Like its name suggests, this truck is a predator.
The Ford F-150 Raptor is a great way to get the full package in a performance truck with minimal effort, and it always has been, but now, the Raptor is even better, and Ford continues to improve the F-150 Raptor to be faster, easier, and more fun to drive. With state of the art components, and loads of electronics and technology on board, the Raptor is a truck that is made ready for you to enjoy to the fullest straight out of the dealership, whether that be on the road or in the wild. Its twin-turbo V6 comes with 450 horsepower, and its suspension, tires, transmission and brakes match that power perfectly to create a well-crafted and well thought out truck that’s built to impress. Better yet, all of these perks come with the Ford Raptor MSRP starting at $68,675. Not only do you have a truck that is already equipped with beastly looks and performance like a custom truck, but the Ford Raptor price is also much less expensive than the total costs of buying and customizing a truck would be.
Ford Raptor Price
Many truck enthusiasts consider it a bargain to find a custom Ford Raptor for sale. The cost to modify a Ford F-150 to this level would cost twice the Ford Raptor price. That is because Ford is one of the largest automakers in the world, and their leverage makes the suppliers subservient in terms of cost. Walk into any Ford dealer and you can haggle about the Ford Raptor MSRP of $68,675. As the flagship of the F-150 series, there are not many options. The Ford Raptor arrives ready to jump headlong into an off-road adventure.
Now that we have entered the 3rd generation, the Raptor truck price is determined by modifications and mileage. Given the affordable Ford Raptor MSRP, many owners are inclined to add exhaust, intake, and auxiliary lighting to every Ford Raptor.
Ford Raptor Review
From 2010 to 2014, the Ford Raptor review was that of a 6.2L V8 with suspension upgrades. They were essentially beefed up F-150 models. The real Ford Raptor arrived in 2017. While it vaguely resembles a stock F-150, the changes to hardware and software are immense. Excellent manners on the road are provided by Fox Racing. Working as the OEM supplier, they were given an immense task to give the truck a dual-sport nature. Forged aluminum suspension components are used to keep unsprung weight down, and the aluminum body was a first in the truck market.
Driving a Raptor is pure excitement. When the transmission downshifts from 10th to 4th, the turbos spool and you accelerate like a bird of prey. This truck was built to conquer tough terrain, so it has roll and inclination displays on the dash. Shift into low range and keep the boost on and you will be king of the mountain.
Ever evolving, the 2021 Ford Raptor discontinued the ancient leaf springs. A new 5-link rear suspension allows more travel and articulation. With the ability to easily handle 37″ tires, the Fox Live Valve suspension was tuned for the Baja 1000 endurance race. They are rated for 1,000 lbs of dampening at each corner, an order of magnitude better than other half-ton truck
Ford Raptor Specs
Under the fancy fenders and bright graphics, the Ford Raptor is an F-150 truck. At least that’s what it says on the title. Starting at the most fundamental level, the frame is not shared with any other truck. The Ford Raptor specs start with high-strength steel that is boxed the entire length. The suspension mounts are double shear with gussets. In fact, the Ford Raptor specs have more in common with heavy-duty F250 and F350 models.
Because of the heavy-duty axles and driveshafts, the Ford Raptor top speed is limited to 107 mph. Specs for the street don’t matter much when you are conquering unknown terrain. Nevertheless, it is quick for being a full-size truck. Running a 13 second 1/4 mile is impressive as it is faster than many classic muscle cars. Opting for the big tires, you will have 13.1″ of static ground clearance along with 25% more suspension travel than the first-generation Raptor trucks.
- Price: $52,855
- Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6
- Transmission: 10-speed automatic
- Horsepower: 450 hp
- Torque: 510 lb-ft
- 0-60 mph: 5.4s
- 1/4 mile: 13.9 @ 97.3 mph
- Top Speed: 107 mph
- Weight: 5,508 lbs
Ford Raptor Engine
As the 2nd generation of the EcoBoost V6, the Ford Raptor engine has both port and direct injection. It uses the venerable Duratec bottom end, and assembly takes place at the historic Cleveland engine plant. Both turbochargers are computer-controlled, reacting much faster than a vacuum reference. They use hardened compressor and turbine wheels to offer 16 lbs of boost. Each head has dual overhead cams with 4 valves per cylinder.
It is also driven by a dedicated timing chain for years of smooth running. The cams are hollow and work on roller-tip followers. With a compression ratio of 10:1, it is designed for premium fuel only. Each piston is cooled by an oil squirter to prevent detonation and damage. The firing order is the only major grievance, as the V6 design makes an unpleasant exhaust note. Even with the funky soundtrack, the Ford Raptor mpg stays between 15 and 18 miles per gallon.
The third generation of the venerable 3.5-liter has more low-end torque and a revised cooling system. Now fitted with dual-exhaust, a trombone loop is activated for more flow and a throaty growl. These upgrades allowed the towing rating to be revised, as the Raptor truck is now able to tow 8,200 lbs.
More power was promised in early 2021 with the announcement of the 2022 Ford Raptor R. This limited-run signals the return of the V8-powered Ford Raptor. The real question is if it will be based on the 5.0 V8 or the 5.2 that we last saw in the Shelby Mustang. This will allow the Ford Raptor horsepower to be competitive against other V8-powered half-tons.
Ford Raptor Transmission
In a quest to meet a new decade of fuel economy standards, the unthinkable happened. General Motors and Ford collaborated on an indestructible 10-speed automatic. The Ford Raptor transmission is state-of-the-art. It uses a triple-clutch assembly on the intermediate shaft. This allows for close gear ratios and quick shifting.
For a fun demonstration of power, manually shift into 6th gear (1:1) and watch the boost roll on for a great highway pull. It has proved so resilient that only a few minor upgrades were needed for the Super Duty series. If you want to get down and dirty, the electronic transfer case can shift to a low-range of 2.64:1 at the push of a button. The automatic transmission in the Raptor truck has proven to be bulletproof in races and running errands. It was a joint project by GM and Ford, with each brand offering insights for performance and long life.
Ford Raptor Interior
To keep you feeling comfortable, no expense was spared in the Ford Raptor interior. All seats are leather, with heat and ventilated Recaros up front. The carpets are well insulated from heat and sound, and the panoramic roof has a powered shade. Passengers are treated to multiple USB ports and a 120-volt AC inverter. There is no doubt that rear-seat passengers are treated like royalty, so the Ford Raptor interior is great for families.
Ford Raptor Brakes
Many 4WD enthusiasts never upgrade their brakes, because their hobby is not a fast one. However, with the power available, your Ford Raptor brakes are ready to stop. Front rotors measure 13.7″ and the rears are 13.2″. They are integrated into the ABS, stability control, and Ford’s roll control to keep you safe in any situation. Perhaps one of the best features is the common bolt pattern with other Ford trucks. It has allowed the aftermarket to develop carbon ceramics and high-performance pads for us to choose from.
Ford Raptor Standout Features
There is nothing like the Ford Raptor standout features. From an aluminum cab and bed to the progressive rear leaf springs. No other truck has left the assembly like with Fox Racing remote reservoir shocks. The truck is pre-wired for 5 fused 12v circuits, with switches on the dash. No other top-level pickup uses a twin-turbo V6 instead of a V8. Finally, no other truck has stolen buyers away from other brands simply because it exists. One of the most popular options is the Pro Power system. This uses a massive alternator along with an inverter to offer 2,000 kW of power. Several 120v sockets in the bed can power tools and equipment, or your outdoor toys. Every Ford Raptor is your ticket for adventure, so click the button below.