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2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R adds more power to the matter


The Ford F-150 Raptor 2021 come up with a problem. It has been surpassed by Ram TRX and no longer exists Peak trucks are marked.

In the most American solution possible, Ford threw more power into the Raptor to create 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor CHEAP and thus solved the problem.

The roar you heard last Monday was me in a 700 hp Raptor R. Sorry, not sorry.

The Raptor R puts a supercharged V-8 under the hood of the Blue Oval’s Baja-inspired pickup and raises the price to $109,375 to put the Raptor back on the hunt as one of the cars. The most ridiculous download that money can buy.

Ford had me drive the Raptor R at Michigan’s Silver Lake State Park to cross the dunes and fly through the air. It becomes a contest where the limit is reached first: mine or the truck’s.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R brings V-8 back to the Raptor line

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R brings V-8 back to the Raptor line

Finally, fire and fury V-8

As the gap between the leading Raptor R and mine widened on a pitch-black highway at 6:15 a.m., I crushed the Raptor R’s go pedals. The truck’s front end was visibly lifted when the rear squatted and the truck sped forward. Running in Baja mode with the exhaust baffle open, the exhaust roars to a decibel level that is sure to disturb neighbors and could alert any local police.

Laughing hysterically, I said to no one, “Hey! Ford fixed the Raptor power supply issue.” The Raptor R is a great car in its awesomeness.

The Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, with 450 hp and a perfectly matched 510 lb-ft of torque, has been scrapped aside for R duty. Goodbye, Felicia.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R equipped with a 2.7-liter supercharger equipped with a V-8 . engine

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R equipped with a 2.7-liter supercharger equipped with a V-8 . engine

In its place is Mustang Shelby GT500The supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 produces 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Yes, that’s 2 horsepower less than RAM TRX.

When I asked Carl Widmann, Ford’s chief performance engineer, if tuning the engine to 705 hp was really such a big deal, he just laughed. After all, the Raptor R is about 400 lb heavier than the TRX.

Widmann’s response makes sense after spending time both off-road and off-road on the Raptor R. The few extra horsepower will be for bragging rights only. The Raptor R feels noticeably lighter on its rubber feet than the TRX in both dynamic transitions and overall ride quality.

While the engine uses the same 2.7-liter, water-cooled, reverse-charged turbocharger that boosts output up to 12 psi as the muscle car, it’s been modified for off-road truck duty. Mustangs don’t jump in the air, over ramps, or cross deserts in the sand at high speed.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R - Photo by Perry Stern

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R – Photo by Perry Stern

A new supercharger pulley increases low- and mid-range torque compared to the Shelby. Unlike the TRX, the turbocharger whine is not always present in the cabin and can only be heard when listening specifically. The Raptor R’s power isn’t instantaneous either, but it hits hard and pushes the occupants, along with everything else in the truck, back after a slight beat for the supercharger to spin.

To keep things lubricated and cooled, Ford installed a new oil cooler and filter, along with a deeper oil pan. For better breathability, a new, wider air intake is combined with a high-flow cone air filter, resulting in 66% more air intake than the Mustang.

It’s no surprise, but the supercharged V-8’s firepower and fury will cost a fortune even after spending six figures on the Raptor R. For those who feel that might not be it. To be fair, in my 85-mile highway driving, the trip computer said I averaged 11.9 mpg. There are no EPA fuel economy ratings yet. On real-world testing, these numbers are similar to those we’ve seen in the TRX and aren’t much worse than the turbo V-6 Raptor. Stay tuned for more real-world testing in the future.

The 10-speed automatic has a new tweak to address the extra power, but like on the standard Raptor, gearshifts are quick, always on point, and become sharper in Sport and Baja modes. To make sure things don’t boom, a heavy duty turbine damper and rear four-gear output assembly have been added to the torque converter. Ford also changed the 5.0-inch aluminum driveshaft (Standard Raptors run 4.5-inch drive shafts) along with a pinion rack to keep things from moving too much during hard starts. .

Speaking of launch, the Raptor R lacks launch control. TRX has it, but Widmann says GHOST team focused on off-road performance: “Why do you want launch control?” This is not a tow truck, the engineer noted.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R has a lot of noise on soft suspension and 37-inch tires

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R has a lot of noise on soft suspension and 37-inch tires

Dive, squat, thrash, repeat

With increased power, the Raptor R squats, dives, and rolls like the street-legal truck it simulates. All it needs are two other cylinders, a supercharger, and 250 horsepower.

Raptor’s Fox shocks with remote reservoirs shift to R, but the turbocharger model shows a 5% increase in front spring speed to account for the V-8’s 100 lb increase in powertrain at front axle.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R has the same brakes as the standard Raptor

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R has the same brakes as the standard Raptor

Ford didn’t upgrade the brakes from the standard Raptor despite the power boost. In what I might consider a harsh but limited test, two other journalists and I towed ran through the sand continuously for nearly 30 minutes. I repeatedly pushed the Raptor R to about 70 mph before running out of space and slamming on the brakes. The brakes never dimmed, but I could smell them after several times hauling the nearly 6,000 lb pickup back to reality.

To ensure the front axle can handle the increased speed along with the increased power, Ford used a finned aluminum front differential cover to dissipate the heat. Ford also swapped out stiffer front axle bushings and an internal cruise limiter.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R - Photo by Perry Stern

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R – Photo by Perry Stern

Even with 13 inches of travel up front and 14.1 inches behind, I hit the bottom of the Raptor R three times in about five hours off-road. It can travel at such great speed that potential dangers will come quickly. In two of the three cases, I launched the truck into the sky, and the other happened after swerving over one dune and into another while speeding. The truck didn’t care, and neither did the Ford engineers note that’s what the bash plates are for.

Unlike people who walk more Raptor (words I never thought I would type), the R model only comes with 37-inch square tires. There’s no 35-inch rubber option, on the non-R model the more interesting option thanks to less tire weight and quicker swings in the sand. The R’s extra power solves most of that problem as the 37s’ extra weight isn’t felt as much while providing the truck with a 33-degree approach angle and 1 extra ground clearance, 3 inches over the Raptor on the 35s.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R - Photo by Perry Stern

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R – Photo by Perry Stern

Yes, it can be big

After a day blasting through the dunes, I thought the Raptor R might be too loud. I have to get old.

Widdman tells me that at full throttle in Baja mode (with active exhaust opening), emissions reach 80 db in the cabin and 130 db at the top. As a point of reference, Silver Lake State Park’s exhaust noise limit is 94 db, no one but me seems to notice that bullet point on the map with the park’s rules.

The second-generation Raptor built between 2017 and 2020, with a twin-turbo V-6, doesn’t sound great. Ford knows it, and we know it. The current gen-three truck has overcome that problem with a new exhaust system that features a “trumpet” design and equal length pipes. The result is a sound almost like a Nissan GT-R with a straight pipe mixed in with the letter Z.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor exhaust characteristics CHEAP

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor exhaust characteristics CHEAP

The Raptor R breaks the trumpet of a turbo V-6 truck and features a straight-forward design with “packed ends”. Packed tips, Widdman explains, feature baffled filler-like materials and mufflers that work together to help eliminate high-frequency noise and sizzle.

With Quiet, Normal, Sport and Baja modes, the truck can run with the baffle fully closed, lightly opened, more open or fully open, and the baffle stays open above 4,000 rpm regardless of mode. what degree. It will default to Normal mode unless programmed to start in Quiet mode. While Normal mode certainly provides a buzz at startup, it’s still tame compared to the TRX, and when idle it’s completely mellow. All in all, opening dumps in Baja mode sounds better, but it can lead to fatigue as I experienced hitting the gas again and again on off-road. On the road, even in Baja mode, the exhaust doesn’t seem to boom or drone, but we’ll need more time with the real-world truck to really determine that.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will be barely recognizable compared to the standard Raptor

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will be barely recognizable compared to the standard Raptor

A sleeping Raptor?

It can seem like a stretch to call any Raptor a snob, but it takes a keen eye to distinguish an R model from a standard Raptor.

Visually, the only differences between the Raptor R and the standard Raptor are black trim, orange tow hooks, a 1.0-inch taller hood vent, small R badging on the grille and doors. rear end, along with R-specific hood and fender graphics with V-8 sliding on all of them.

The interior of the Ford F-150 Raptor R 2023 will feel familiar to anyone who has spent time in an F-150

The interior of the Ford F-150 Raptor R 2023 will feel familiar to anyone who has spent time in an F-150

Inside, the Raptor R is equipped with the same equipment as a payload Raptor, including Recaro front seats, leather and suede seat surfaces, carbon fiber trim, a 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster and 12.0 inch touch screen.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R just wants to be king

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R just wants to be king

What is the bottom line?

At $109,145, the Raptor R adds $37,445 in premium over the base Raptor, although that truck lacks a lot of the features the R has. Apple, there’s a $25,245 price tag between the Raptor and the Raptor R. Then again, can you really put a price on being king?

Ford flew Advocacy agency to cold, windy and wet western Michigan and took us to a small-town Marriott so we could bring you this first driving review.

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