By on October 19, 2020

Ford’s Raptor is one tough truck, and it has new competition, thanks to the Ram TRX. Not only that, but the F-150 on which it’s based is new for 2021. So it figures, then, that a new Raptor is on the way.

And this one might be available only in a SuperCrew configuration. Maybe not for the entirety of the model run, but perhaps at least at first.

Reporting from Ford Authority and Motor1 seems to suggest that based on a leaked VIN decoder for the 2021 model, there will be no SuperCab model available.

All we do know so far is that Ford has confirmed the truck will be available during the 2021 model year. Rumors suggest that there will be two engines to choose from – a twin-turbo V6 (which might have some sort of hybrid setup) and the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 from the Shelby GT500. The styling cues that separate it from the “regular” F-150 may be different, too.

It also appears the rear suspension might go coil spring, to replace the current leaf-spring setup.

Can’t say we’re surprised Ford might only offer four full doors instead of a choice between that and swing-out half doors. The easier ingress and egress seems worth any trade-off in length.

We’ll know for sure at some point. Until then, let the leaks continue to dribble out.

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24 Comments on “Report: Next Ford Raptor to be SuperCrew Only...”


  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    How else are you supposed to get your pals to the Juneteenth Antifa/BLM riot on time? Black Bloc has got schedules to keep, skids of bricks to drop off and so on. ;-)

    • 0 avatar
      Imagefont

      Antifa stands for “anti-fascist”, and I’d hope that’s something we can all get behind. But this and BLM has nothing to do with a pickup truck. Or were you just looking for another opportunity to put your racist, bigoted, ignorant views on display in a public forum while hiding your true identity?

      • 0 avatar
        Pig_Iron

        That’s just a conspiracy theory that has been debunked by #snopes.
        ;-)

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        Sure, most sane people are in fact anti fascist. Simply applying a name to something doesn’t automatically make it so. The German Democratic Republic was neither Democratic or a Republic. The People’s Republics of China and Korea are in fact not actually republics.

    • 0 avatar
      Ol Shel

      What’s the matter? Did Stormfront kick you out of their comments section?

      Save your ignorant comments for right-wing POLITICAL sites.

  • avatar
    SPPPP

    I doubt that ease of access is the reason for changing the Raptor to SuperCrew. I would guess it has more to do with reducing production complexity and/or increasing structural rigidity. (The addition of the B-pillar probably makes it stiffer than the SuperCab.)

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I’m not up on the nomenclature, does SuperCab = regular cab or extended cab?

    Oh and leaf spring on the *starting* at $53K version of the F-150 was always wrong and frankly embarrassing. I get it on the 2WD beater work truck, not on the vrroooommmmm Raptooooor.

    • 0 avatar
      Firestorm 500

      SuperCab is an extended cab with 4 doors. They open clamshell-style with no pillar in the middle. The bed is a standard bed, 6.5 feet. SuperCrew has 4 full doors with a pillar in the middle. All the doors are front-hinged. You get about 18 inches more rear seat room, but the bed is only 5 feet, a short bed. The frame lengths and wheelbase are the same.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        Actually, unlike normal SuperCabs, the Raptor SCab has the 5.5 ft bed, same as the SuperCrew. But the SCrew has only 12″ more rear legroom. So there’s a foot difference in frame/wheelbase.

        The SCab does have B-pillars, but they’re built into the rear doors (and clip top and bottom).

        The Raptor SCab just looks sportier, like comparing a coupe to a sedan.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Thank you.

    • 0 avatar
      Pig_Iron

      I still mix up Styleside and Flareside. :-(

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    I wouldn’t mind a new version of the F150 SVT Lightning which had the supercharged 5.4 Triton and was regular cab only. It’s a bit more maneuverable for many who don’t need a bro dozer.

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Ford has said the current F-truck is too porky to do a proper Lightning. When they looked at adding power it required beefing up the brakes which required larger wheels which boned acceleration requiring more power and bigger brakes and bigger wheels which all required more power.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        When did they say that?
        Shelby, Roush and Saleen all offer hopped-up F-150s right now. The Shelby and Saleen versions have 22s with 6-piston calipers and their acceleration is hardly “boned” so I’m not sure where Ford’s concern is.

      • 0 avatar
        Dan

        The jellybean Lightning came in around 4,700 lbs. A no-option 2WD RCSB 5.0 is 4,300 – big wheels and nicer interior and such would plump to 4,500, still lighter than the old one – and runs 13.2s bone stock.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    I don’t know how many of you remember Ford’s original release of the Raptor; they went so far as to televise a documentary of the design and building of the truck. Thing is, that truck interested both me and my wife, to the point she actually suggested getting one… until they announced the price.

    Now they’re saying ONLY SuperCrew? Nope. Sorry. It was bad enough as a grossly-overpriced extended cab; going SuperCrew has totally destroyed the concept in both price and usefulness. I’d rather have the Jeep.

    • 0 avatar
      Pig_Iron

      Like I said about the Ridgeline, Imagine a sales department so youth marketing woke it excludes all customers who would prefer an extended cab with a longer box.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      I sympathize on the body style gripes, but they can only ask what people are willing to pay price wise and no manufacturer seems to have any difficulty moving trucks like this at near MSRP. That’s like me griping that nobody will sell me that Ferrari 250 GT California I want for cheap. They don’t have to.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        From what I’ve seen, Art, the OEMs intentionally over-price their trucks in order to allow for a built-in 10%-15% ‘rebate’ off of retail, with the possible exception of the highest-end models (and their mid-sized models.) When you can go buy a Silverado equipped identically to my Colorado at up to $4,000 less after incentives and no incentives on the mid-sizer, you know the full-sized models are grossly overpriced. They are smart enough to realize that if it’s a model with real demand and very limited availability, people are willing to pay more as a result.

        • 0 avatar
          DenverMike

          You could say anyone paying full MSRP is an idiot, especially on common everyday examples. But it happens everyday.

          Consumers trading in an Accord, Lexus or something may not be aware of how the system works. Or they have to be the first on the block with an all new body change.

          So are they truly “over-priced”??

          The bag of regular size (10 oz) Doritos chips have a $4.29 “suggested price” and you’d crazy to pay that, but at the mini-mart, gas station, etc, you can take it or leave it, that’s what they trade at.

          • 0 avatar
            IHateCars

            “Overpriced” is typically code used by those who, if they can’t afford it, will say it must be “overpriced”. Meh, whatever….

            My first Raptor was a ‘10 SCab with the 6.2, I then traded up to a ‘12 SCrew….I much prefer the room/utility of the SCrew…but the SCab’s proportions were sportier from an aesthetic standpoint.

            I’m still driving the ‘12, it’s getting up there in age/mileage but I keep it in great shape and I have it built the way that I want, so I’ll hang onto it for a while. Plus while I like the new ones, I’m not crazy about the twin boosted 3.5.
            And they’re expensive…starting at $80K up here…..they must be “overpriced”….Lol.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          I don’t think I’d call the Raptor “limited availability”. It seems well matched to demand as they aren’t heavily incentivized (many incentives exclude the Raptor), nor do they sell over market.

          When items are overpriced, they typically do not sell.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    The Raptor is known to outsell the Titan and Ridgeline combined. Now those are what’s overpriced.

    The market decides what’s overpriced.

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