The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R didn’t beat the Ram TRX. At such high levels, small things are making a difference. For a long time, the FCA was announcing the Raptor-killer truck. We expected a supercharged V8 with 707 hp, but the company missed out on 5 ponies. Ford immediately responded with the Raptor R. While many fans thought it will make 750+ ponies, the enhanced Raptor is good for 700 hp.
Everything on this truck belongs to the high-end. The engine, off-road equipment, exterior upgrades, interior features, and the price. However, we don’t think it can beat the popularity of its lighter sibling. The legendary Raptor was out of sight for all the rivals for a long time. The Ram TRX is a higher league. But, not too many truckers will pay so much for the ride. They invest extra for performance upgrades, but the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is for showing off.
2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Specs
A 5.2-liter supercharged V8 is the option engineers are installing for the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R. The same unit is being used for the Shelby GT500 version of the Mustang pony car, where it makes 760 hp. For the truck, Ford squeezed 700 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque out of the ‘Predator’ powerplant. We expected more, but this is a big upgrade compared to the regular Raptor and its 450 hp and 510 lb-ft.
A ten-speed automatic transmission is sending power to all wheels. Of course, the 4×4 is standard for better traction. Compared to other vehicles using the same gearbox, Raptor R has a revisited version with a better torque conversion. The most important upgrade is the peak of the twisting power at lower and mid ranges. Designers also made a few modifications to enhance the performance. For example, the Raptor R has larger air intakes that improve airflow and cooling.
Notable Styling Upgrades and Pricing
The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is pretty similar to the standard version with a V6 engine. Compared to the Ram TRX, it is 750 pounds lighter. The ground clearance is 13 inches and the truck wears 37-inch tires. Special hood and bed graphics are unveiling the special model of the vehicle. Of course, unique colors are used for details. This time, it’s called Code Orange.
The interior is not too special. The layouts are similar to the standard editions. You will spot carbon-fiber accents and several R badges around the cabin. Recaro seats are more comfortable than most other options you can find in the F-150 lineup. Drive modes are activated through the R button on the steering wheel.
The new 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is going to cost $110,000. The previous edition was priced at $82,000 and this is a huge price increase. Compared to the only competition, that is $30k difference. We’ll see what GM has to say. The new Silverado 1500 ZR2 disappointed those fans who thought it will be a rival to Raptor R and TRX. Another chance is to see Chevy Reaper in the action.
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