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The Third-Gen Raptor Will Have A TRX Slaying Supercharged V8, But That’s An Optional Engine

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Not long after the debut of the 702 horsepower 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, executives from FCA hinted that there would be a less-agro version of this sand blasting super truck. Because even as its performance numbers help justify its $70,000+ price tag, it doesn’t mean that it will be able to have the sales volume and mass appeal of less powerful off-road trucks, such as the outgoing Ford Raptor, which starts nearly $20,000 beneath it. To combat this, Ram is likely going to offer a non-supercharged Hemi version of its new off-road truck. Just the same, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will also have two engines, and likely for the same reason.

2020 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
Ford F-150 Raptor

According to (mostly accurate) TFL, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will enter the arena with a 3.0L EcoBoost V6 hybrid powertrain. Nicknamed “Powerboost HO,” according to TFL, it’s speculated that this power unit will be borrowed from the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring with surprisingly radical power numbers: 496 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. That would blast away the numbers found in the outgoing 3.5L EcoBoost V6-powered Raptor, by 46 hp and 90 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid unit is also capable of all-electric mode. Ford could even make more power than this, in theory, should they use a bigger engine than the 3.0L. Instinct tells us that this would be the case, as truck buyers hate being short-changed on things like displacement, let alone cylinder count. Which brings us to the next item on the list: an optional 5.2L Predator supercharged V8 engine straight out of the S550 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

The Predator V8 engine was already reported not long ago, but the latest TFL news paints a clearer picture. This will be the Raptor’s secret weapon against the Ram 1500 TRX, with around 760 horsepower – more than the already insane 702 horsepower found in the Mopar truck. However, this super truck will reportedly be made and sold in limited numbers. Ram isn’t doing this.

That being the case, we can expect a significant price gap between the Powerboost HO Ford F-150 Raptor and the Predator V8 F-150 Raptor. The former will likely start between $50,000-$60,000, along the range of the outgoing Raptor. And the latter will likely take things north of $70,000, where the Hellcat-powered TRX is stickered at. We’re not even counting the Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition, which carries an MSRP of over $90,000. It sold out in just three hours.

While this news is plenty exciting for disciples of the Blue Oval, FCA will likely counter what Ford is doing in the not-too-distant future. Recall early reports of some TRX prototypes testing with Hellcat Redeye and Demon supercharged V8 engines. If this turns out to be true, we could see a future Ram truck with around 800 horsepower. And more power is exactly what customers want.

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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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