the past few years, the Ford Raptor has been missing a V-8. It’s not that the powerplant used is bad – in fact, it is quite good.
However, when compared to something like the Ram TRX, it is a bit bland.
There's not much in terms of noise or bragging rights with the V-6 Raptor, and when you own a pickup
truck of this size and ability, you kind of want something to brag about, right? Anyhow
Ford has listened to the requests of customers and has come up with the Raptor R which takes
the normal Raptor and makes it even more capable. Here's all that makes this new super truck tick.
Ford has stated that to bring the V8 back to the Raptor line-up, a clever suspension system that could take the power and put it to the road effectively was necessary
This has led to a new five-link design that eliminates axle hop and can utilize the full horsepower of the big 5.2-liter V-8 from the Shelby GT500.
The front end has also received some changes and those are in the form of stiffer springs that
help cope with the added weight of the V-8 and a beefed-up axle that can withstand the additional power.
Further down the vehicle, Ford has also strengthened the transmission and driveshafts to ensure that customers have
no issues with durability when putting the Raptor R through the hard use it was intended to withstand
The Raptor R comes with 37-inch tires from the factory, and to fit those, the Panhard bar and hitch receiver had to be modified.
Ground clearance is 13.1 inches and approach, departure, and break-over angles are 33.1-, 24.9-, and 24.4 degrees, respectively.