Your local Ford dealership may soon be stocking up on the new F-150 Raptor R, which is a Ford high-performance pickup truck boasting 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. The engine responsible for this impressive power is a supercharged 5.2-liter V8. The new R version of the Raptor looks similar to the old Raptor, but it adds various design tweaks and more performance. Read More
With a new generation of Ford F-150 Raptor pickups hitting showrooms, should you head to the dealer now or look for a good deal on a used Ford Raptor?
To help you decide, we’ll look at what’s new in the third-gen Raptor and what to look for in a first or second-generation model.
What Changed in the F-150 Raptor’s Third Generation
We’ll answer the biggest question first. The rumor mills have been cranking overtime about Ford bringing back a V8 engine in the F-150 Raptor, especially after Ram introduced the new 1500 TRX in all its 707-horsepower Hellcat glory.
Ford still lists the standard V6 on the Raptor’s specs page, though, so if you’re holding out for the eight-banger, check with your local Ford dealer to confirm precisely when the V8 will be available.
That said, at 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, the second-generation power plant is still plenty beefy when you want to crawl over debris and dominate sand dunes. But a lot of folks were disappointed when Ford stopped offering the V8 in the Raptor: and let’s face it, the smaller six just doesn’t deliver the same satisfying roar.
The third-gen F-150 Raptor also gets upgrades such as optional 37-inch tires, Fox Live Valve internal bypass shocks, and a fighter jet-inspired redesign. So, cue up the Top Gun soundtrack, strap in, and prepare for launch.
Are the Upgrades Worth It?
The quick answer: it depends. This isn’t exactly a truck for bargain hunters.
Ford lists the F-150 Raptor at just over $64k. Compared to other F-150 models, the Raptor is well-appointed with an impressive list of standard comfort and driver-assist features. But most drivers are attracted to Ford’s add-on packages that add convenience and performance-enhancing features like the retuned shocks and Recaro sport seats.
Once you start adding feature packages, the sticker price can leap higher than a Raptor off a sand dune. And it will go even higher when you swap out the V6 for the V8 engine.
If the V8 isn’t a dealbreaker for you, and you just want a truck that you can kick back and get down and dirty off-road with, a used Ford Raptor might be your best option. Bear in mind, though, that the Raptor holds its value better than most pickups, so you’re still likely to pay over $40k to get behind the wheel.
What to Look for in a Used Ford Raptor
Modern vehicles are made to run for hundreds of thousands of miles, and the Raptor is purpose-built to handle heavy punishment.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t thoroughly inspect any used Raptor you’re interested in, especially if it’s spent a lot of time off-road. Try to get a thorough maintenance record from the previous owner and pay special attention to the condition of the struts and shocks.
Ready for an Adventure Now? Check Out a Used Raptor
With supply chain issues delaying the arrival of new vehicles at showrooms, it’s well worth considering a used Ford Raptor if you’re ready for some off-road adventure. Whether you choose a second-generation or throw it all the way back for a first-gen, you’ll have a capable truck that you’ll have a blast piloting through mud, sand, and gravel.
We love the Ford F-150 Raptor. This truck signifies the best in off-road pickup truck driving. You won’t find a more powerful truck to take on the trails or one that has as many great ways to make the ride right for you. Currently, the Raptor is only offered with one layout and one powertrain, but with the Ford F-150 lineup being revamped in the upcoming model years, there’s a good chance the Raptor will have more options to allow more of us to enjoy the fun and active side of the Raptor. Read More