Stomping on the TRX’s fossils with more power
Ford says new tune, reduced air inlet losses get credit
Production of the Ram TRX, the most powerful pickup on the market, concludes at the end of 2023. Ford could have sat comfortably on the laurels of its Raptor R, which would have become the most powerful pickup on sale by default.
When it comes to pickups, though, winning by default is not enough for Ford. The Blue Oval has gone out and trounced Ram by adding 20 horses to the 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R to make it the most powerful full-size factory pickup ever.
The 5.2L supercharged V8 now makes 720 hp along with 640 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to put it comfortably ahead of the outgoing TRX’s 702 even though Ford has a full litre less displacement.
Ford says it got the extra power by reducing air inlet losses. That’s combined with a new engine calibration that squeezes out a wider torque curve so there’s more grunt at almost every point in the driving experience. You might not notice those extra 20 horses on the road, but you absolutely will when it comes time for bragging.
No news on when the updated 2024 Raptor R will arrive at dealers, but it will likely show up early next year along with the rest of the revised 2024 Ford F-150 lineup. The price tag is an eye-watering $160,690 including destination, fees, and luxury tax.