Earlier this week, Ford unveiled the refreshed 2024 F-150 and a slew of upgrades for their off-road focused trims, the Tremor and the Raptor. All upgrades were done to ensure they remain competitive in an ever-growing market of off-road capable vehicles straight from the factory. However, while the company mentioned some details about the upcoming refresh for the recently arrived F-150 Raptor R, some surprises remain a secret.
2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R Aims To Make Over 700 HP
While Ford Performance has upgraded a number of the components, like the suspension system and exterior appearance, among other things, to boost the off-road capability, something that makes the upcoming Ford F-150 Raptor R refresh even more exciting is the fact that Ford Performance aims to make it the most potent off-road truck ever. Currently, the Raptor R produces 700 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 5.2-liter V8. Yes, that is the same engine found on the previous generation Ford Mustang GT500, though the power output differs as the Mustang makes 760 horsepower.
That difference is due to the Raptor R focusing on off-road performance, where torque is more important than ponies. However, there are ambitions within the performance division of Ford to bring that output even higher, which would make it the most powerful off-road truck ever thanks to the current reigning champion, the Ram 1500 TRX, which has 702 horsepower, just two more than the current Raptor R, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to surpass. More so, Ram will discontinue the TRX after the 2024 model year. That means that, by process of elimination, the Ford F-150 Raptor R would become the most powerful off-road truck that customers could buy. But who wants to settle for that when there’s the potential to set a new record and obtain a pretty epic title along the way?
Ford is bringing a modular front bumper to the refreshed F-150 Raptor, and we imagine that it’ll come to the Raptor R as well once that refresh is announced, which should bring even more off-road capability to the game thanks to the tire having easier access to obstacles. Additionally, Ford engineers are adding new symmetrical hood graphics along with blackout tape micro-texture paired with Code Orange coloring to create an unforgettable theme and ensure everyone knows that this truck is part of the Raptor family, not that it’s too difficult to figure out with the available 37-inch tires.