2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Unveiled, TRX-Baiting Raptor R To Comply with

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor includes a new five-link rear suspension and redesigned entrance suspension elements. Fox supplies the dampers in any respect 4 corners. Ford

With the brand new 2021 Ford F-150 out of the beginning blocks and into shopper’s fingers, it’s time for the up to date 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor off-road variant to affix the lineup.

Now getting into its third era, the Raptor almost needed to itself the showroom-ready, off-road desert working pickup section since its 2010 introduction. Not too long ago, nevertheless, opponents have kicked up some filth of their very own, primarily the brand new 2021 Ram TRX and the upcoming  GMC Hummer EV. For that cause, many fanatics had been anticipating the brand new 2021 Raptor would possibly arrive packing the supercharged 700-plus-horsepower V8 discovered within the Shelby Mustang GT500.  

Ford had different concepts, nevertheless, and carried over the confirmed twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine and 10-speed computerized transmission, each with delicate upgrades.

As an alternative, it targeted on the solely new coil-spring rear suspension, a tuned exhaust system with revised engine mapping to take advantage of it, new Fox Dampers, obtainable 37-inch tires, and Ford’s newest connectivity and expertise options.

2021 Ford Raptor
The confirmed 3.5-liter V6 carries over for 2021, however Ford hints the upcoming Raptor R could pack a mighty V8 to go head-to-head with the Ram TRX. Ford

Twin-Turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 Returns

Ford hasn’t launched the official horsepower and torque numbers but, however we count on a slight enhance from the 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque produced by the present Raptor thanks partially to a brand new exhaust system.

An equal-length design, the exhaust employs energetic valves and a real pass-through muffler. 4 driver-selectable modes—Quiet, Regular, Sport and Baja—hold issues quiet or loud as situations dictate. It additionally employs an X-pipe, a confirmed methodology of extracting just a few extra horsepower and altering a given engine’s exhaust notice. Apparently, Ford has a patent pending on this new crossover design; we hope to study what makes it distinctive and patent-worthy sooner or later.

As earlier than, an digital locking rear differential is commonplace and a Torsen entrance limited-slip differential is accessible. Most payload will increase by 200 kilos, to 1,400 kilos, whereas most towing additionally will increase 200 kilos, to eight,200 kilos of standard towing.

Lengthy Journey Suspension with Fox Shocks and Obtainable 37-inch Tires

This birds-eye-view of the rear suspension in motion illustrates the rugged functionality and 13-inch journey of the brand new five-link rear suspension. Ford

Innovation might be discovered within the 2021 Raptor’s new five-link, coil-spring rear suspension. A alternative for the outgoing mannequin’s leaf-spring setup, it’s one instance the place the brand new Raptor goes toe-to-toe with the TRX. (The usual F-150 nonetheless makes use of a leaf-spring setup.) Designed to realize a number of aims and mix consolation, stability, dealing with, management and traction at pace, it options extra-long trailing arms to take care of axle place on tough terrain. 24-inch tall coil springs, claimed to be the longest in use on a full-size pickup underneath 8,500 kilos, present loads of wheel journey. (Ram made some comparable noise in regards to the TRX’s 23.7-inch tall springs at launch, however who’s counting—proper?)

Longtime Raptor shock provider Fox contributes second-gen “Stay Valve” electronically managed shock absorbers with inside bypass expertise to make sure comfortable landings and hold the wheels in touch with irregular terrain. The biggest shocks ever fitted to a Raptor, the three.1-inch diameter shocks make the most of a brand new low-friction fluid designed to enhance on and off-road consolation. Quite a few sensors report information, together with suspension peak and different car elements to regulate the damping charges at every nook as much as 500 occasions per second. This implies they supply a variety of the consolation and functionality dialed in for the terrain at hand, whether or not billiard-table clean freeway or ski-mogul like dunes. It additionally controls the axle higher for faster take-offs from a useless cease. Wheel journey with the 35-inch tires is 14 inches in entrance and 15 inches within the rear, a 15% enhance over the first-gen Raptor.  

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Ford factors out that even with the brand new coil-spring rear suspension, the Raptor’s spare tire matches beneath the mattress; the Ram TRX requires the spare to be mounted within the mattress. Ford

Along with the usual 35-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain T/A KO2 tires, 37-inch tires will be part of the combo. (Ford is fast to level out these are “the most important factory-fitted to a manufacturing light-duty full-size pickup.) Deciding on the 37’s will increase floor clearance from 12- inches to 13.1, strategy angle from 31 levels to 31.1, departure angle from 23.9 levels to 24.9 and breakover angle from 22.7 levels to 24.4.  

Seven selectable drive modes—Slippery, Tow/Haul, Sport, Regular, Off-Street, Baja and Rock Crawl—configure steering really feel, switch case conduct, stability management, energetic valve exhaust, energetic damping system, throttle mapping, transmission shift factors and the gauge cluster for the given setting.

Ford’s Path 1-Pedal Drive is commonplace. Meant to simplify excessive off-roading driving, it combines throttle and braking features right into a single motion. The throttle pedal handles each features incrementally making use of—or releasing—the braking motion proportionally with accelerator pedal journey. Take your foot off the fuel, and the brakes take maintain; apply some throttle, and the brakes gently launch.  

Path Management can be commonplace. A Cruise management of kinds for off-road journey, it manages throttle and braking routinely, with the car pace managed by the driving force.

The bottom 2.0-kilowatt model of Ford’s Professional Energy Onboard system with bed-mounted 120-volt retailers is accessible on the 2021 Raptor.

2021 ford f-150 raptor interior
The F-150’s folding shifter and obtainable workstation middle console carry over from the usual F-150. The instrument cluster options Raptor-exclusive graphics. Ford

Styling and Expertise Upgrades

Redesigned together with the usual F-150, the brand new Raptor will get an influence dome hood with a warmth extractor and useful facet vents on the prime of the fenders impressed by the intakes of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet. A blacked-out grille and headlights crew with blacked-out taillights; an obtainable tailgate appliqué enhances the daring stance. Safety measures embrace a wider entrance skidplate, metal entrance and rear bumpers and high-mounted exhaust suggestions. Patrons can select from three wheel designs, two with beadlock functionality.  

The brand new F-150 Raptor will get most of the commonplace truck’s inside updates, together with a customizable 12-inch digital gauge cluster Raptor-specific graphics, off-road information and turn-by-turn navigation. A normal 12-inch middle display screen supplies for split-screen for viewing navigation and music different information concurrently. Over the air updates can be utilized in the usual truck method however may additionally embrace path map updates and extra.

SYNC 4 is commonplace, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system is accessible. Bolstered seats are commonplace, however Recaros are on provide. Aluminum paddle shifters bracket a brand new steering wheel with a novel brand and centering mark. Inside trim is aluminum however a carbon fiber inside package deal is accessible.

The high-performance Raptor R will arrive subsequent yr.

The 2021 F-150 Raptor will arrive in showrooms this summer season. Ford’s Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, will assemble the Raptor.

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