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Ford has announced that it will unveil its much anticipated F-150 Raptor R on July 18.
The F-150 Raptor R is set to be a more extreme version of the currently available F-150 Raptor.
Details on the high-performance pickup haven’t been released, but a movie-style poster teasing the reveal says it is: Beyond Fast. Scary Fast.
The truck is expected to be a direct rival to the Ram 1500 TRX, which has a 702 horsepower supercharged V8 that makes it the most powerful gasoline-fueled pickup in the world.
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Ford has confirmed the F-150 Raptor R will be powered by a V8 engine, but hasn’t yet said which one or how potent it will be.
The F-150 Raptor has a 450 hp turbocharged V6, but its killer app is a long travel suspension system with computer-controlled shock absorbers that are designed to handle high-speed driving and jumping over desert terrain, while also being able to climb rocks.
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Ford CEO Jim Farley said comments from fans on Twitter led the company to go with a V8 in the Raptor R. “We listened, Twitter helps us sharpen our focus since we can listen to individual feedback,” Farley tweeted in response to a fan thanking him for putting the V8 in it.
Ford did offer a sneak peek at the F-150 Raptor R during the recent launch of the Bronco Raptor SUV, when one came drifting through the desert and passed the assembled journalists to show off its chops.
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More information will come on Monday and the Raptor R is expected to go on sale by the end of the year.