2021 Ford Raptor News and Information

2021 Ford Raptor News and Information

Last Updated March 9, 2020 | Meghan Drummond

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor release creeps ever closer. It’s expected that the new Ford F-150 will go on sale in late 2020. This will launch the 14th generation of F-150 and give us our best look at the new Raptor design.

We remain more or less in the dark about the Raptor’s appearance-upgrades. But the same isn’t true of the performance improvements planned for the Raptor.

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2021 Raptor Suspension Changes

The 2020 Ford Raptor features FOX Live Valve racing shocks. Based on mules and spy shots, it looks like the 2021 Raptor will continue to feature these shocks.

These monotube shocks feature variable compression damping. This feature allows for continual terrain adjustments, creating a responsive off-roading experience. Raptor drivers are able to see an impressive level of handling control with these shocks.

Many other suspension parts seem to be changing though.

Like most pickup trucks, the 2020 F-150 Raptor has a leaf spring suspension. In early pictures of the 2021, no leaf springs are visible.

What is visible is a panhard bar. Panhard bars are more frequently seen with coil spring suspension systems. It’s very unusual to see a panhard bar on a leaf spring suspension. This leads many to believe the 2021 Raptor will use a five-link suspension setup.

2021 Raptor wheel well with a shield covering up the suspension

Multi-link suspensions have many applications and benefits. With regards to off-roading, multi-link suspension allows for more flex. More flex equals more potential angles of off-roading. This is ideal for sports like desert racing.

In 2017, when Ford debuted the new F-150 Raptor, it competed in the Baja 1000, a treacherous desert race in Northwestern Mexico. The Raptor placed third, securing its reputation as an off-roading contender. The Raptor’s inspiration, and what makes it different than the F-150, was off-road desert racing.

It seems likely that Ford’s positioning the Raptor to do it again. With an improved suspension, will the Raptor be able to take first?

Shot from underneath 2021 Raptor shows more suspension parts

2021 V8 Raptor

The current Ford F-150 Raptor comes with a high performance 3.5L EcoBoost. Though the EcoBoost engine only has six-cylinder, it produces 450 horsepower. More than enough to propel the Raptor through its off-roading and on-roading ventures.

But with Ram’s Rebel TRX offering a Hellcat, Ford has to up the ante.

Ford already has a supercharged V8 that’s capable of battling it out with the Hellcat. The Coyote engine that’s designated for the 2020 GT500, affectionately named the Predator, is a perfect choice. Coyote engines have been in F-150s and Mustangs since launch, and an upgraded Coyote complements the upgraded F-150.

The 5.2L V8 that may be in the 2021 Raptor

If Ford wants the Raptor to continue to battle the TRX, it’s a necessary choice. The 760 hp will neatly beat out the TRX’s 707 hp, and with a smaller displacement.

While this rumor is unconfirmed at this time, a V8 Ford Raptor seems fairly sound and reality-based.

Old vs new horsepower ratings

2021 Ford Raptor Colors

While we don’t have a confirmed list of Raptor-specific colors, we do know the colors that the 2021 F-150 will be offered in.

Considering the only Raptor-unique color currently is Ford Performance Blue, it’s likely it’ll remain that way for 2021.

Ford has not commented on the accuracy of the paint listing. The paint chips shown online also won’t be a perfect representation of how the colors look in real life.

2021 Ford Raptor Colors
ColorCodeSampleStatus
Space White Pearl A3
New
Star White Pearl AZ
Returning
Stone Gray Metallic D1
Returning
Lucid Red Pearl D4
Formerly Rapid Red
Velocity Blue Metallic G1
Returning
Guard Metallic HN
Returning
Antimatter Blue Metallic HX
New
Kodiak Brown Metallic J1
Returning
Iconic Silver Metallic JS
Returning
Lead Foot Gray JX
Returning
Carbonized Gray Metallic M7
New
Race Red PQ
Returning
Smoked Quartz Metallic TQ
Returning
Agate Black Metallic UM
Returning
Oxford White YZ/Z1
Returning

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Features

The 2020 Raptor retails at the top-of-the-line price of $53,205 (starting). It’s likely that the 2021 Raptor will be in the same range. At that price, people expect top-of-the-line features. The F-150 Raptor delivers.

Front view of a black Ford Raptor in the snow

Trail Control

One of the Raptor’s high-tech features is Trail Control. This acts almost like cruise-control for off-roading. As conditions change, the trail control system automatically adjusts power to keep you at a constant speed.

Sync 4

The 2020 Ford Raptor features Sync 3. So, it stands to reason that the 2021 model will feature Ford’s latest version of the Sync system. Ford says that Sync 4 has twice the computing power of Sync 3. This makes managing your playlists via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay easy. With an optional Bang and Olufsen sound system, they’ll also sound great.

Safety Features

We haven’t seen any evidence that these will be changing, but it’s already a pretty great system. Curve Control, anti-lock brakes, and AdvanceTrac traction control are all standard. For those who are planning to tow trailers, BLIS, the blind spot monitoring system, is a great optional upgrade.

Optional Features

The upgraded sound system has always been optional. So too have the interior packages, including the Carbon Fiber and Blue Interior Accent Package. It seems reasonable that Ford will keep those as they are.

New Ford Raptor Possibilities

The 2021 model year is set up to be a big year for Ford. Not only will the Ford F-150 be new, but there are a lot of exciting lineup rumors. An electric F-150 seems to be in the works. The Ranger Raptor may yet hit the states. The long-awaited Bronco will be released, and there are some rumblings of a Raptor Bronco.

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Sources: Truck Trend | Motor1 | Ford Authority | Car And Driver Image Credit: KGP Photography | Truck Trend | Ford

2021 Ford Raptor News and Information

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is set to be an improvement on an already outstanding off-road truck. From a new suspension to the potential of a 700+ horsepower engine, this Raptor is worth getting excited for. We're updating this article with all the features, updates, specifications and colors for the new F-150 Raptor.

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