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The forthcoming 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is just around the corner. According to the newest reports, new Raptor will suffer a lot of modifications. Whatsoever, first spy shots are available. Since 2017, Blue Oval didn’t provide such significant changes to its range-topping variant. The highlight of the 2021 model will be its heavy-duty suspension that will get further tuning. The new model will provide smoother ride, and it will need less effort to conquer the roughest terrains.
This move makes perfect sense as the Ram prepares to release its 2021 Rebel TRX, another hard-core off-roader. And just like the Rebel TRX, Raptor will also feature a widened bodywork and a long-travel suspension. Moreover, the new F-150 Raptor will get further visual changes, and the interior will offer more standard features.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Design
The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will be lighter than its predecessor. The credit goes to the additional use of aluminum. Moreover, newest spy shots are available. The new suspension is visible at first glance, but the rest of the exterior is hard to determine. No doubt, new F-150 Raptor will surely gain numerous updates in terms of design.
The forthcoming pickup truck will be slightly wider, which should provide better stability. The front fascia will host wider headlights and bolder bumpers. It seems like the prototype is riding on current 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires. As for the rear part, the tailgate looks larger, and it comes with a huge FORD lettering.
Just like on the F-150 EV prototype, the new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will also get a unique suspension. The first thing to notice on the latest spy photos is the absence of the rear leaf springs. Despite the heavy camouflage, this should be the most significant change. A five-link suspension is the most likely outcome. This move should provide even better ride quality and better off-road ability.
Rear leaf springs were present since Raptor’s introduction in 2010. But it seems like the Blue Oval manufacturer is willing to go all-in. A five-link suspension is also available on the Ram’s newest pickup truck. No doubt, a new Raptor will get improved underbody clearance, better handling, and better comfort.
The latest rumors about the supercharged V8 could transform into reality. The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will primarily benefit from it as a high-performance pickup truck. The new V8 engine is a 5.2-liter that you can find under the bonnet of current Shelby GT500. Former Raptors have offered V8, like the first-gen model with its 6.2-liter V8. However, new V8 will deliver incredible power and torque figures. Furthermore, louder engine is something that Raptor enthusiasts surely love to hear.
New Ram Rebel TRX will get a supercharged V8, so this makes the Raptor V8 story more plausible. As for the current engine lineup, 3.5-liter V6 will remain, and it will deliver 410 horses and 435 lb-ft of torque. A 7.0-liter DOHC V8 will be optional, while the diesel variant is also a possibility. Some markets could get a 3.0-liter V6 that will deliver at least 500 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Price and Release Date
The next 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will most likely make its debut at the 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. That means the famous pickup truck won’t arrive before June. As for the prices, the F-150 Raptor will cost slightly above $50,000.