For now the updated 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor still makes do with a turbocharged V6, but next year the Raptor R is coming with a V8 borrowed from the Mustang Shelby GT500
There’s never been a better time to buy a super-truck, except maybe in the 1990s when you could get a stick-shift, single-bench, short-bed pick-up – although that’s not a super-truck, that’s just a super truck.
If you thought sedans were getting ridiculous, the dune-jumping segment is even more bonkers. Ram will sell you a TRX with a Hellcat engine worth 700 horsepower and Chevrolet is also reportedly getting in on the act with an upcoming model. The Ford F-150 Raptor still got there first, and for 2022 the updated truck received a bunch of changes to stick with the pack.
First off, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll once again be able to order the Raptor with a V8 engine next year, though for now the turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 remains up front. Ford isn’t revealing much about the monster Raptor R, but we suspect Dearborn will go with the ‘Predator’ V8 out of the Mustang Shelby GT500. The all-alloy ‘motor’ displaces 5.2 litres, with a big supercharger bolted on top of it to serve up to 760 horsepower.
Off-road ability has gone up a notch regardless of which engine you choose, with a new five-link rear suspension design, more wheel travel, and massive 37-inch all-terrains available over the standard 35-inch tyres.
Ford engineers also installed a new equal-length exhaust system and improved engine bay ventilation with higher-power cooling fans (and a new vented bonnet), which is quite useful in the UAE desert. The interior gets a more digitalised dash and designers claim that the cabin materials have been improved, particularly if you look at the fresh steering wheel. The V6-engined Ford F-150 Raptor will be available as early as this summer.