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V8-powered 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R spied testing alongside Ram TRX

Spy photographers captured Ford engineers screening what appears to be a 2022 F-one hundred fifty Raptor R along with a Ram TRX this 7 days, providing us a sneak preview of the 1st significant fight in the coming war for tremendous-pickup dominance. 

Ford has remained restricted-lipped about the Raptor R’s overall performance specs. We know only that it will be run by a V8 (probably a variant of the 760-horsepower, supercharged five.two-liter unit from the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500), and that it can be due to break go over some time later this yr. Presented that the 702-horsepower Ram TRX will be the Raptor R’s only competition (and quite a great deal the only rationale it exists in the 1st position), Ford’s selection to benchmark the quickly Ram is a little bit of a no-brainer. 

The Blue Oval’s overall performance engineers have many years of practice when it comes to creating superior-overall performance off-road vans, so despite Ram’s 1st-strike edge and Hellcat trump card, the TRX may really be the underdog in this struggle. Why? Well, dependent on what we’ve noticed of the EcoBoost-run 2021 Raptor so significantly, it should really weigh at least five hundred-600 pounds fewer than the TRX, and though we hope that hole to shrink with the addition of the even bigger motor, it can be probably that it will nevertheless favor Ford, and maybe considerably. 

Whilst the more substantial, supercharged V8 will certainly weigh extra than the EcoBoost V6, it can be nevertheless an all-aluminum motor (all SRT motors are dependent on forged-iron blocks) and Ford nevertheless has the edge of its light-weight system panels. There will probably be extra to the Raptor R’s chassis modifications than a new set of motor mounting details, because the present Raptor was not engineered to manage an 800-horsepower motor, but even with the chassis modifications needed to manage that energy, we hope the Raptor R to be the featherweight of the two. 

Because Ford options to get the Raptor R into creation for the 2022 product yr, we should not have to wait around a great deal longer to discover out just just how it shapes up against Ram’s significant dinosaur. Continue to be tuned.

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