Surprise: Did Ford Accidentally Publish the 2021 Ford Raptor Power Specs in Their Towing Guide?

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor - design take
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The new 2021 Ford Raptor made its world debut earlier this year, and Ford has announced most of the specifications. However, the power rating for the latest twin-turbo V6 remained unlisted. A closer inspection of the 2021 Ford towing guide (page 3) shows an update that lists the new 2021 Ford Raptor engine output. Did Ford publish the latest specs? Let’s dig deeper.

The new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor 3.5-liter twin-turbo H.O. EcoBoost V6 has this rating according to this official document that is dated as of May 19th, 2021. While the towing document does not specify this, this maximum power rating is usually listed when using premium octane fuel.

2021 Ford Raptor output:

  • Power: 450 hp @ 5,850 rpm
  • Torque: 510 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm 

While the numbers are the same as they were for the previous generation of the Raptor, there is more to it than that. The new engine appears to be tuned about slightly differently. This version appears to have more low-end torque, and higher-rpm peak power.

2021 ford f-150 raptor power torque output rating ecoboost twin turbo v6
Screenshot from the 2021 Ford RV & Towing guide.

As was previously announced, the new Raptor will use the latest version of Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission as well. When the 3rd-generation truck made its world debut, Ford said that the truck’s new coil-spring rear suspension system will be more effective at putting the engine’s power down to the pavement or to the dirt. However, Ford has not made any statements about how quick this new truck will be. There are no official 0-60 MPH acceleration estimates as of now.

The previous version of the 3.5-liter High Output EcoBoost V6 engine was rated at 450 hp @ 5,000 rpm and 510 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm. This latest version of the engine puts down maximum torque a bit sooner (at 3,000 rpm).  However, the maximum horsepower comes in higher in the rpm range. The max power output is listed at 5,850 rpm in the newest engine.

The new 2021 Raptor will be available only in a crew cab configuration (with a 5.5-foot bed). Here are the maximum weight ratings for the truck.

2021 Ford Raptor:

  • Maximum payload: 1,400 lbs
  • Maximum towing: 8,200 lbs

These payload and trailer towing ratings were previously announced by Ford. It just so happens that the 2021 Raptor has a towing rating that is 100 lbs higher than that for the 2021 Ram TRX. Although, the supercharged V8 in the TRX produces much more power (702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque).

We will still have to wait until next year for the Raptor R version of the truck. Ford still has not officially announced what engine or powertrain will power the R-version of the production truck. Most rumors suggest it will be a supercharged V8, but we will have to wait and see to know for sure.

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