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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

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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