The F-150 Raptor has been synonymous with high-performance and off-road abilities ever since its launch in 2010. For 2016, this stunning pickup truck came with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that replaced the old 6.2-liter V8. Now, the latest reports suggest that the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor might receive a new twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. Ford has been developing the Twin-Turbo V8 for several years, preparing it primarily for the next-generation GT500. What is more, the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor could also benefit from the updates intended for the regular 2018 F-150. If that pans out, this highly capable truck will become even more impressive than it already is.
The 2018 Ford Raptor is most likely to hit the dealerships in mid-2017, although it has yet to be confirmed by the company.
2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Specs
As mentioned, the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor is rumored to adopt the twin-turbo 5.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 powertrain. Although the power output figures are still unavailable, models powered by this mighty engine will certainly surpass all of the predecessors in terms of performance. However, Ford intends to keep the current 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 as the entry-level option that churns around 450 horsepower. When it comes to the transmission, the all-new Twin-Turbo V8 will be mated to the same ten-speed automatic gearbox used by the EcoBoost V6. The updated Raptor will also benefit from the recent mechanical upgrades that include Ford’s latest Terrain Management System, as well as the all-new Torque-on-Demand transfer case.
2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Design
Of course, the upcoming Raptor will differ from the standard version of the popular F-150 pickup. The most notable distinguishing feature comes with the large FORD lettering that stretches across the vehicle’s front end. The Raptor also comes six inches wider than the regular F-150, with raised front and rear bumpers that contribute to improved off-road capability. Other striking features include a huge front skid plate, as well as restyled front fender vents. The rear side also gets large FORD block-lettering and new dual exhaust tips. Just like its predecessor, the 2018 Raptor will be available in SuperCab and SuperCrew variants, with the latter offering a more capacious cabin thanks to its 12 inches longer wheelbase.