The Ford Raptor’s current generation is rumored to be retired in the best way possible: using the supercharged engine out of the upcoming Ford Mustang GT500.
Despite not having a big V8 engine, the Ford Raptor is a much-beloved pickup truck that has single-handedly defined itself as a super truck. It’s got performance far and away from anything any competing truck maker has to offer, and more than that, it’s just a lot of fun to drive.
However, the one criticism that has been leveled at the Raptor is its engine. As a twin-turbo V6, the motor makes plenty of oomph (450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque, to be exact), but it doesn’t quite sound like what a pickup truck should be. That being a big, rumbling V8.
Well, now those criticisms can be laid to rest since Ford is finally giving the Raptor a V8 engine. And also a massive supercharger so you’ll never be able to hear the rumbling V8 for the supercharger’s incessant whine.
According to sources speaking to Car and Driver, Ford is taking the 5.2-L supercharged V8 from their upcoming Shelby Mustang GT500 and placing it deftly in the engine well of the Raptor. It will make more than 700 horsepower, just as currently being advertised in the GT500, and it will probably also come with the same 10-speed automatic transmission as the current Raptor and not the 7-speed dual-clutch found in the GT500. Because that would just be silly.
It would also be the current Raptor’s swan song, according to the report. The current generation of F-150 pickup is set to retire around 2021 or 2022, with this V8-powered Raptor likely arriving in late 2020 for either a single year or two-year production run. There won’t be many of these Raptors available, so scarcity and more power will likely push the Raptor’s starting price above the $70,000 mark.
That’s a big price tag for a pickup, but then consider that you could have a fancy Mustang or a fancy F-150 and still have enough left over to buy a regular Mustang.