A few weeks ago, our spy photographers caught a pair of what looks to be the updated 2019 Ford F-150 Raptors out testing the highways of Metro Detroit. However, with the recent 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor already making its debut and how guarded these test drivers were of these two particular trucks, it made our spy photographers curious of what lies underneath these trucks.
Rumors have been floating around the past couple of years, that Ford Performance have been working on a new direct injected 7.0-liter DOHC V-8. This 428 cubic-inch V-8 has been said to first appearing in the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor. While Ford denies anything related to such rumors and refuses to talks about future products, our sources are saying the new engine will more than likely built at Ford’s Windsor Engine Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario.
Our sources are also reporting that the 10-speed automatic will also be the only transmission available on the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor.
While the current 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 makes an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque, the engine has never been the true V-8 off-road truck that made the first generation so popular. For a performance truck, the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor just lacks the character of the first truck, because of that raw V-8 power. Ford has tried to compensate for that, by using a fake interior engine sound over the stereo inside that gives the impression that the EcoBoost V-6 has a deeper soundtrack like a V-8 engine.
A 7.0-liter Raptor would also come to market just before Ram Trucks offered their long awaited Ram Rebel TRX and rumored TR model performance trucks. While the Rebel TRX will be powered by a 6.2-liter Supercharged V-8 from the Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT offering 707 horsepower, the TR model is rumored to have Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) new 7.0-liter HEMI V-8 codenamed “Banshee” for a cheaper off-road variant of the truck.
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