Published on: 2/7/2021

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is a meaner, more capable truck

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With competition hot on its heels, Ford Motor Co. has given its rugged F-150 Raptor a comprehensive overhaul for the third generation. The 2021 Raptor coming this summer will be outfitted with a beefier suspension, optional 37-inch tyres and a twin-turbo V6 engine that's powerful enough for high-speed off-roading.Image Credit: Supplied

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A rugged, aggressive exterior design includes a power dome bonnet with blacked-out grille and headlights that stretch fender to fender.Image Credit: Supplied
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The bonnet has a new heat extractor and functional side vents at the top trailing edge of the fender, all inspired by the intakes of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet.Image Credit: Supplied
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Out back, the blacked-out taillights and available tailgate appliqué create visual fender-to-fender width. Ford says the durable steel front and rear bumpers are built for the rigours of off-roading, with the rear bumper retaining the high-clearance design with dual exhaust tips tucked high up against the truck.Image Credit: Supplied
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An all-new interior features enhanced materials and surface finishes and more storage. A new steering wheel features a laser-etched logo, top centering mark and aluminium paddle shifters. Seats with large bolsters keep occupants in place, while even more aggressive Recaro buckets are available.Image Credit: Supplied
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For the first time, the Raptor is available with either 35-inch or 37-inch tyres – the largest factory-fitted to a production light-duty full-size pickup.Image Credit: Supplied
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Wearing 35-inch tyres, the Raptor clears 12-inch obstacles with an approach angle of 31 degrees, maximum departure angle of 23.9 degrees and breakover angle of 22.7 degrees. With 37-inch tyres, it features 13.1 inches of running clearance, 33.1 degrees of approach angle, a maximum 24.9 degrees of departure angle and 24.4 degrees of breakover angle.Image Credit: Supplied
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The Pro Power Onboard feature gives owners the ability to use their truck as a mobile generator. Raptor can be ordered with an available 2.0 kilowatts of exportable output to run power tools, camp lights and other equipment, providing more exportable power than any light-duty full-size pickup competitor.Image Credit: Supplied
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The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker is protecting its position in the high-end truck market, which is about to be overrun with new entries including the V8-powered Ram 1500 TRX from Fiat Chrysler, now a unit of Stellantis NV, as well as a trio of highly anticipated electric pickups: the Tesla Cybertruck, GMC Hummer and Rivian R1T.Image Credit: Supplied
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The F-150, the best-selling vehicle in the US, is Ford's biggest money maker, and the Raptor, built atop the mechanical foundation of the redesigned F-150, has given Ford street cred among a growing cadre of wealthy truck buyers looking to make a bold statement. It also has filled the company's coffers, with prices climbing higher steadily. Ford hasn't released pricing yet on the 2021 version.
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