2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V6 unveiled, Raptor R V8 coming in 2022

Say hello to the almighty new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor V6, which will be joined by a Raptor R V8 next year. Ford is describing the new model as the most connected and best-performing version yet.

The powertrain consists of a 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This is connected to a new torque-on-demand transfer case, with an electronic-locking rear differential as standard and available Torsen limited-slip differential for the front end. Ford hasn’t mentioned the engine outputs at this stage.

One of the most impressive aspects of the new model is the suspension and off-road preparation. A new five-link rear end now features extra-long trailing arms, a Panhard rod, and 24-inch coil springs (apparently the longest in the class). There’s also next-gen Fox Live Valve internal bypass shocks and electronic control technology. These are the largest shocks ever for the pickup, measuring 3.1 inches in diameter.

For the first time, the F-150 is available with 37-inch tyres. This is the largest factory-fitted tyre for a production pickup, Ford says. Buyers can also stick with standard 35-inch units. With the 37s the Raptor offers 333mm of ground clearance (13.1 inches), and a 33.1-degree approach angle and 24.9-degree departure angle.

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For the first time in the Raptor the 3.0-inch exhaust system features a unique X-pipe and active valves, offering drivers Quiet, Normal, Sport, and Baja modes. Speaking of modes, drivers can also select between Slippery, Tow, Sport, Normal, Off-road, Baja, and Rock Crawl terrain modes. These all alter the steering feel, transfer case, stability control, exhaust, damping, and powertrain mapping.

Inside, passengers are treated to a 12-inch central touch-screen running SYNC 4, with SYNC AppLink, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with tunes pumped through an optional 18-speaker B&O Unleashed sound system.There’s also a 12-inch digital screen for the instrument cluster, with Raptor-specific graphics and displays.

Production of the 2021 F-150 Raptor will take place at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, with showroom entry commencing during the middle of the year. Details on the Raptor R V8 are yet to be revealed, but Ford says it is “coming next year”.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.