V8-powered 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R spied testing alongside Ram TRX
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Spy photographers captured Ford engineers testing a 2022 F-150 Raptor R alongside a Ram TRX this week, giving us a preview of the first major battle in the coming war for super pickup dominance.
Ford has always stayed up to date with the latest Raptor R performance. All we know is that it is powered by a V8 (likely a variant of the 760-horsepower, turbocharged 5.2-liter power unit found on the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500) and that there will be a break in cover later this year. Given that the 702-hp Ram TRX will be the Raptor R's only competition (and pretty much the only reason it even exists), Ford's decision to rate the fast Ram is a no-brainer.
The Blue Oval's performance engineers have years of experience building high-performance off-road trucks. Despite Ram's first strike advantage and Hellcat trump card, the TRX could actually be the underdog in this fight. Why? Well, based on what we've seen so far about the EcoBoost-powered 2021 Raptor, it should weigh at least 500 to 600 pounds less than the TRX, and while we expect that gap to narrow with the addition of the larger motor, if so, it is likely that Ford will still favor it, and perhaps significantly.
While the larger, supercharged V8 certainly weighs more than the EcoBoost V6, it's still an all-aluminum engine (all SRT engines are based on cast iron blocks), and Ford still has the advantage of its lightweight body panels. The Raptor R's landing gear modifications will likely include more than a new set of engine mount points, as the existing Raptor isn't rated for an 800-horsepower engine, but even with the landing gear modifications required for that power, we expect the Raptor R to be the featherweight of the two be.
With Ford planning to bring the Raptor R into production for model year 2022, we shouldn't have to wait much longer to find out exactly how it performs against Ram's big dinosaur. Stay tuned.
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