That doesn’t rule out the possibility of a flagship V8, though.
The updated 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is on the way, very likely bringing new technology and revised styling when it arrives later this year. But one thing won’t change: a standard EcoBoost high-output 3.5-liter V6. That’s according to a leaked dealer ordering guide, first appearing on the F150Gen14.com forum, which also included exterior colors for Ford’s flagship off-roader, as well as exterior colors, packages, and equipment levels for the 2021 F-150 Tremor.
Early rumors (or was that wishful thinking?) seemed to suggest that the 2021 Raptor would offer a V8 option, either the 5.0-liter Coyote mill from the standard F-150 or a version of the supercharged 5.2-liter V8 from the GT500. Of course, there’s no guarantee that one of those engines won’t show up later in the F-150 Raptor’s lifecycle, but for now, it looks like the high-output EcoBoost will be the only mill available.
That’s not the worst thing in the world, since the outgoing Raptor’s turbo V6 makes a healthy 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 510 pound-feet (691 newton-meters). The EcoBoost also suffers from very little turbo lag, making the engine a great option for the Baja-ready F-150 Raptor. It doesn’t earn much respect from the “no replacement for displacement” crowd and it sounds like a 1970s vacuum cleaner on steroids, but otherwise, the EcoBoost is a pretty decent mate to the hottest F-150 variant.
Of course, if Ford decides to offer an optional engine in the 2021 Raptor, they might omit a V8 and instead offer the PowerBoost hybrid. Mating the standard-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 to an electric motor integrated with the 10-speed transmission, the PowerBoost produces a healthy 430 hp and 570 lb-ft (321 kW and 773 Nm) in the regular F-150, so a hybridized Raptor variant might make nearly 500 horses and 600 units of twist.
Gallery: 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Spy Photos
In addition to the engine news, the dealer guide betrays that the new Raptor will be available in eight colors: Code Orange, Rapid Red, Velocity Blue, Antimatter Blue, Iconic Silver, Lead Foot, Agate Black, and Oxford White. A twin-panel moonroof will be a $1,495 option, and 17-inch forged aluminum wheels will cost $1,895 (we presume cast-aluminum wheels are standard). We should learn more when the hot off-roader officially debuts on February 3.
And as we’ve reported before, the Raptor will get a slightly less aggressive new sibling in the F-150 lineup, the Tremor. Unlike the FX4 off-road package, the Tremor is a distinct trim level, with three different equipment groups and a variety of available options – Ford CoPilot 360 Assist, a 360-degree camera, remote start, and more. The Tremor will offer seven colors: Agate Black, Oxford White, Stone Gray, Velocity Blue, Antimatter Blue, Iconic Silver, and Lead Foot. Monotube front shock absorbers and more ground clearance improve trail capability, with a standard-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 making 400 hp and 500 lb-ft (298 kW and 678 Nm).