The current-generation Ford F-150 Raptor is more capable than the previous truck in every way. The 450-horsepower Ecoboost V-6 under the hood is one of the main reasons why. Though it may be more powerful and more efficient, it doesn't make the same great V-8 noises as the original V-8-powered Raptor. Well, if is to be believed, that could be about to change.
Ford Authority spoke with unnamed sources familiar with Ford's future product plans, who confirmed the company is testing an "ultra-high-performance version" of the the F-150 Raptor with a V-8 engine.
The source doesn't say which engine this high-performance Raptor will use, but according to Ford Authority, the two most likely power plants are the 5.2 supercharged "Voodoo" V-8 found in the Mustang Shelby GT500, or a high-performance version of the 7.3-liter pushrod V-8 bound for the next Super Duty.
This isn't the first time we've heard about the existence of a new V-8-powered Raptor from Ford. Back in March, sources from within the company the Raptor would be receiving the GT500's Voodoo engine to face off against Ram's upcoming with a starting MSRP of around $70,000—$15,000 more than the current Raptor's starting price. Car and Driver predicts that like the GT500, this supercharged Raptor will make north of 700 horsepower. It will also use the 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with GM. It's predicted this truck will hit the market in 2021 near the end of the current F-150's production run.