By on August 14, 2020

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.

[Image: Ford]

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25 Comments on “Hark! Is That a V8 Inside the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor?...”


  • avatar
    R Henry

    This ongoing “leak” type of marketing is becoming terribly transparent and boring.

    If the 7.3L, Raptor sales will surge.

    Doesn’t Ford remember the impact created when the non-leaked GT rolled on the stage?

    Credit where credit is due: Well Done Mark Fields!

    • 0 avatar
      Rocket

      I see absolutely nothing to suggest this is a staged “leak”. These things really do need to test in the wild, and cameras are everywhere — especially in southeast Michigan where much of the engineering is done.

      • 0 avatar
        MrIcky

        @rocket I do, look at the site name. compare to the bronco6g site where it’s pretty clear they get a phone call that’s something like- “hey, I’m not saying be at this intersection at 8am….but…”

  • avatar
    MrIcky

    So the day before the bronco comes out, jeep teases a 392 powered wrangler. The TRX comes out Monday and somehow this breaks cover the Friday before. Feels like jeep/ram/dodge are better at poking bears.

    • 0 avatar
      Imagefont

      I rented a Wrangler Unlimited for the week and was curious what the engine bay looked like – I assumed it had the 3.6V6. This thing has a 2.0L turbo 4 banger and it looks like it fills the engine bay completely. I’d hate to see what it would look like with a rather large V8 stuff in there.

  • avatar
    Rocket

    Terrible audio, but from what I’m hearing I’m not convinced it’s a V8. Doesn’t mean a V8 won’t be available, however. I’ll be surprised if the EcoBoost V6 doesn’t remain the standard offering to keep the base price within reason.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    It’s definitely a V8, and it sounds like a big one.

    The whole rear-end area has extensive camo, so I suspect an IRS.

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Not sure why this is a tough decision for Ford. They have plenty of V8s in the stable – make a V8 or an EcoBoost available…nothing needed is from scratch.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Good. This “truck” should have never had a station wagon engine in it.

    Unfortunately that leaves two options. The 5.0L which will immediately put it behind the competition or the new, boat anchor 7.3L which I’ll immediately put it behind the competition.

    Ford could go forced induction but there hasn’t been any indication that the buffoons at Ford have been working on such a thing.

    Either way it’s nice to see Ford always playing catch-up to Ram.

  • avatar
    Garrett

    Meanwhile over at GM:

    • 0 avatar
      Firestorm 500

      ***crickets***

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      GM lost 800 million last quarter. Ford almost lost 2 billion.

      I wouldn’t worry about GM.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        “I wouldn’t worry about GM.”

        Haha! I wouldn’t either. GM has the full faith and credit of the US Treasury behind it, no matter who’s in office or who runs the Hill.

        And that piece of the action costs the US taxpayers only $11BILLION.

        Such a deal!

        And they’re cranking out tons of high-quality ventilators every day for the entire planet.

        They’re good for something. Just not vehicles.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        No one’s worried. But it’s terribly disgusting watching The New GM build the world’s 2nd (soon to the 3rd) most profitable vehicle in Mexico of mostly Chinese parts.

        GM will get what’s coming to them, don’t worry.

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          So GM should take the Ford route? Lots of North American parts in vehicles built here and TONS of recalls as well.

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            So GM recalls are excused when the defective brake and other parts are Chinese/Chinesium?

            GM has the oldest trucks under the newest skin. They should have diminishing recalls too, but obviously they don’t.

            It’s just more insults on top of insults.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            Where did anyone say anything about excusing GM recalls?

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            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.

  • avatar
    micko4472

    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 …

    • 0 avatar
      Rocket

      If they wish to go the supercharger route, they would almost certainly use the GT500’s blown 5.2L V8, or some version of it. And that’s precisely the engine that has been rumored. Sadly, I wasn’t able to hear a supercharger at work in the video, and I would expect it to be audible.

    • 0 avatar
      Imagefont

      People forget that logging roads and “Jeep” trails are way too narrow for full size pickup trucks. These things are expensive look-tough adult toys for overgrown children who want to brag about the capabilities of vehicles that never leave the pavement. Or perhaps just tackle the occasionally graded dirt road with an exciting washout now and then. But it’s no different than a Corvette politely obeying the speed limit and using all that horsepower for 5 seconds of excitement at a traffic light.

      • 0 avatar
        Rocket

        Ford doesn’t really promote the Raptor as a rock-crawler. It’s more of a Baja-inspired high performance desert runner. Think Gladiator Mojave rather than Gladiator Rubicon.

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        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.

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