Ford F-150 Raptor R teased in the California desert

There’s a lot we don’t yet know about the upcoming Ford F-150 Raptor R. We know it will have a V8 engine, but we don’t know which one. We don’t know exactly when we’ll see the truck in its entirety or when it will go on sale, we don’t know how much it will cost…and we don’t know how terrible its fuel consumption will be (not that its owners will worry). will care, even in the days of more than $5 a gallon). But we know it will tear.

To drive that point home, Ford released a prototype of the F-150 Raptor R to whet our appetites while we were in the Johnson Valley OHV area of ​​the California desert testing the Bronco Raptor. We’ll have a lot more to say about the Bronco in the near future. But without any prior warning, we were treated to a quick glimpse of the F-150 Raptor R doing donuts in the sand from what we think was about a quarter mile away.

We only had time to get our phones out for a quick video, so apologies for not being able to take a closer look. We could definitely tell it was powered by a V8, and rumors of it being a version of the 5.2-liter supercharged engine found in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 seem likely. We can’t make out any noticeable whine from the supercharger (like you can in a Hellcat-powered Ram TRX), but neither can the Shelby. We also can’t be sure of the truck’s transmission, but those quick shifts could also be due to the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission used in the Shelby.

If it’s going to compete on at least a par with the Ram (and we’re sure it does), it’s going to have to have something over 700 horsepower. The GT500’s engine spits out 760, so while it’s a little lacking in power for truck work, we’re hoping Ford can coax more than the TRX’s 702 ponies. Ford even offers a supercharger kit for the 5.0-liter Mustang engine, which boosts output to 750 horsepower, so it’s possible the Raptor R could use a variant. But the GT500 engine’s durability improvements seem to make it a stronger possibility for something as capable (and probably expensive) as the Raptor r.

All that’s left to say, then, is stay tuned.

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