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Once upon a time, sport trucks took a back seat in favor of a new breed of pickups. A breed specialized in off-road shenanigans, that is. The Raptor launched in 2009 for the 2010 model year with a choice of two V8s, then Ford redesigned the dune-bashing pickup for 2017 with two fewer cylinders and a twin-turbocharged setup to boot. Although more capable off the beaten path compared to its predecessor, the second-generation Raptor came under a lot of criticism for its force-fed V6 engine. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, save for the lack of aural titillation we all expect from this kind of vehicle. Fortunately for Raptor enthusiasts, the six-cylinder in the third-gen Raptor is a little more exciting. The Dearborn-based automaker didn’t stop there, though. It also engineered the 2021-and-newer Raptor to accommodate 37-inch tires from the factory. The cherry on top had to wait until

Dax Shepard has proudly introduced his new, supercharged pickup truck. It’s a mighty Ford F-150 Raptor R, and one of its biggest fans is Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo. Shepard, who is an actor, comedian, and podcast host, has always been very vocal about his passion for cars. He doesn't just buy them and moves on to the next, but he also likes getting involved in upgrading and restoring them. His garage hosts a 1967 Lincoln Continental, a 1990 Chevy 454 SS, a Chrysler Pacifica, a 1994 Buick Roadmaster, but also a Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon. Plus a few motorcycles. He has just introduced everyone to his latest ride, a powerful Ford F-150 Raptor R, and showed his excitement over the pickup truck writing, “insert Jaws theme song here.” And he also promises that the car won’t remain in its stock form, writing, “stay tuned for mods.” The Ford F-150 Raptor R is one

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R brings V-8 power back to Ford's performance off-road pickup truck. YouTube channel Late Model Restoration recently strapped one to a dyno to see how well the Raptor R manages that extra power. The truck's supercharged 5.2-liter V-8, a variant of the Predator engine used in the recently discontinued Mustang Shelby GT500, is rated at 700 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque. However, that's measured at the crank, not the wheels. To see how much power actually makes it to the ground, it needed to visit a dyno. Using 93-octane fuel and a showroom-fresh truck with 120 miles on the odometer, Late Model Restoration recorded 580 hp at 6,300 rpm and 533 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm at the rear wheels. Note that while the 10-speed automatic transmission's seventh gear has the 1:1 ratio that would provide the most accurate result, the test was run in fifth gear to

The entire F-150 lineup is getting a mid-cycle refresh, and that includes the supercharged 700-hp off-roader. The full-size truck segment moves fast in the US. It's hard to believe the current-generation Ford F-150 is already a couple of years old, but a mid-cycle refresh for the best-selling rig is already well into the testing phase. That places the hardcore F-150 Raptor R in a strange position, as it's technically an F-150. That means it will also get a facelift despite debuting less than a year ago. These photos offer our first look at the Raptor with updated styling. Like other F-150 trims we've spied recently, the Raptor R's exterior changes will be relegated to the front and rear. Even then, the emphasis falls on the front where a larger grille exists behind the coverings. That will lead to an updated bumper, and we expect minor changes to the headlights as well. With the

Judging by these spy photos out of Michigan, the just-released off-road monster could be getting an early nip-and-tuck Spy shots suggest lighting changes are in store for ‘24 for the Raptor R Beyond what we can see, a revamped interior is expected The timing has us wondering: Could we see it at the Chicago Auto Show? Major truck manufacturers don’t tend to rest on their laurels for very long, often choosing to introduce a small styling tweak or powertrain tune in order to keep the rig fresh (and beat their competition over the head with a steel chair, natch). Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, it appears that Ford is deploying this trick with its just-released F-150 Raptor R. Our photographers caught this mildly camouflaged Raptor R plying the streets of Michigan, roaring about in all its V8 glory. This type of skin-tight camo on a vehicle’s front and rear ends generally suggests some mild appearance changes

Until recently, the Ram 1500 TRX served as the most powerful series-production ICE half-ton pickup in Mexico, where it costs 2,479,900 pesos. That means $131,830 at current exchange rates, which is quite a bit more than what Ram is charging stateside for its off-road performance truck. Ford can do better, though. Not only is the F-150 Raptor R more versatile off the beaten path, but it also costs a wee bit more. Marketed as the Lobo Raptor R in Mexico, the Predator-engined truck retails at 2,479,900 pesos or $135,650 at press time. Ford’s local division proudly describes it as being “la bestia mas fuerte de la galaxia” (the strongest beast in the galaxy), a description that might bring back memories of a ‘90s anime. Founded in 1925 as the country’s first automobile company, Ford of Mexico waxes lyrical about the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that explains the R suffix of the Raptor R. From the forged steel

Half-ton pickups designed for dune bashing to the tune of supercharger whine and V8 rumble. The 2023 model year Ford F-150 Raptor R and Ram 1500 TRX couldn’t be more similar, but on the other hand, one of these trucks is faster in the quarter mile. Care to guess which one? The HEMI-powered truck has the upper hand in this particular scenario, which is a bit curious given that we’re dealing with a curb weight of 6,350 pounds (2,880 kilograms) compared to 5,950 pounds (2,699 kilograms). On the other hand, it’s not exactly a surprising result given that lighter tires (35-inch-diameter rubber shoes for the Ram versus 37s for the Ford) translate to a lower moment of inertia. Rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag also have a big say from zero to the quarter mile, as do tire temperature, gearing, and – of course – the driver’s reaction. Back in November 2022, the good folks