The 3rd-generation of the Ford Raptor is here, and we compare the newest 2021 Ford Raptor to the original 1st-generation and 2nd-generation trucks. All three of these trucks happen to be painted in Velocity Blue (or version thereof).
Ford SVT Raptor (2010-2014)
The original F-150 Raptor (by SVT) went on sale for the 2010 model year. Ford says the truck was inspired by the trophy off-road racing trucks. The 1st-gen truck had a wide-body, increased suspension travel, FOX shocks, and a V8 engine. The 1st-gen started out with a 5.4-liter V8 and soon was supplemented and replaced by a 6.2-liter V8 that offered up to 411 horsepower on premium fuel. The SVT Raptor introduced the notion of a special Off-Road driving mode.
Ford Raptor 2nd-Gen (2017-2020)
The 2nd-generation of the Raptor brought many changes, but the recipe remained mostly the same. It’s still a wide-body off-road truck with lots of suspension travel and the latest generation of FOX shocks. Under the hood is a high-output version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. This one produces up to 450 horsepower on premium fuel. This version of the truck took the Off-Road driving modes to a whole new level. For the 2019-2020 model years when the truck received FOX 3.0 Live Valve active shocks. This version of the truck offered drive-mode adjustments for the engine, transmission, suspension, steering feel, and traction control systems.
Ford Raptor 3rd-Gen (2021-… )
The newest generation of the Raptor takes the premium off-road truck the furthest away from a standard F-150. While the frame is largely the same as an F-150, the truck now has coil-spring rear suspension and many unique suspension components front and rear. This truck keeps the same 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, although the maximum 510 lb-ft of torque now comes in earlier (at 3,000 rpm). This generation moves to the latest FOX 3.1 Live Valve active shocks and a very unique exhaust system. The new equal-length exhaust system has two adjustable valves and four distinct exhaust modes.
Many more 2021 Ford Raptor 0-60 MPH and Raptor off-road videos are coming on Tuesday, August 31st.