2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R: First Drive Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
What Is It?
In 2021 Ford introduced the third-generation F-150 Raptor — an off-road ready pickup with bolder styling and more capability than a standard F-150, as well a powerful EcoBoost V6 engine. This new Raptor boasted impressive off-road performance, but immediately truck enthusiasts were a saying it should have had a V8. Now the V8 is here, and it’s powering an even more aggressive 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R with 700 horsepower. “Raptor R is our ultimate Raptor,” noted Carl Widmann, Ford Performance chief engineer. “When customers experience Raptor R in the desert and beyond, it will make the hairs on the back of their necks stand up — and they’ll love every second of it,” Widmann effused.

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