The new truck was spotted cruising on the highway.
When it arrives, the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor is expected to engage in a power and speed war with the Ram 1500 TRX that is unprecedented when it comes to gas-powered trucks. For now, the 1500 TRX is the undisputed king, having left the current F-150 Raptor for dead in a recent drag race. Rumors suggest that the new F-150 Raptor will offer both a twin-turbo V6 and a supercharged V8 from the Mustang Shelby GT500. In a brand new spy video, it appears that we're looking at the V8-engined F-150 Raptor. We've heard the new F-150 Raptor before in another spy video, but that version sounded more like a V6.
Captured on a strip of highway, the driver of an unknown vehicle caught the unmistakably deep rumble of a V8 engine appearing to come from a camouflaged F-150 Raptor. As he gets closer to the truck, the bassy soundtrack gets gradually louder. While a turbocharged V6 could provide comparable power and torque, a V8 battle between the Ford and Ram would be something special. It’s expected that the Raptor V8’s engine will be a slightly detuned version of the one in the Shelby GT500, potentially making up to 750 horsepower. That would see the big Ford out-muscle the Ram on paper, as the latter makes 702 hp from its 6.2-liter supercharged V8.
In the real world, the 1500 TRX achieved a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, undercutting Ram’s own claimed time by a whole six tenths. These are the figures that the new F-150 Raptor will have to beat to attain bragging rights. While the fastest Ram truck may still win on paper, we expect the new F-150 range as a whole to maintain its dominance on the sales charts. Already, dealers are struggling to meet the demand for the F-150, and the upcoming Raptor will only add to that when it arrives. The mother of all truck drag races hopefully isn’t too far off.