2020 Ford Raptor 7.3L  V8

2020 Ford Raptor 7.3L  V8

Passage gigantic new 7.3-L V8 motor may discover its way to a fresh out of the plastic new ultra-superior variant of the Ford Raptor. The Ford Raptor is already an extremely good pickup truck. It’s faster, more rugged, and more fun than any pickup out there. But there’s always been one complaint about the current-gen Raptor, and that is its use of a 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 engine. Never mind the fact that this engine offers more power and torque than anything else in Ford’s current engine lineup–for truck aficionados, nothing less than a burbling V8 will do.

2020 Ford Raptor 7.3L  V8
2020 Ford Raptor 7.3L  V8

Ford is listening, and that’s why they’re reportedly hard at work making a newer, better Raptor with a V8. Just what the doctor ordered.

We know how hungry Ford is and it won’t let any other automaker take the lead. We heard the news of a V-8 Raptor back in March 2019 as well; so, the news surfacing now again can be considered as a credible one.

The one found under the hood of the Mustang GT500! For all we know, Ford could plonk the 5.2-liter, V-8 supercharged mill into the Raptor. If not for the Ram Rebel TRX, Ford would have used a detuned version of the same one. That’s not it…

Ford Authority also reports that Ford’s new 7.3-liter, V-8 gasoline engine could also be the one that’s being tested. Ford says it is the most powerful V-8 gasoline engine in its class and is all set to join the Super Duty lineup. But this one sure as hell won’t generate as many horses as the Mustang GT500’s.

The present Ford F-150 Raptor is a brute with its high-yield 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine making an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The high-output EcoBoost motor unquestionably isn’t missing on the presentation front, but some Raptor customers miss the V8 character, along with the associated engine and exhaust notes delivered by first-generation F-150 Raptor truck. Luckily, they won’t have to miss it for much longer.

2020 Ford Raptor 7.3L  V8
2020 Ford Raptor 7.3L  V8

Sources familiar with Ford product plans speaking to Ford Authority on the basis of anonymity said that the Ford F-150 Raptor is currently testing with an eight-cylinder engine for an upcoming ultra-high-performance version of the truck. Which eight-cylinder engine such a model will receive is unknown, but the two front-runners are the supercharged 5.2L Voodoo V8 from the Mustang Shelby GT500 as well as the 7.3L V8 Godzilla that will soon become available in the 2020 Ford Super Duty. Let’s dig into the juicy details.

Our sources gave no details on specifications for the engine if it were to land in the F-150 Raptor, but said that it would be safe to assume that the massive eight-banger would offer more power and torque than the High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6. In other words, a Ford F-150 Raptor with the 7.3-liter Godzilla V8 engine would make at least the 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque currently produced by the 3.5L EcoBoost HO in the F-150 Raptor.

It’s worth noting that the 7.3-liter V8 can fit under the hood of the Mustang, but the motor is meant for truck duty, rather than sports cars… though one could argue that the Ford F-150 Raptor splits the gap between sports car and a pickup truck.

In any event, Ford is definitely testing the F-150 Raptor with a V8 engine. Whether it’s the supercharged 5.2L Voodoo or the atmospheric 7.3L Godzilla is currently unknown.

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