2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Spied
For the last decade, the Ford F-150 Raptor has dominated the landscape of purpose-built Baja inspired performance factory trucks. Since 2010, Ford has pushed the envelope on what can be possible for a purpose-built off-road truck. Unlike any other vehicles before the Raptor, nothing could come close to what Ford had developed. Using decades of off-racing experience and engineering, SVT began the process before 2010 to create a truck that any off-road enthusiast could buy off the showroom floor and take straight to the desert floor or any trail across America. Since then, Ford engineers have continued pushing the boundaries on America’s favorite off-road truck, whether it is better suspension, tires, drivetrain, or technology.
Unlike any of the Raptors competitors from Chevrolet and Mopar, the Raptor is specifically designed to conquer any terrain, mountain, or desert. Leading into 2017, Ford Performance was hard at work to create the second-generation Raptor, which would change course in terms of engines from a big American V8 to the 3.5L EcoBoost Twin Turbo, which was a dramatic change for hardcore purists in the off-road community. The second-generation Raptor furthered to push the envelope on what is capable in a Baja ready pickup. Using lessons learned from the original Raptor, Ford Performance took their time to perfect and upgrade the suspension by adding revised triple bypass Fox Shocks, beefier lower control arms, stiffer leaf springs, and a better terrain management calibration. Among enthusiasts, the biggest downfall to the second-generation Raptor is the EcoBoost engine.
Luckily there is hope for purest enthusiasts who love an all-American V8 under your right foot. After years of waiting and the 2021 F-150 introduced to the public, we finally have some spy shots and analysis on what we can predict the all-new 2022 Raptor will be. Recently spy shots were shot around Dearborn thanks to our friends over at FordAuthority.com. Throughout this article, we will give you our thoughts on what the all-new third-generation Raptor!
If the Raptor wasn’t enough of a statement due to its wider track, stance, and width, then who knows what the third generation will become. Luckily we have spy shots that can give us a great idea on how the third-gen is going to up the second generation. From the image above, we can tell that this test mule is the next evolution of America’s favorite off-road truck. We can see that like the previous Raptor, it will come equipped with revised front skid plates, lower control arms, BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, newer side steps, and looks have more full fenders and bedsides.
With the camouflage equipped on the exterior, it is hard to say what else the all-new 2022 Raptor will come equipped with. If you look closely, you can tell that the suspension is going to be highly revised; at the rear fender well, you can see the shock positioning is entirely different from the second-generation Raptor. Unlike the second-gen, the third generation seems it will have more have a coil-over style in which is typically used on a trailing arms system that most often is used on a purpose-built trophy truck. It will be exciting to see what Ford develops over the next year to make the third generation to most potent its ever been, primarily because Ram unleashed the 1500 TRX, so it is no longer the lone dinosaur on the trails!
Possible Return Of The V8
Rumors have circulated that the new Raptor could see the monstrous V8 underneath the hood again, just like the original. This picture above illustrates the differences between the current Raptor and the prototype exhaust routing. The most significant key feature you can notice is the repositioning of exhaust hangers and looks to be the sizing of the exhaust is smaller in diameter. Upon many talks amongst the community, it could be possible that the legendary Predator 5.2L Supercharged V8 from the 2020 Shelby GT500 could be dropped into the all-new Raptor.
With the arrival of the Raptor’s first main competitor in the RAM 1500 TRX, Ford will have to pull out all the stops to complete with a 702 horsepower beast. So on our end, we genuinely believe it will be necessary for Ford Performance to do the same as SRT did with the RAM TRX. It will be exciting to see over the next year or so to where the competition leads. We certainly hope either a supercharged Coyote 5.0L or the Shelby GT500 predator engine in the all-new Raptor.
Of all the pictures we attained from our friends over at fordauthority.com, no more is necessary than the rear end's suspension shot. At first glance, we can immediately tell that Ford Performance is risking. Unlike the previous two generations of Raptor, the third-gen appears to forego the leaf in place for trailing arms, coil springs, and looks to be upgraded triple bypass Fox shocks. It means that off-road and Raptor enthusiasts are the most capable Baja ready Raptor to ever come out of the Rouge Plant.
Typically this setup is best suited for a purpose-built trophy truck for the Baja 1000, which the inspiration the Raptor was conceived. As most Ford truck and off-road enthusiats know, the F-150 Raptor is equipped with the best factory suspension possible with a massive 14 inches of suspension travel for the past decade. From this picture, we can truly predict that number will be severely increased along with wheel travel and shock capability. Exact numbers remain a mystery still, but we are confident that no matter what Ford Performance comes up with, it will live up to the long lineage of purpose-built off-road-ready Baja trucks we have become accustomed to the F-150 lineup.
Be sure to stay tuned right here for all the latest 2022 Ford Raptor updates, including new spy shots, details, and components that will come equipped on the third generation!
Image Credit: Ford Authority