, but we’re not sure if high-output truck customers are looking at things in such a way.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Hellcat pickup truck
Image copyright Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Don’t Forget About The F-150 Raptor R

We’ll end on this cliffhanger: the Ford F-150 Raptor R has yet to debut. When it does, it’s expected to feature the 5.2L supercharged V8 engine from the S550 Mustang GT500, otherwise known as the Predator engine. This fire-breathing, growling monster of a machine is rated at 760 horsepower in the GT500, which, of course, is a step above the Hellcat engine found in the TRX.

We await the continued absurdities.

2021 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R off-road pickup truck design

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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