Ford planning to take on the Ram TRX with new Raptor
Posted on April 4, 2019
If you read my post on the Ram TRX last week, you will know that the truckmaker is planning a Hellcat powered Ram truck to challenge the dominance of the F-150 Raptor. Ford have answered with their own special edition Raptor using the engine from the Mustang GT500.
Nothing has been officially announced but leaks have been doing the rounds that says the Raptor will be beefed up, either as standard or as a special edition with the mighty V8 that powers the GT500. This is a reversal of the move that put the V6 in the Raptor for this model year. The engine actually went down well with those who tested it but that time in place could be limited.
This current F-150 Raptor swapped out a V8 engine for the turbocharged V6. It’s an excellent engine and at 3.5-litres with twin turbochargers, generates 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. It then uses Ford’s ten speed automatic and some very trick suspension to deliver every one of those horses to the road in a controlled and controllable manner.
Two weeks ago, 450 hp in a truck was viewed as plenty enough power. This week things have changed. With the Ram TRX being projected to utilize all 707 hp from the Hellcat V8, Ford has to answer.
Their reply is to use the supercharged 5.2-litre V8 engine from the Mustang GT500. The current version produces around 700 hp although Ford won’t release exact details on output. They have only ever said the GT500 ‘has over 700 hp’ and have never given us specifics. That puts it within touching distance of the TRX but will that be enough?
Traditionally, trucks are a numbers game. ‘My truck pulls more than your truck’, ‘My truck as more torque than your truck’ and so on. I’m not sure Ford, or Raptor fans would be satisfied with having close to the output of the TRX. To get people to buy into it, you’re going to need more. More torque, more horsepower, more top speed and just more.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Ford played with the V8 a little to make sure it outperforms the Hellcat significantly. It may already deliver more than 707 hp but it will need to be markedly higher to please fans. It’s no good marketing it at 709 or 710 hp as you would never notice that on a burnout.
are apparently in the early stages of development of this improved Raptor. Manufacturing isn’t supposed to begin until late 2020 or early 2021 so we have a while to wait until we see one. Nevertheless, the performance truck race is hotting up and the fight is going to be a good one!