2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R Gets 720 Horsepower Edging Out RAM TRX

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For the 2024 model year, Ford gave us a refreshed version of its best-selling vehicle, the F-150, introducing many notable changes to the popular pickup but keeping with the expected pickup truck traditions. While the exterior receives a mild refresh with a more square front face and the addition of the Pro Access Tailgate for select trim levels, the spotlight is rightfully on the impressive power upgrade for the vicious Raptor R.

The 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R, renowned as Ford’s high-speed off-road powerhouse, now boasts a formidable 720 horsepower under the hood. This power figure marks a 20-horsepower increase from its predecessor and positions it 18 horsepower ahead of its competitor, the Ram TRX, which is retiring this year along with its 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8. The timing of Ford’s power boost is noteworthy, preventing the TRX from securing the title of the most powerful gas-powered pickup truck in history.

The increased power in the Raptor R is attributed to a new engine calibration and “reduced air inlet losses.” Ford explains that modifications to the hood and body close-out panel enhance airflow to the air filter, resulting in the impressive 720 horsepower and a broader torque curve. The peak torque remains constant at 640 pound-feet.

The engine itself is a derivative of the 5.2-liter mill found in the recent Mustang Shelby GT500, which boasts 760 horsepower. When the V8-powered Raptor R was introduced in 2022 with 700 horsepower, Ford emphasized the retuning of the engine for improved low-end power suitable for truck applications. Now, it appears Ford’s engineers have struck a balance, delivering both improved low-end power and increased peak output.

Visually, the 2024 Raptor R can be distinguished by its new headlights featuring daytime LEDs forming a half-square around the outside edge. Inside, the only notable change is the optional heads-up display, a first for the F-150 family. Additionally, Raptors now ride on new dual-valve Fox shocks, providing enhanced off-road capabilities.

For those looking for a more budget-friendly option, other F-150 models now come equipped with a standard 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, producing 325 horsepower. However, for enthusiasts seeking top-tier performance, the 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R stands as a powerful and aesthetically refreshed option in the competitive pickup truck market.


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