The next generation of the world’s best-selling pickup truck is on its way. Most likely, we will see it already in the first half of the next year, as Ford’s response to recently redesigned rivals. Along with standard models, we also expect to see a new version of the super-capable Raptor trim. Naturally, we count on a bunch of novelties that will improve overall performances, but it looks like there is much more to come that we would normally expect, as there is a completely new, much different engine to come. At this point, there are two possibilities and both include eight cylinders. Besides the new engine, we are about to see a whole palette of novelties, starting from a new look, suspension setup and much more. The new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8 is expected to arrive in the second half of the next year.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8 Engine
There’s no doubt that a new engine will be the most important novelty for the next year. The current model comes with a pretty capable turbo V6, which delivers a full 450 horsepower. With such numbers, the Raptor is already an impressive performer. However, the company wants to offer even more, something much more terrific. Of course, the main reason lays in the expected Ram Rebel TRX, which has been rumored to come with a Hellcat engine and the Blue Oval Company wants to retain dominance in the segment.
Therefore, there is no doubt that we are about to see eight cylinders under the hood and purists will definitely like this. According to the latest reports, the biggest chances are to see the same 5.2-liter Supercharged V8 that was designed for the new GT 500. The engine is still waiting for the debut, but the latest reports are suggesting it will feature way over 700 horsepower, which promises terrific performances.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8 Engine – HD Alternative?
According to Ford Authority, there is also a chance to see a new 7.3-liter V8 engine under the hood of 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8. This engine was designed for Super Duty models and in the current version, it delivers around 430 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
Given the engine’s size, there is no doubt that this engine has plenty of potentials to deliver significantly more power. Direct changes on the engine are possible, but we could also see a Supercharger or even a turbocharger. Still, Shelby’s engine looks much more likely to us.
Naturally, the upcoming redesign will bring novelties to the whole lineup, including the Raptor. Still, there is a number of features that will be reserved exclusively for the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8. This particularly refers to mechanics and suspension setup in particular.
Of course, we are about to see various off-road goodies, but the testing model also hides the rear axle, which clearly indicates that we are going to see some interesting novelties. Most likely, the solid axle will remain, but it looks like we are about to see some air components and similar things.
When it comes to base design characteristics, we presume that the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8 will continue the evolution of the revolution that has started with the last redesign. This particularly refers to materials, as the current F-150 uses a lot of aluminum, HSS and other lightweight materials. This resulted in significant weight reduction, so we do not doubt that the next-generation model will continue to develop in the same direction.
The same thing goes for styling. The new model will keep a familiar layout, with major changes only at the front. Of course, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8 will come with a bunch of exclusive details, just like the current models. This particularly refers to the grille, bumpers and other areas that are characterized by attractive black plastic surfaces.
On the inside, we expect to see a little bit of different story. The Raptor has always been a well-equipped truck, despite its rugged nature. Therefore, we expect the same from the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8. So, one of the biggest changes should be the introduction of a new infotainment system and a huge touchscreen on the center stack, which will rival Ram 1500’s new interior. Of course, this would include a new dashboard layout as well, particularly in terms of the use of new, higher-quality materials and new aesthetics. Other than that, the cabin overall layout shouldn’t change drastically.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8 Release Date and Price
The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V8 is expected to come sometime in the second half of the next year. The current model features the starting price that goes just slightly under 50.000 dollars. Still, if we consider the new, much bigger engine, the new model will probably cost more.