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2021 F-150 Raptor

2021 F-150 Raptor

Overview

The third-generation F-150 Raptor is the original high-speed off-road performance truck and combines mechanical and technical brilliance with enhanced connected technology for the ultimate desert-running experience.

A high-performance off-road pickup is defined by its suspension, and the F-150 Raptor features a precision-engineered five-link rear suspension developed specifically for Raptor, designed to deliver more control and power to the ground with greater confidence over rough terrain at high speeds.

The rear suspension provides more wheel travel than any Raptor before and features extra-long trailing arms to better maintain axle position on rough terrain, a Panhard rod and 24-inch coil springs. The suspension design combined with sophisticated engine management software means the truck can put torque to the rear wheels for excellent throttle responsiveness and quickness off the line while simultaneously delivering comfort, stability, handling, control and traction at speed.

Soaking up giant whoops and landings comes courtesy of FOX Live Valve internal bypass shocks with state-of-the-art electronic control technology offering position-sensitive damping adjustability. Raptor’s largest-ever shocks are designed to better resist heat buildup and to react even faster to terrain changes for greater confidence over extended desert running. The 3.1-inch-diameter anodized aluminum shock bodies are filled with low-friction shock fluid specially designed to decrease frictional losses inside the damper for improved off and on-road comfort.

Raptor is available with either 35-inch or 37-inch tires – the largest factory-fitted to a production light-duty full-size pickup. Raptor with 37-inch tires features 13.1 inches of running clearance, 33.1 degrees of approach angle, a maximum 24.9 degrees of departure angle and 24.4 degrees of breakover angle to clear the biggest obstacles. Desert runners and rock crawlers alike will appreciate the outstanding wheel travel with 35-inch tires, reaching 14 inches at the front and 15 inches at the rear – 25 percent more travel than the first-generation Raptor.

Raptor is equipped with a third-generation high-output twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine delivering torque low in the rev range right where it counts. Customers will appreciate the productivity of available class-exclusive Pro Power Onboard™, giving them the ability to use their truck as a mobile generator. Raptor can be ordered with an available 2.0 kilowatts of exportable output to run power tools, air compressors, camp lights and other equipment.

A new three-inch equal-length exhaust system features a patent-pending built-in X-pipe, unique “trombone loop” and active valves. The system takes advantage of a true pass-through muffler design that improves sound quality. Customers can configure four sound level modes – Quiet, Normal, Sport and Baja.

The Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission with next-generation controls is bolted to an innovative torque-on-demand transfer case. A standard electronic locking rear differential and available TORSEN® front limited-slip differential are fitted with 4:10 final drive ratios. Maximum payload is 1,400 pounds while maximum towing is 8,200 pounds for conventional towing.

F-150 Raptor has a high-tech cockpit built for a commanding view in comfort and style. Front and center the steering wheel features a laser-etched logo, top centering mark and aluminum paddle shifters. Seats with large bolsters keep occupants in place, while even more aggressive Recaro® buckets are available. Standard aluminum or available carbon fiber interior packages trim the doors, instrument panel and center console. Lockable, fold-flat rear storage is available, adding a vault under the rear seats for stashing recovery ropes or high-lift jacks to aid in recoveries or repairs when others need help along the way.

A standard and customizable 12-inch digital gauge cluster features a large information-on-demand area with Raptor-specific graphics and animations, off-road data and turn-by-turn navigation. A customizable new 12-inch center screen is standard, allowing owners to split the screen and control multiple functions simultaneously, including navigation, music or truck features.

The Terrain Management System’s seven selectable drive modes allow customers to choose the setting best suited to driving conditions, including Slippery, Tow/Haul, Sport, Normal, Off-Road, Baja and Rock Crawl. Drive modes adjust steering feel, transfer case behavior, stability control, active valve exhaust, active damping system, throttle mapping and transmission shift points.

Raptor includes standard Trail 1-Pedal Drive and standard Trail Control, which operates like cruise control for off-road use. An available 360-degree camera package provides an in-cabin view of obstacles around the truc, with the front view offering a real-time tire track overlay to dynamically show the path of the wheels ahead to reduce the need to stop for spotter guidance.

A rugged, aggressive exterior design emphasizes the truck’s width with a machine-tough look featuring a power dome hood with blacked-out grille and headlights that stretch fender to fender. Wide front fenders include functional side vents at the top trailing edge of the fender, and the front skid plate offers side-to-side coverage for forward protection. Durable steel front and rear bumpers are built for the rigors of off-roading, with a high-clearance rear bumper design that tucks the dual exhaust tips up to avoid contact with obstacles.

The F-150 Raptor is assembled at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. 

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