Hark! Is That a V8 Inside the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor?

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
hark is that a v8 inside the 2022 ford f 150 raptor

With the Ram 1500 TRX assumed to arrive with a V8 making oodles of power, Ford’s F-150 Raptor may round out the year with egg on its face. In 2017, the Blue Oval ditched the model’s 6.2-liter V8 for a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and added a quartet of gears — pissing some die-hard fans of the model right off. Baja boys bemoaned the decision to put a more complicated motor into a vehicle that’s designed to be abused largely off-road, while others were just mad they were missing out on that V8 sound. However, most of those who weren’t obsessed with SVT badging agreed the changes hadn’t ruined the truck and that the second-gen suspension upgrades ultimately made for a better off-road vehicle.

That said, Ram dumping a model onto the market that targets the same audience, and with a V8 on board, is bad news for Ford. But it doesn’t have to be, especially if the noises we hear coming from the tailpipes of the latest test mule are what some listeners claim.

On Friday, F150Gen14 shared a video clip of a camouflaged F-Series pickup (h/t The Drive) sounding as if it’s packing a V8 beneath the hood. The footage features genuinely terrible audio throughout, but there are several moments where you can hear the vehicle pull away clearly (especially with headphones) and it doesn’t sound like the stock V6.

We already know Ford plans to equip some 14th generation F-150s with the brand’s 395-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, so it’s totally plausible the company hurried to whip something together for the Raptor once they knew Ram pulled the trigger on the TRX. But the outlet suggested this is to be the 2021 model year Raptor, despite Ford previously telling us the unit would take a year off. That was before leaked info, as well as some helpful VIN decoding that made it seem as though the pickup actually would be with us in 2021 — possibly equipped with a hybridized gas-electric V6.

Still, that seems like a lot of complicated components (and weight) to put into a truck whose greatest strength is flying off sand dunes. There’s plenty to speculate about here, but we’re mostly interested in borrowing your ears to help us decided weather we’re hearing a V8 in the video, or if Ford just outfitted the truck with a trick exhaust to keep everyone guessing.

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  • Garrett Garrett on Aug 15, 2020

    Meanwhile over at GM:

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Aug 16, 2020

      @EBFlex All automakers have plenty of recalls, which you brought up, and most are irrelevant. But when the parts are made in China that fail and it's a safety concern, that's another story. It amounts to sticking it to Americans in yet another way.

  • Micko4472 Micko4472 on Aug 15, 2020

    The Raptor and its Fiat and GM competitors are not "real" off road vehicles. They are too big. Way too big. Unless you are running around in the wide open deserts of the American SW chasing illegals. If, like I, you lived in CO and spent a lot of time on the old wagon roads and railroad grades in the Rockies that have become jeep trails, then you know that these Raptor and Raptor-like behemoths are non-starters. You want a two door Wrangler or equivalent. That aside, so long as Ford makes the Raptor as an F150 and not as an F250 (as it should), the 5 liter V8 should be adequate. Or maybe Ford should consider resurrecting the supercharged 5.4L v8 it made for a while. Now that would be a nice engine for a Raptor ...

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    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Aug 16, 2020

      @Imagefont Logging roads are big enough for log trucks so no they are not too narrow for a full size pickup. Not saying there aren't trails that are too narrow for a full size truck, just that logging roads aren't one of them.

  • Kat Laneaux What's the benefits of this as opposed to the Ford or Nissan. Will the mileage be better than the 19 city, 24 hwy? Will it cost less than the average of $60,000? Will it be a hybrid?
  • Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.
  • Zipper69 Some discreet dwebadging and this will pass for a $95k Lucid Air...
  • Zipper69 Does it REALLY have to be a four door?Surely a truly compact vehicle could stick with the half-door access with jump seats for short term passengers.
  • ToolGuy See kids, you can keep your old car in good condition.