The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is a lot more expensive than a vacation package to a far-off destination, but it’s also much more comfortable. And, let’s be honest, the $65,840 Raptor pickup will probably take you farther into the brush than anything a travel agent can offer.
The new Raptor retains its pickup body and high-riding, desert-ready attitude, but the difference is in the details. The biggest change is hidden beneath its bed, where Ford discarded the leaf springs fitted to other F-150 models for a coil-spring setup (hey, maybe Ram was onto something!) paired with chunky Fox internal bypass shocks and off-road tires as big as 37 inches. That new rear suspension increases wheel travel for both rock crawling and high-speed dune bashing, ensuring that the Raptor remains arguably the most versatile four-wheeler on the planet.
The 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 zips out 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, the same figures as the outgoing model. A V8 engine was long-rumored and may still show up, but for now the 450-hp V6 should be plenty quick. A 10-speed automatic transmission roots power to each of those big tires via a limited-slip front differential and manually-locking front and rear differentials.
The new Raptor once again looks the part with its beefy fender fenders and flares, its LED lighting, and its available two-tone leather and synthetic suede interior.
Ford dealers should begin receiving their first F-150 Raptors this summer, though you probably should have had your order in by now if you wanted one of the first. Find a Ford F-150 for sale