2022 Ford Raptor R Test Mule Spied Making Rumbly V8 Sounds
One of the only things that Ford Raptor fans have to complain about when it comes to the truck’s current version is that it lacks a V8. Ford replaced the V8 engine with an EcoBoost V6 several years ago that makes about 450 horsepower. With competition in the form of the RAM TRX featuring a supercharged V8, it appears Ford is finally making good on rumors that the V8 would return to the Raptor.
A camouflage-clad Raptor mule was recently caught on video by Brian Willams during testing, and it’s clear from the clip that the truck doesn’t have an EcoBoost under the hood. The sound heard coming from the exhaust pipes is almost certainly a rumbly V8 engine. Rumor has it that Ford might put the supercharged 5.2-liter V8 from the Shelby GT500 into a new top of the line Raptor variant, currently known as the “Raptor R”.
The assumption is that GT500 engine is making those good sounds from the truck. Rumors have suggested somewhere between 725 and 750 horsepower for the Raptor R, which would exceed the power offered by the TRX. When it comes to horsepower wars, the numbers matter to manufacturers and many buyers.
The 2022 Raptor is expected to debut in early February. It remains to be seen if an updated version of the EcoBoost V6 will continue to be offered in the base model, but that’s more than likely.