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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Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Engine Specs & Performance

Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged engine is one of the most exciting and capable half-ton trucks since it was introduced in 2011. Since 2011 however, the 3.5L EcoBoost engine has come a long way, with numerous improvements being made throughout the years to increase reliability and capabilities. In 2022, there are even three separate variations of the engine in Ford F-150 trucks. There is the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost, the 3.5L PowerBoost Hybrid, and even a 3.5L EcoBoost High Output version.

In this post, we’re going to focus on the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Turbocharged Engine. We’re going to cover the differences between standard output and high output 3.5L EcoBoost engines, as well as performance specs, Fuel Economy, and other important engine information too. Let’s dive right in.

2017 Ford Raptor with the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine
Photo Taken From the Ford Media Website.

When Did the Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine Become Available?

The Ford F-150’s 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 engine was first introduced in the 2017 Ford Raptor. 2017 Ford Raptors equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Turbocharged engine produce a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque. Compared to the new 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine that debuted in the 2017 Ford F-150, that was a difference of 75 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft of torque.

After a couple years of being married to the Ford Raptor exclusively, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited was introduced to the High Output EcoBoost Engine too. Ford wanted to give its luxury customers the same performance capabilities as those seeking the Baja Race-ready Ford Raptor. 2020 Ford F-150 Limited trucks also came with the High Output EcoBoost engine.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited with the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine
2019 Ford F-150 Limited Featuring the High Output EcoBoost Engine. Picture Taken from Ford Media.

The High Output engine was discontinued in 2021 Ford F-150 trucks except for the Ford Raptor. Instead, a revised 3.5L EcoBoost Engine is found in all trims that produces 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft of torque. The 2021-2022 Ford Raptor trucks have maintained a High Output 3.5L EcoBoost engine, however we suspect a revised engine is coming with the introduction of the Ford Raptor R.

3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Engine Specs

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Years2017-2022
Ford Raptor
Ford F-150 Limited
See Below
Engine Build LocationCleveland, Ohio
Configuration60 Degree V6 DOHC
Displacement3.5 Liters (213 Cubic Inches)
Cylinder Bore3.64″
Cylinder Stroke3.41″
Compression Ratio10.0:1
Firing Order1-4-2-5-3-6
Engine Block MaterialAluminum
Cylinder Head MaterialAluminum
ValvetrainRoller Finger Follower
Ignition SystemCoil on Plug
Fuel SystemTwin-Port and Direct Fuel Injection
Air Delivery/AspirationTwin-Turbocharged and Intercooled
Horsepower450 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
Torque510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Recommended FuelPremium Unleaded
Engine Oil Capacity6 Quarts (5.7 Liters)
Engine Oil Type/Recommended OilMotorcraft SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
XO-5W30-5Q3SP (5 Quarts)
Engine Oil FilterMotorcraft FL-500-S

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Tow Capacity

Ford F-150s with the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engine actually hold a larger tow capacity and payload than those equipped with the High Output engine. If you are going to be towing frequently with loaded trailer weights greater than 6,000-8,000 lbs we actually recommend going with the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Ford F-150’s 3.0L Powerstroke Diesel engine also offers excellent towing performance and fantastic fuel economy as well.

2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited Tow Capacity

Model YearDrivetrainMax Tow Capacity
Max Payload
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
1,530 lbs
1,280 lbs
11,100 lbs
9,300 lbs
1,520 lbs
1,270 lbs

2017-2022 Ford Raptor Tow Capacity

Model YearCabin TypeMax Tow Capacity
Max Payload
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
Crew Cab
6,000 lbs
8,000 lbs
1,000 lbs
1,200 lbs
2021Crew Cab8,200 lbs1,400 lbs
2017 Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost Engine towing a boat and trailer
2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Towing a Boat. Picture Taken From Ford Media.

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy is also lower in High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engines compared to those with the standard engine. This is especially true with the Ford Raptor. That being said, the Ford Raptor comes with 35″ or 37″ tires and an off-road performance suspension. Fuel economy is better on 2019-2020 Limited Models as they more closely resemble the regular F-150.

Ford Raptor Fuel Economy

Model YearCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
201715 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
201815 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
201915 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
202015 mpg18 mpg16 mpg
2021 (with 35″ Tires)
2021 (with 37″ Tires)
15 mpg
14 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg
2022 (with 35″ Tires)
2022 (with 37″ Tires)
15 mpg
14 mpg
18 mpg
16 mpg
16 mpg
15 mpg

Ford F-150 Limited Fuel Economy

Model YearDrivetrainCity MpgHighway MpgCombined Mpg
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg
17 mpg
17 mpg
22 mpg
21 mpg
19 mpg
19 mpg

3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine Design Characteristics

The 3.5L EcoBoost High Output V6 Engine contains most of the same upgrades that are found with the 2nd Generation 3.5L EcoBoost that was also introduced in 2017. However, there are some unique engine improvements made to the high output engines to increase power and maintain reliability.

Upgraded Fuel System

Instead of a solely direct fuel injection system, the High Output EcoBoost engine gains a redesigned twin-port and direct fuel injection system. Two injectors are used per cylinder, one at the intake port and the other within the cylinder. They work together and produce greater power and efficiency while simultaneously decreasing emissions. This new design also makes carbon build-up, a common 3.5L EcoBoost problem, a significantly lesser issue compared to 2011-2016 EcoBoost engines.

New Twin-Turbocharger System With Upgraded Intercooler

High Output EcoBoost engines also receive the new Borgwarner turbocharger system introduced in the 2nd Generation EcoBoost. Unlike the standard engine however, High output engines have more aggressive compressors that allow for even greater boost. The high output engine also benefits from an electronic wastegate.

In addition to the differences with the turbocharger system, at least the Ford Raptor models gain an air-charge cooling system that features dual 100-watt fans, plus a standard heavy duty trailer-tow cooling system. This trailer tow cooling system features a 23% larger core radiator and dual 700-watt brushless radiator cooling fans.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. Photo taken from Ford Media.

Weight Reduction

Another important feature that enables the quicker acceleration of both standard 3.5L EcoBoost engines and High Output engines is the lighter weight of both the engine and the trucks themselves. In 2017, Ford Redesigned the F-150, utilizing aluminum body paneling. In fact, the 2017 Raptor shed up to 500 lbs compared to 2016 models.

Durability Enhancements

The 3.5L EcoBoost High Output engine also benefits from the new materials used within the engine. Hollow Camshafts are used in the roller-finger valvetrain, removing as much as 4 pounds of weight. A new lower end structure features an upgraded crankshaft and bearings, in addition to a two-piece oil pan. A new Dual-Chain cam drive design also improves reliability and provides simplicity.

Upgraded Exhaust System

Ford Raptors and the F-150 Limited with the High Output EcoBoost both benefit from a true dual exhaust system. They also utilize cast stainless steel manifolds.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Flexing
Ford Raptor Flexing. Picture taken from Ford Media.

What is the Difference Between the Standard 3.5L EcoBoost and the 3.5L EcoBoost High Output Engine?

Compared to the standard output 3.5L EcoBoost, High output engines in the Raptor and F-150 Limited feature more aggressive turbo compressors offering increased boost calibrations. Cast stainless steel manifolds are used, in addition to a full dual exhaust system. Ford also gave the high output EcoBoost oil-cooled pistons for increased reliability. Lastly, far more aggressive engine control calibrations were implemented to ink out as many ponies as possible.

Compared to standard output EcoBoost engines, the High Output EcoBoost spools quicker and providers greater acceleration. Horsepower and torque are greater, however, max tow capacity and payload is lesser on trucks with the High Output engine. If you need the maximum towing capacity offered by the 3.5L EcoBoost today, up to 14,000 lbs with the 2022 Ford F-150 Max Tow package, stick with the standard output engine.

Standard 3.5L EcoBoost Vs High Output 3.5L EcoBoost

SpecsStandardHigh Output
Horsepower2017-2020: 375 @ 5,000 rpm
2021+: 400 @
All Years: 450 @ 5,000 rpm
Torque2017-2020: 470 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
All Years: 510 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Fuel Economy (4WD)
2017-2020: 17/23/19
2021+: 17/23/19
Raptor (35″ Tires): 15/18/16
Raptor (37″ Tires): 14/16/15
2019-2020 Limited:17/21/19
Max Tow Capacity
(Max Tow Package)
2017: 12,200 lbs*
2018-2020: 13,200 lbs*
2021+: 14,000 lbs**
Raptor (17-20): 8,000 lbs
Raptor (2021): 8,200 lbs
2019-2020 Limited: 11,100 lbs
*2020 3.5L EcoBoost Engine with max tow package **Requires Max Tow Package.

3.5L EcoBoost High Output FAQS

What are the major differences between the standard 3.5l EcoBoost and the high output 3.5l EcoBoost engines?

High Output Engines offer 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque, which is higher than the standard output EcoBoost engine. This can be attributed to a more aggressive turbocharger design with increased boost calibrations, upgraded intercooler, oil-cooled pistons, and more aggressive engine calibrations. They also benefit from a true dual exhaust and cast stainless steel manifolds. The result of this performance is quicker spool times and ultimately faster acceleration.

How Much Horsepower Does the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Have?

450 Horsepower @ 5,000 rpm

How Much Torque Does the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine Have?

510 lb.-ft of Torque @ 3,500 rpm

Which Ford F-150s have the High Output 3.5L EcoBoost Engine?

2019-2020 Ford F-150 Limited
2017-2021 Ford Raptor

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