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The Offroad Icon Is Starting Its Hunt For the TRX

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor draws inspiration from the F-22 Fighter Jet.
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It appears that the first batches of third-generation Ford F-150 Raptor pickup trucks have made their way to dealerships under the cover of night.

Reported by The Drive, a dealership in Louisiana has received a 2021 Ford Raptor and immediately marked it up 10 racks, pushing an $80,000 truck north of $90,000.

Ridiculous but unsurprising given the current state of the market

We can sit here and talk about how the mark-up is part of the ongoing chip shortage, which has been kneecapping automakers left and right, but we already know this. The bigger question is: how the hell did a Bayou dealer get a new Ford Raptor so quickly?

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor 37-inch tire package
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It’s unknown! Quick to the punchline as I am, there’s currently no answer out there as to how this Raptor ended up in the nation’s boot. Regardless, this specific model does not boast a bunch of add ons, but it is rocking the Bang and Olufsen speaker package, the trailer tech package and the standard 35” KO2. Lest we forget, this gen of raptor has an optional 37” Tire package. I’m sure adding another $5k to that already steep $65k starting price

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Trucks Sneak Into Dealer Lots

Naturally, this 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is it’s not the only one for sale in the country. Few have been officially confirmed deliveries, but you throw 2021 Ford F150 Raptor in CarGurus, and you get stock photo and “Vehicle In Transit” listings to the tune if just under 150 in total. 

Whatever the reason may be, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is sure to bring a ton of hype, before the Raptor R and its supercharged V8 emerges from the shadows.

New Ford Raptor Details

When equipped with 35-inch tires, the wheel travel on the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is an incredible 14 inches at the front and 15 inches at the rear. This is thanks to a new set of Fox Live Valve Shocks comprised of massive 3.1-inch-diameter anodized aluminum shock bodies filled with all-new low-friction shock fluid specially designed to decrease frictional losses inside the damper for improved off and on-road comfort. New electronically controlled base valves are race-proven with an upgraded design enabling upward of 1,000 pounds of damping per corner at desert speeds.

Fun fact: the new Raptor can jump so well that Ford has to redesign its tabletop ramps used for developing the truck.

If you fully load up a 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor on the configurator, you’ll be looking at an MSRP of $86,195 including destination charges. That is a lot of money, especially considering you can get a well-equipped Ram 1500 TRX for similar cash. That said, the Raptor has amassed a huge following of loyal fans, so we’re sure that won’t be a huge problem for Ford. If that is a bit too much money for your taste, you can always look at Ford’s other off-road oriented F-150 model: the Tremor.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor 35-inch 37-inch tire package
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Written by Kyle D

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