The All-New 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor: More Tech, More Travel
Feb. 3 - If you're looking to hop into the most capable off-road vehicle made to date, geared to the gills with new tech and designed after an F-22 Raptor fighter jet, then you may want to take a look into the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. Ford has crafted the most rugged Ford Raptors to shred through the dirt, and now they have upped the ante with the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. Designed to tackle the toughest terrain, the new Raptor comes with all the bells and whistles to comfortably glide through the desert with ease.
This fully redesigned Ford F-150 Raptor comes straight from the factory with an all-new five-link rear suspension with improved wheel travel. Also included, similar to the 2017-2020 Raptors, is the electronically controlled next-generation Fox shocks with Live Valve technology. The Ford Performance chief engineer, Carl Widmann, says that the “Raptor is rooted in Baja 1000 racing, and its suspension advances our capability and performance — a five-link rear setup with more wheel travel than any Raptor before it.” The previous generations' 13 inches of travel in the front and 13.9 inches in the back was already an impressive feat from the factory, but when it comes to pre-running, the more the merrier! The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor is also capable of up to 1,000 pounds of damping per corner at desert speeds.
The styling for the new Ford F-150 Raptor is deeply inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter jet. The rugged and aggressive exterior is the signature Raptor look, but this completely redesigned platform goes one step further to show its true grit. The new hood has a heat extractor and functional side vents inspired directly by the fighter jet. Also noticeable is the distinctive front that emphasizes the truck's width, featuring a power dome hood, headlights that stretch fender to fender, and of course, that beautiful blacked out grille.
Engine wise, the Ford Raptor is equipped with a third-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. The previous 2017-2020 Raptors proved just how much of an improvement the EcoBoost engines made to the Raptor family, so it was only right that for 2021, they maintained the same power plant.
When it comes to the newest technology Ford has to offer, the Ford F-150 Raptor is equipped it all. The Raptor’s new high-tech cockpit includes a 12-inch digital gauge cluster featuring a large information-on-demand area with Raptor-specific graphics and animations, off-road data and turn-by-turn navigation. Also included in the standard package is a 12-inch customizable center screen, allowing the driver to split the screen and control multiple functions at the same time. Over-the-air updates allow the Ford F-150 Raptor to gain more capabilities in the future like trail maps and trail turn assist, making the Raptor even more capable off-road.
The 2021 F-150 Raptor will be assembled at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and if you're ready to get your hands on one, be prepared to wait until this summer when they'll be hitting showroom floors.