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And It Sounds Different

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

The first-generation Ford F-150 Raptor pioneered a new segment of performance truck a whole decade ago. No longer was it about the so-called muscle truck like the GMC Syclone or Dodge Ram SRT-10. Instead, it was more about having a powerful truck that could send it through the sand dunes and the trails further than any other truck before it. Fast forward 10 years, and we’ve got a flourishing off-road American truck scene. From the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 to the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX to the Ford Super Duty Tremor, there seems to be a fun truck for just about any lifestyle. But the Raptor is still seen as the benchmark, and the icon. And Ford is about to respond to the market in kind with an all-new model.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was absent from the all-new truck’s debut this past June. At first, it appeared as if we’d have to wait a little while for the next installment of Ford’s funnest 4×4. But Ford assured the world that a 2021 Raptor is coming, and F-150 Gen14 was able to publish a breakthrough video of the new truck in action on public roads.

Primarily, the beginning of the video hints at one thing major: that EcoBoost V6 sound is gone. At least, the way it used to sound is gone. While the driver made sure to not give away too much by flooring it away from the paparazzi, the internet is debating whether or not there’s actually a V8 engine under the hood. At least, the exhaust note is lower than the 2020 Raptor.

This was a sore point for the (outgoing) second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor. It had the looks, the attitude, the power, the capabilities and the clout… but it didn’t have the eight-cylinder soundtrack that gung-ho truck enthusiasts demand. But the 2021 F-150 Raptor is playing a new song, and it sounds a lot like the the tune that helped make it so famous in the first place. We can’t wait for this thing to break cover.

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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