The Ford F-150 Raptor R super pick-up will not join the Ram 1500 TRX on the chopping block. Instead it has just received a power boost for its 5.2-litre supercharged V8.
The 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R supercharged V8 pick-up has been given a power boost as its arch-rival, the Ram 1500 TRX, prepares to depart showrooms.
The 15kW (20 horsepower) boost – from 522kW (700hp) to 537kW (720hp) – steals the title of the world’s most powerful production V8 pick-up from the 523kW (702hp) Ram 1500 TRX.
The Raptor R is the even hotter version of the Ford F-150 Raptor – the bigger sibling to the Australian-developed Ford Ranger Raptor – and uses the ‘Predator’ 5.2-litre supercharged V8 found under the bonnet of the Mustang Shelby GT500 sports car.
Yet the original iteration of the hero Raptor R trailed the Ram 1500 TRX in power and torque bragging rights, with the Ram’s 6.2-litre supercharged V8 making 523kW (702hp) to outmuscle the Ford by two horsepower – or 1.49kW.
For 2024, the Raptor R’s 15kW/20hp power boost stamps its authority on the battle and spells game over for Ram, with the Ford’s 537kW eclipsing its arch-rival convincingly.
Yet the argument will continue between owners as the F-150 Raptor R’s torque figure remains unchanged at 868Nm to trail the 1500 TRX’s 882Nm.
Ford says the additional power comes from calibration changes as well as a revised air intake and delivers improved drivability with a wider torque curve.
The numerical victory gives Ford eternal bragging rights after confirmation the 1500 TRX will not continue into the 2024 model year – with its indirect successor, the RHO, to use a much less powerful turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine.
The Ford F-150 Raptor first appeared in 2009 as an SVT Raptor – SVT short for ‘Special Vehicle Team’, its high-performance road-car division of the time – with a 306kW 5.4-litre V8.
A cheaper F-150 Raptor remains available in the US, with a 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 developing about 330kW.
While the F-150 sold by Ford Australia in XLT and Lariat trim levels – both using a detuned version of the US Raptor’s 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 – the car maker has no official plans to introduce the regular F-150 Raptor V6 or Raptor R V8 to Australian showrooms.
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