2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R: The V8 Raptor is Back

The moment many Ford Raptor enthusiasts have been praying for is finally here. Ford’s F-150 Raptor sporting a V8 Engine is Back and Better than Ever. Coined the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R, it features a Supercharged 5.2L V8 Engine, standard 37″ Tires, and a myriad of other upgrades that make this truck by far the most capable and exciting Ford Raptor to date. It also shares many of the upgrades found on the latest generation Raptor, but with design changes unique to R models.

If you’re looking for the full scoop on the latest Raptor offering, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll go over the details we have on the new 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R including its performance characteristics, interior and exterior design features, and most importantly when they go into production.

2023 Ford Raptor R Action Shot Downhill
2023 Ford Raptor R in Avalanche Gray. Picture taken From the Ford Media Website

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Performance

The newest Ford F-150 Raptor R is truly the king of all terrains. It makes conquering difficult terrains as easy as it can be, while simultaneously offering impressive performance and control during regular street driving. This is largely due to its new 5.2L V8 Supercharged Engine, an upgraded suspension, and a wide variety of other key performance upgrades that make tackling all terrains easier than ever. Read on for more details on 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Performance.

5.2L Supercharged V8 Engine

Described as the Heart of the new 2023 Ford Raptor R, the 5.2 Liter V8 Supercharged Engine provides drivers with a whopping 700 Horsepower and 640 lb.-ft of torque. While that doesn’t quite dethrone the Ram 1500 TRX in raw power numbers, this engine along with its other impressive performance enhancements provide off-road performance that is second to none. This engine also significantly outperforms the previous generation of the Ford F-150 Raptor that contained the High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged Engine.

Upgraded Suspension & Off-Road Capabilities

Described as the Soul of the Ford F-150 Raptor R, the new long-travel suspension utilizing FOX Live Valve Shocks provides heightened off-road capabilities and makes navigating difficult terrain at high speeds easier than ever before. This new Five-Link rear suspension uses elongated trailing arms that maintain improved axle positioning on difficult terrain. A Panhard Rod and 24″ Coil Springs are utilized which provide outstanding stabilization at high-speeds when off-roading.

State-of-the-art FOX Live Valve Shocks independently monitor terrain hundreds of times a second, and automatically adjust accordingly. This provides next-level ride quality and roll-control. This occurs thanks to a number of suspension height sensors and other sensors that are found on these shock systems. These shocks, in addition to the Ford Raptor R’s impressive ground clearance, 13″ in the front and 14.1″ in the back make conquering sand and rocks relatively easy. Standard 37″ tires also help improve ground clearance and make tackling difficult terrain as easy as possible.

2023 Ford Raptor R Suspension
2023 Ford Raptor R Suspension. Picture taken from Ford Media.

Other Key Performance Features

Performance & Durability Improvements

The 5.2L Supercharged V8 engine is very similar to the engine used on Ford Mustang GT500 cars. In order to be as efficient off-road as it is on the streets, Ford modified the Supercharger specifically for the Ford Raptor R. By Recalibrating the supercharger and installing a new pulley, off-road performance is optimized and torque delivery is increased in both the low-end and mid-range.

Supporting modifications to sustain longevity and all this power were also added on the Ford Raptor R. These trucks contain cast stainless steel exhaust manifolds, a unique oil cooler and filter, a deeper oil pan, and a wider air intake inlet paired with a higher flow, higher-efficiency air filter.

Ford Raptor R Specific 10-Speed Automatic Transmission

2023 Ford Raptor R trucks will contain a uniquely calibrated 10-speed Automatic Transmission. These transmissions contain a new torque converter that is specifically tuned for these trucks. The torque converter utilizes a heavy-duty turbine damper and four-pinion rear output assembly which allows the truck to better transfer torque and gives the driver a smoother driving experience in all conditions.

Driveline Enhancements

Driveline improvements made to these trucks include a redesigned front axle. It features a more durable, higher-strength carrier casting and an aluminum-ribbed cover. A new, large diameter aluminum driveshaft is also used.

Sound Control & Driver Customization

Ford Engineers made everyone happy with a very unique dual exhaust system that features a true pass-through muffler and active valve system. The exhaust can be adjusted for sound with four unique modes. These four modes include Normal, Sport, Quiet, and Baja Mode, all of which you can adjust in the MyMode feature. MyMode also allows drivers to customize other driver settings like drive, steering, and suspension modes. You can even save one mode and quickly access it by pressing the “R” button on the steering wheel.

2023 Ford Raptor R Exterior Styling & Design

2023 Ford Raptor R Exterior

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R shares some similarities to the standard Ford F-150 Raptor, but Ford’s Design team tried to make it very easy to identify the Ford Raptor R against standard Raptor Models. They accomplished this by giving Exterior and the Interior unique features exclusive to the Ford Raptor R. Not only do these features set the truck apart aesthetically, but many of these features are actually functional as well that help boost the Raptor R’s Performance. Here are the Exterior and Interior characteristics that make it easy to distinguish Ford F-150 Raptor R trucks.

Ford F-150 Raptor R Exterior

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Exterior
Picture taken from Ford Media Website.

Black And Orange, and Whatever Primary Color You Choose

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R shares two common styling colors, regardless of what main color you choose. The color black is used all over the exterior and interior of the truck. Ford Raptor R trucks are adorned with all-black front and rear bumpers, fender flares, and wheels. Ford Performance Code Orange accents are also used in many places on the truck. Code Orange Raptor R badges are found on the grille, power dome and tailgate. A special graphics package available on the rear fenders also contains the Code Orange letter “R”. Code Orange tow hooks are found on the front bumper.

More Aggressive Look & Styling

The Ford Raptor R contains a host of other exterior features that make it look more aggressive than standard models. Massive 37″ Tires are standard. A larger power dome on the hood sits roughly 1″ taller than on standard Raptor models. A Unique Raptor R Front Grille and bumpers also convey a more rugged exterior.

You Can Hear the Difference

The Ford F-150 Raptor R sounds different. Thanks to the Driver-Controlled Exhaust system found on the Raptor R, drivers can set themselves apart with a louder, more aggressive exhaust tone, or they can conceal all that power with a more moderate exhaust mode.

Ford Raptor R Exhaust

Ford F-150 Raptor R Interior

Careful attention to detail and special attention was also given to the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R’s Interior. Standard Recaro Seats using a combination of black leather and Alcantara Suede give the Raptor R a luxurious, yet sporty interior feel. Carbon fiber is placed throughout the cabin on doors, the media bin door and upper portions of the instrument panel. This carbon fiber contains a specific tai-axial weave pattern that conveys the Raptor R’s incredible performance, durability, and toughness.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Interior

Off-Road Technology

Similar to the Standard Ford Raptor, Raptor R models contain a number of different smart technologies that make off-roading easier than ever. Three highlights of the newest Raptor’s off-road prowess are Trail Turn Assist, Ford Trail Control, and Trail 1-Pedal Drive.

Trail Turn Assist makes conquering tight areas a little bit easier. It gives drivers the ability to shrink turning radius on tight turns to traverse areas not previously possible. Ford Trail Control is a form of cruise control for off-roading. It maintains a speed so the driver can focus on steering and navigating difficult areas while the truck controls both throttle and braking. Trail 1-Pedal Drive makes it easier for drivers to control both throttle and braking using only one pedal.

Other Technology

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R also comes with a new standard 12″ Touch Screen that is now found on many Ford F-150s and also the Ford Superduty. It comes with Sync 4 Technology, Bluetooth Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth Android Auto. Ford Power-Up over-the-air software updates allow updates to made throughout the vehicle wirelessly, allowing you to skip the dealership for some Updates. A host of other features are also found the Ford Raptor R. They deliver long-term driver satisfaction and make driving easier, safer, and more fun than ever before. You can read about these features in our 2023 Ford Raptor R Buyer’s Guide.

How to Order a 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R

To order the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R, reach out to a local Ford dealer. Ordering for the Ford F-150 Raptor R is now open, with production starting late 2022 at the Dearborn Truck Plant. For more information, you can visit the Ford Raptor R Page on the Ford Website.

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