FORD F-150 Raptor
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Ford released the third generation of the F150 Raptor in 2021 as a 2022 model year, and it was meaner and hard-core than before.
In 2009, Ford stunned the world with the introduction of the Raptor’s first generation. It was praised for its high-speed off-road abilities. Soon, the competition started to match its performances and caught-up. But then, the blue-oval brand released a second generation. In 2021, with the third generation, it was even tougher and readier to fly over bumps, dunes and potholes.
But Ford didn’t forget to make it look business. Maybe it looked too massive to make someone think that the F150 Raptor could jump, even though it did it easily. Its flat front grille featured the big FORD lettering on it, sidelined by a pair of LED headlights. Ford’s designers didn’t try to hide the aluminum skid-plate under the engine and pulled it to the front bumper. From its sides, it was the regular, four-door F150 with a separated bed in the back.
The interior was slightly reworked when compared to a regular loaded with options F150 Crew Cab. Active Orange punctuated an interior packed with Tremor detailing, including unique seat trim with superior stitching, materials, and finishes for the center stack, center console, and doors. A wide TFT display filled the instrument cluster and offered various functions for the car, including specific ones for the Raptor version.
Apart from the new twin-turbo engine paired to a 10-speed gearbox, the Raptor featured a special-tuned chassis. The five-link rear suspension featured extra-long trailing arms to maintain a better axle position on rough terrain, a Panhard rod and 24-inch coil springs - the longest in the class.
In 2015 Ford unveiled an all-new F-150 Raptor to top their truck lineup as a high-performance pickup, saying they reengineered every bit of it to create the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader ever.
The exterior styling screams “menacing” with it’s bold shapes, huge “FORD” labeled grille, stacked LED headlights, a massive bash plate as well as big off-road tires guarded by plastic-mold reinforced wheel arches. Inside, the ingredients are somewhat the same but are more oriented towards comfort and convenience. Strong manly shapes are to be found everywhere you look starting with the dashboard and ending with the door cards while finer materials are used throughout the whole cabin and new technology has been fitted. Mechanically, the new Raptor starts with a purpose-built frame, which is also the strongest in the whole lineup thanks to high-strength steel. The same material helps shave 500 lb of weight. The truck rides on FOX Racing Shox shock absorbers, new engines, new transfer case as well as a recalibrated powertrain with multiple preset modes.
Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) didn’t bother with the 2009 global recession and prepared the launch of a meaner and leaner F-150.
Succeeding F-150 Lightning’s big success back in 2000, Ford’s SVT focused on introducing a new sport version of the popular pickup truck that would be a capable off-road performer as well. The result is the 2010 year model Ford F-150 Raptor SVT. This sports pickup truck saw some serious technical modifications compared to the normal F-150 model and is designed to receive two powerful petrol engines - the 5.4 and 6.2 V8 units.