The New F-150 Is Getting Huge Power With The Raptor Engine

Posted: Jul 31 2018, 12:34pm CDT | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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The new F-150 is getting huge power with the Raptor engine
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The F-150 is already the most popular vehicle in America, but it's about to get even more power by tossing in the Raptor engine. Watch out, Chevy.

The new model of the F-150, the Limited, will be rolling off the assembly lines for the 2019 model year. We don't have a lot of performance information quite yet, but that hasn't made this announcement any less exciting.

The interior of the car will be equipped with a suede headliner, leather interior and deployable running boards, in addition to a number of driver-assist devices to make the drive a bit more comfortable.

While a comfortable ride is great, that's not the part that we're really excited about – that part is under the hood: The Raptor engine.

The Raptor Engine

The Raptor is the name given to the 3.5L Ecoboost engine that will be under the hood of the new F-150 Limited. It will be replacing the existing V6 option that is usually available with the F-150. The stock version of this engine will have a minimum of 375 horsepower and 470-foot pounds of torque. It will be able to make it from 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds.

That is the limit of what we know about the F-150 Limited at the moment, but we can speculate on what this model will contain based on the previous applications of the Raptor engine. It has been previously paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, for example, so it's possible that this will be carried over into the Limited.

This truck will be able to tow more than previous Raptors though. The 2018 version of this truck had a maximum towing limit of 8,000 pounds because it was designed for off-roading rather than towing. With the heavy-duty options, the newest version of the F-150 will have a maximum towing capacity of 13,200 pounds.

We don't even know how much the new Limited will cost once it finally becomes available. The last incarnation of this truck would set you back $62,355, and the last Raptor model would cost you $51,670 – chances are it will fall somewhere between these two price points, but we'll know more later this year.

Previous Problems

The F-150 hasn't always had the best reputation and has had its problems in recent years. In 2017, a faulty transmission gear indicator prompted a recall. Many of the trucks produced between 2009 and 2014 had problems with passenger side head gasket leaks after 160,000 miles. Ford even ended production of the 2018 F-150 early because of a fire at one of its facilities.

Hopefully the new Limited model will fix some of these problems.

We can't wait to get behind the wheel of this new F-150. It's been one of our favorite trucks for years now and the addition of the Raptor engine just makes it that much better.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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