Ford needs to make sure the public hasn’t tuned out on the current model. Automakers frequently release special edition models late in a product’s lifespan to do just that. While the F-150 doesn’t need much help, what with being America’s best-selling automobile for decades, it will get the same treatment.
However, unlike the bevy of appearance packages that are currently clogging up the industry, Ford is rumored to have something more meaningful planned for the full-sized pickup. Rather than simply updating the graphics or incorporating a new suspension setup, Ford apparently wants to wedge the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 from the Shelby GT500 into the Raptor — thereby giving it a proper sendoff.
While just a rumor at present, Car and Driver said the details were confirmed by several unnamed sources from within the company. No launch date was given but the model would have to debut before the end of 2021 if it’s to maintain a comfortable distance with its replacement. That may also to place it in a fine position to go head-t0-head with the Ram TRX — Fiat Chrysler’s answer to the Raptor, rumored to come equipped with a Hellcat motor and plenty of ground clearance.
It’s expected that the TRX’s (probable) 6.2-liter Hemi will be setup to emphasize torque over horsepower. Previews of the model, when it still was an engineering concept, included a spec sheet with 575 hp written on it — substantially less than the Charger or Challenger SRT Hellcat. That may also be the overriding recipe for the special-edition Raptor but the outlet admitted the exact details surrounding the matter were still somewhat nebulous.