The 700-horsepower 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R has made its official debut. As our sister site, Ford Authority, reports, the new truck arrives as the “fastest, most powerful, most extreme high-performance off-road desert Raptor yet,” according to GM’s cross-town rival. The F-150 Raptor R is a direct rival for the 720 horsepower Ram TRX, with both Ford and Stellantis now offering ultra-powerful off-road pickups and leaving the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra as the odd ones out.
Under the hood of the Raptor R is a supercharged 5.2L V8 engine, which is rated at 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. This is the same engine found in the current Mustang GT500, however it’s been recalibrated for the unique demands of the Raptor R platform and features a different pulley, changes that Ford says will offer more performance at the RPMs and speeds where off-roaders spend most of their time driving. A dual exhaust system with a pass-through muffler and active valves is also standard, as is a recalibrated version of the Ford and GM-developed 10-speed automatic transmission.
Suspension is equally if not more important than power in a vehicle like this. Compared to the standard Raptor model, the Raptor R gets a modified five-link rear suspension setup with extra-long trailing arms and 24-inch coil springs, which are joined by electronically controlled Advanced FOX Live Valve dampers with suspension height sensors.
The truck comes standard with 37-inch tires and boasts 13 inches of wheel travel out front and 14.1 inches of travel in the rear, while ground clearance sits at 13.1 inches. Performance is further enhanced by the standard adjustable drive mode system, which features a MyMode setting that allows drivers to adjust drive, steering and suspension settings, among others. A custom profile can then be mapped to the “R” button on the steering wheel, giving the user quick access to their customer performance mode.
Moving inside, the Raptor R features standard Recaro sport seats with Alcantara accents, genuine carbon fiber trim and a standard 12-inch touch screen with Ford SYNC 4 technology and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Like the regular Raptor, the Raptor R comes standard with a suite of smart technology designed to make off-roading easier, including Trail Turn Assist and Ford Trail Control. A total of eight exterior colors will be offered from launch, including new Avalanche and Azure Gray Tri-Coat options.
Order books for the F-150 Raptor R open immediately, however, Ford is not publicly disclosing pricing, advising interested parties to contact their dealer. Production will begin this fall at the automaker’s Dearborn truck plant in Michigan.
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