Ford confirms that the 3rd-generation Ford Raptor will make its world debut on Feb 3, 2021. This debut is happening a bit sooner than some of us anticipated, but there is no better time to launch a new off-road truck than the present! As you know the new Ram TRX is already hitting dealerships now. The TRX is powered by a supercharged V8, and Ford is looking to answer the Ram with the next-generation of the very successful F-150 Raptor truck.
Here is the multi-million dollar question. Will the next Ford Raptor be powered by a supercharged V8? Prototype truck sightings of a Raptor with a possible V8 are still coming. The evidence is mounting, but there is no official word about this from Ford. There are several recent videos of prototype trucks with audible V8 sounds, but no video provides 100% definitive engine revs to confirm a V8. Even if a prototype truck has a V8 engine, there is no guarantee that the production truck will have one as well.
Ford needs to match or beat the performance of the new 702 horsepower V8 TRX. Can they do it with a V8 or a high-output V6 Hybrid powertrain? We will have to wait a little longer to find out. We should know most if not all relevant detail on February 3rd. Please stay tuned to TFLtruck.com for all the latest.
The 2nd-gen Raptor is already a high-performance off-road truck that has 450 horsepower and weighs about 6,000 lbs. This is a power-to-weight ratio of about 13.3 lbs/hp. The new TRX packs 702 horsepower and weighs about 6,500 lbs for a 9.3 lbs/hp weight ratio. This is a significant difference that we are sure Ford is looking at.
There is also the question of price. The new TRX starts at around $71,000 and goes to about $100,000 with all options. The current 2nd-gen Raptor tops out at around $77,000 as far as MSRP is concerned. If people are willing to pay closer to $100K for a truck like this, then Ford has room to add more features and technology to the next Raptor.