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2021 FORD F-150 RAPTOR TEASED BEFORE BIG DEBUT FEBRUARY 3

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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Teaser Video Enter Sandman Metallica off-road performance truck
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor teased.

When the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX debuted last year with a dramatic video, the song of choice was a cover of “Mr. Sandman,” as the 702 hp Hellcat truck jumped, drifted and otherwise demonstrated dominance over desert dunes. Now it’s Ford’s turn. The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is debuting next week on Wednesday, February 3. And it was officially teased this afternoon via the quick video below. The song of choice? “Enter Sandman,” by Metallica. Touché, Ford.

For now, details such as horsepower, torque, approach/departure angles, and what’s under the hood remains under the lid. But today, we can enjoy a little teaser of that imposing front fascia. Like before, cab lights are present and accounted for, arguably in a more prominent fashion than before. The design seems to blend the best elements of the standard F-150 fascia, yellow DRLs included. And, like the previous-generation Raptors, the fascia goes totally black, and we can faintly make out the “FORD” grille that the brand started doing in 2010. Other brands have since started to copy this look.

The off-road pickup truck market has seen a surge in popularity over the past five years, with new offerings seemingly popping up every year since. Which is arguably pioneered by the Ford F-150 Raptor. Brands like Jeep, Chevrolet, and Ram have attempted to capture this magic by offering off-road pickup trucks that either orbit around the Raptor’s position in the US market, or attempt to go after it directly. As it stands, the Ram 1500 TRX is the closest direct competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor. That said, the Hellcat V8 in the Ram far and away clears whatever power offering we’ve previously seen in any production Ford truck, and its price reflects this. Jeep and Chevrolet float a little farther away from the Raptor, with both the Gladiator Mojave and Colorado ZR2 being midsize truck offerings, at a lower price point, and with less power.

Will the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor be everything it needs to be to leapfrog the Ram TRX? Stay tuned.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition Hellcat Pickup Truck
Photo via FCA

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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