Doesn’t it seem like just last year that Ford unveiled the first-ever Raptor? Well, here we are, now three generations deep with an all-new Raptor. Though subjective, you’d almost be forgiven if you mistake the latest iteration for the previous one, as the styling is mostly evolutionary. Not to worry, as this is not necessarily a demerit, given how well the F150 looks wearing Raptor guise in general. As a writer, I’m morally forbidden from using tired cliches, but you know what people say about things that aren’t broken!
Anyway, with a new apex predator sharing the desert, Ford wasn’t planning on leaving its Raptor out in a cage like a goat to become dinner for an angry TRX. (Watch the original 1993 Jurassic Park movie if you haven’t yet seen it. It’s not my fault if you don’t get the references!) Not to be outdone by the mad scientists at Chrysler, Ford upped the testosterone with the new Raptor. First, and most notably, is the re-introduction of the V8, which will be available in 2022 in the Raptor R, this time with a rumored 760 horsepower. That’s what I’d call a last-minute Hemi-induced decision. If that sounds cool to you, but maybe a little north of what your daily commute demands, the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 is still an option and an excellent one at that. Other revisions include next-generation FOX shocks, a freshly redesigned running gear, and stock 37″ tires, which Ford claims is first-in-class.
Just as the two generations before it, I’m sure Ford will have no problem selling the latest Raptor when it hits showrooms around the summer of 2021. With all performance editions of vehicles, the demand for the badass truck typically overwhelms supply.