The raucous Raptor is a more trail-focused variant of the F-150 pickup. Beneath its hood sits the high-output turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which whisks out 400 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s connected to the SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission, which manages a trail-conquering four-wheel drivetrain with low-range gearing. The mightier Raptor R, which has just been introduced this model year, trades the EcoBoost V6 for a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 that hammers out 700 hp and 640 lb.-ft. of torque. Both versions of the Raptor come with a standard Class IV trailer hitch and can tow up to 8,200 pounds.
The ’23 Raptor’s specialized attributes consist of heavy-duty skid plates, front and rear sport-tuned shock absorbers, 17-inch wheels with 34-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, a five-link rear suspension with a panhard rod (which helps maintain axle position on rough terrain), an electronic-locking rear differential, and Trail Control with Trail 1-Pedal Drive. Trail Control is essentially an off-road cruise control system, whereas Trail 1-Pedal Drive allows you to accelerate and slow down using only the gas pedal. The Raptor also gets a drive-mode selector with seven modes to help you overcome all different types of terrain with ease. Those modes are normal, sport, tow/haul, slippery, off-road, Baja (optimized for high-speed desert running), and rock crawl. What’s more, extended-range fuel tank holds 36 gallons for peace of mind when you’re driving not only far from the pavement, but far from the nearest gas station as well.
The Raptor also flaunts a fully loaded and uniquely styled exterior with automatic LED headlights, LED fog lights, front tow hooks, multifunctional side mirrors (power-folding and heated with position memory, turn-signal indicators, and driver’s-side auto-dimming), and a remote release tailgate. It even receives a proximity keyless entry system (Intelligent Key) and is compatible with remote start.
Inside, the Raptor gets rubberized floor mats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel with power adjustments, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, ambient lighting, push-button start, power-adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a universal garage door opener, a wireless phone charger, and power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats. It also comes with a built-in work surface, too, along with position memory for the steering wheel, pedals, and driver’s seat.
The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor is equipped with several desirable driving aids within the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 technology suite. These include a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Not only that, but the Raptor comes with trailer hitch assist, trailer backup assist, and trailer sway control to take the stress out of the towing experience.
This latest Raptor is outfitted with Ford’s state-of-the-art SYNC 4 infotainment system. It consists of a 12-inch touchscreen with enhanced voice recognition, built-in navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, a booming 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and Bluetooth for hands-free phone and audio streaming.
The brand-new Raptor R is similar to the regular Raptor, but with some distinct upgrades. In addition to its more potent engine (which is detailed in the Powertrain and Performance section) and higher ground clearance (13.1 inches), the Raptor R gains black exterior accents, special “R” badges, a hood vent, orange tow hooks, combination leather and suede Recaro sport seats, carbon fiber interior trim, orange contrast stitching on the door and instrument panels, and beefier 37-inch BFGoodrich tires.