Saying GOODBYE To Our First Edition Ford Bronco Sucks, But You Won’t Believe What We Bought Instead

Or you totally *will* believe what

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After 18 months, it’s time to move on from the new Ford Bronco.

The TFL team has enjoyed some memorable moments with Ford’s new Wrangler fighter, but we want to keep things fresh for you guys as much as we can, so after several tests and videos documenting the Bronco’s remarkable off-road capability, the time has come to bring another new vehicle into the fleet. Naturally, because the video’s on TFLtruck, you know what type of vehicle we ended up replacing it with. As for the specific model, well…it’s probably obvious to you long-time watchers based on the fact we’ve already owned a Ram TRX, a new Toyota Tundra and even the Chevy Silverado ZR2.

So, drumroll please, as we introduce…the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R! Yeah, with all the hype surrounding the last hurrah of supercharged V8 super trucks, Roman had to jump on this opportunity to strike while the iron’s hot. Much like the Bronco was an answer to the Jeep Wrangler, Ford launched this Raptor R as a response to the rambunctious Ram TRX.

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With a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 under the hood — aptly named the “Predator” — you get 700 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. That pretty much matches the TRX tit-for-tat, though we’ll see just how good its performance is against our experience with the Ram in the coming months.

As a package, the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R sits at the top of the tree for the fourteenth-generation F-150. Not only is it the most potent truck, but it’s also the most expensive…packing $30,575 on top of the standard twin-turbo V6 Raptor’s price tag. That is, assuming you can snag an allocation and your dealer isn’t playing games with so-called “market adjustments”.

Thanks to your support in growing TFL Studios’ presence and experience with Denver-area dealership Brighton Ford, we were able to get our hands on this Code Orange Raptor R. Funnily enough, this Raptor’s $109,055 MSRP is almost exactly double what TFL paid for the original SVT Raptor back in 2014 (more on that purchase here).

Tommy and Roman provide the low-down on this truck below, and don’t worry about when you’ll see it again. We have a vast assortment of videos planned, so stay tuned to the TFLtruck and TFLoffroad channels for more!