One of the things that made the first-generation Ford F-150 Raptor great was its naturally aspirated V-8 engine. For the second generation of Raptor, Ford decided to ditch the V-8 in favor of a twin-turbocharged Ecoboost V-6. , a rumored special edition of the current Raptor will get the 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 from the Mustang Shelby GT500.
Multiple sources from within Ford told Car and Driver the company is brewing up a V-8 powered Raptor to serve as a sendoff for the current-gen F-150, which is scheduled for replacement in 2021 or 2022. The engine will be sourced from the upcoming Mustang Shelby GT500, which was revealed in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Ford has yet to reveal exact power figures for the GT500, saying only it'll make over 700 horsepower. It's safe to assume the Raptor version should make similar numbers. Car and Driver speculates this is Ford's answer to Ram's upcoming Hellcat-powered , which makes sense. They also predict Ford will use the 10-speed automatic transmission it co-developed with GM. Though it's not used in the GT500, it is used in the 650-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, meaning it probably won't have an issue handling all that power. The age of super-trucks is finally upon us.
Car and Driver predicts a launch date for the supercharged V-8 Raptor sometime in 2020, and a starting MSRP around $70,000—$15,000 more than the current V-6-powered Raptor. We can't wait.