The current-generation Ford F-150 Raptor is more capable than the previous truck in every way. The 450-horsepower Ecoboost V-6 under the hood is one of the main reasons why. Though it may be more powerful and more efficient, it doesn’t make the same great V-8 noises as the original V-8-powered Raptor.
The Raptor’s long-travel suspension gives it both awesome off-road capability and impressive ride comfort. Its 450-hp twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission can shoot it to 60 mph in as little as 5.1 seconds. While its massive dimensions make it a bear to maneuver in tight quarters, it also can roll over pesky parking curbs with ease. Compared with conventional full-size pickups, the Raptor is on a whole other level—mixing serious capability and pure, dumb fun like no other.
So, installing a V-8 engine puts the F-150 Raptor into a different league altogether. V8 Engines currently undergoing testing in Raptor mules is more powerful than the twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. And this begs the question: will the V8 replace the V6? Will it be offered alongside it? Again, unknown. We also don’t know when the V8 could debut. Last we heard, the F-150 itself is due to be replaced by 2022, meaning an all-new Raptor will also arrive around that time.
However, one could expect the prices to go north of $75,000 when it the Ford F-150 Raptor V-8 hits the market. Do you think it will make a strong impact, or should Ford stick with a V-6 engine only for now…….. Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.