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2022 F-150 Raptor R will have a V8

2022 F-150 Raptor R will have a V8

Ford has announced the new 2022 F-150 Raptor R will feature a V8. Just when we thought the era of the eight cylinder was over, the Blue Oval announces another generation.

While we are increasingly aware of the effects of vehicle pollution, there is something about the burble of a V8 that tickles the lizard brain of a motorhead. I’m exactly the same. I would love to own a Tesla or Ford Mach-E but I would also love to own a V8 Raptor.

If I begin saving now, I could perhaps buy one, as Ford has announced one is coming next year.

Eight over six

The current 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 is an awesome engine. It delivers a lot of power across the range and pulls far more than a V6 has any right to. But there’s an elephant in the room called the Ram TRX and the V6 isn’t enough to beat it.

A new Ford V8 might. Which is probably why the 2022 F-150 Raptor R is coming.

The Ram TRX delivers 702 hp and the V6 just isn’t up to beating it. Trucks have always been a numbers game with one-upmanship being part of the deal. That isn’t changing anytime soon, hence the Raptor R.

2022 F-150 Raptor R

We don’t know too much about the 2022 F-150 Raptor R as yet except that a V8 has all but been confirmed. On the back of the new 2021 F-150, rumours abound that Ford is working on a supertruck to beat the TRX and knows it has to up the horsepower game to do it.

Their answer is the 2022 F-150 Raptor R.

Speculation is that it will use the Predator V8 from the Shelby GT500 but that isn’t confirmed. If it were to be that engine, that’s a potential 760 hp from a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 motor.

It will very likely use Ford’s 10 speed automatic with uprated brakes and suspension too.

This motor makes sense. Ford has already developed it and proven it reliable. It could fit into the F-150 easily and with minimum engineering. It already works with the Ford transmission and most of the parts from the GT500 could be adapted to the F-150 with minimum cost and effort.

Whether it will happen or not remains to be seen. Ford may have other motors in mind.

Ford F-150 truck

The F-150 used to have a V8 option way back when. It was a standard V8 in the form of a 5.4-litre engine with a larger 6.2-litre V8 as an option. The 5.4 was dropped and the 6.2 was replaced by the current V6.

That V6 engine proved a big hit and is still going strong. It’s light, relatively good on gas considering its output and delivers a steady stream of power all the way through the rev range. It is also more than capable of handling the rough treatment the average Raptor is put through.

So while we are happy that the world is going electric, there is also a part of us that is also a little happy that the V8 isn’t dead yet. Well done Ford!

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