What We Know So Far About the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
When Ram released their absolutely ridiculous 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, Ford fans wondered if the Raptor would release anything that could compete. Let’s be honest, the Raptor is certified awesome, capable of conquering every terrain thrown its way and looking good in the process. However, despite its impressive output, the puny V6 just can’t compete with a beefy V8.
Ford recently announced the release of their 2021 Ford Tremor, capable of similar performance as the Raptor, but not quite the same. As it stands, the Raptor boasts a twin-turbocharged high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6, dishing out 450-horsepower and 510-pound-feet of torque. These aren’t numbers to balk at, but purists might argue since it’s not a V8, it’s not a “real” truck.
With the announcement of the new Raptor looming on the horizon, fans are left to wonder – will it compete with the V8 TRX? Will the new model be capable of surpassing the TRX? These are reasonable questions, and anything less could be a forgettable year for the popular Raptor brand.
Well, those questions, and more, will be answered soon. Mike Levine, Ford North America Product Communications Manager announced on Twitter that a formal answer to the new model will arrive on February 3rd at 11 am (EST).
The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor prototypes have been floating around the web, but the tweet provides us with the clearest look we’ve seen. The official banner shows a lot, and we can see it will carry over a similar grille design as we find in the current model. The Raptor will also have an aggressive front hood that looks similar to the 2020 model.
In the photo of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, around the edges of the grille, it’s clear that it will boast a new headlight wrap around, leading us to believe that the Raptor will only be evolutionary and not the revolutionary upgrade we’re anticipating.
With that said, the truck will get a new wider stance, including both front and rear wider fenders. We believe this stems from the upgraded powertrain under the hood.
Will The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Have a V8?
The most anticipated question surrounding the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is the prospect of it returning to a V8, which could arrive as a supercharged monster. The Raptor may even get the 760-horsepower V8 from the Shelby GT500. Unlike previous generations, the 2021 Raptor could offer two engine options, including the current 3.5L V6.
It’s possible that the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor gets the hybrid powertrain from the F-150 Powerboost. Although it’s a possibility, none of these theories we’ve shared are confirmed, meaning we’ll have to speculate for a few more days. For the transmission, we could see the current 10-speed automatic carry over, but we’re not sure if that’s what the possible Shelby-powered variant would receive.
How Much Will the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Cost?
Although we’ve seen prototypes and know a little bit about what’s coming, the pricing remains a mystery for the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. As it stands, the current base model Raptor starts at $53,455 with the SuperCab configuration, leading us to believe there will be a marginal increase in the new model.
We estimate the truck will start in the $55,000 range, but expect the V8-powered variant to carry a hefty premium. The Ram 1500 TRX starts at $71,690, so we expect this to be in a similar price range. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait too much longer to hear all the awaited details.