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2021 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R off-road pickup truck design

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor made its big debut today. The new pickup truck promises new levels of off-road capability with its trick new Fox shocks, as well as optional 37-inch tires. But some would argue that it’s missing something: an engine powerful enough to eclipse the 702 horsepower Ram TRX. Because truck customers can never have too much power or capabilities. That’s probably why Ram chirped at Ford’s Twitter page the other day. Because, at least for this year, the TRX remains the power and cylinder-count King of the Dinosaurs. That may soon change with the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R.

The design sketch above may tease the 2022 Ford Raptor R. Compared to the standard F-150 Raptor that was previewed today, it features red extraction hooks, and two letterbox slits above the grille, which could signal improved airflow for a certain supercharged engine: the 5.2L Predator V8 with what’s expected to be around 760 horsepower, as seen in the S550 Mustang Shelby GT500.

According to a report from Roadshow, the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R may not even be road legal, citing an industry analyst. The report outlines a few reasons for this.

The first, it’s speculated, is that the Ford Raptor R will be able to integrate more motorsport-oriented safety measures, such as a five-point harness, a roll cage, racing seats, and perhaps even deleting the airbags. Airbags have a risk of deploying during the violent and sudden events that happen during hard off-roading, so replacing them with harnesses and roll cages might be the smart move.

Secondly, designating the F-150 Raptor R as an ORV could potentially allow for more creative freedom around pesky bumper-height regulations, pedestrian impact regulations, exhaust noise requirements, or factory beadlock wheels.

Thirdly, the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R may get single-digit fuel economy numbers if it were to go through EPA testing. Especially if there’s a Predator V8 under the hood. That doesn’t mash up very well with Ford’s CAFE targets, nor does it necessarily mash up with the philosophies of the Biden Administration.

Update: Ford has clarified to The Drive that the 2022 Ford Raptor R will indeed be street legal. So there’s no need to worry. Perhaps some intel got cross-wired, and there’s something still off-road only in the works, but we can’t say either way.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor F-22 Design
Image via Ford.

What actually powers the Raptor R remains unconfirmed by Ford, but does actually support the claim that the Ford F-150 Raptor will offer two engines. Just not in the base 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, as was eluded by an early dealer order guide leak, and verified by today’s unveiling.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor features the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with a special exhaust system that truly allows the off-road pickup truck to clear its throat with the press of the throttle.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R is rumored to be a limited-edition super truck, and will likely have the price tag to support this. Consider that its only rival, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, comes in at basically $70,000, while the second-generation Raptor can be had for over $16,500 less. Pricing on the 2021 F-150 Raptor hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we can be sure that it will likely undercut the might 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R when we learn more about this awesome new truck later this year.

2021 2022 2023 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor
Image via Ford.

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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