2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Interior First Look: Changes and Details

Many of the interior improvements that Ford made to the standard F-150 carry over to the Raptor, but much is new. That means buyers will still get the fold out center console that doubles as a sort of mini desk and the fully customizable 12-inch digital gauge cluster comes as standard. There are one or two things that are missing, however. The fold flat seats, for example, won’t be available on the Raptor.

Why? Because instead of regular chairs, Ford’s newest off-roader gets heavily bolstered leather seats (with fabric-covered foam side bolsters) to keep you in place while you race around the desert. You can have the base Raptor’s interior in any color you want, as long as it’s black with gray accent stitching. The lone option for the base Raptor is a “metalized film” finish for the appliqués, door spears, and upper glovebox door.

Step up to the Raptor’s

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Two Frames and a Five-Link Rear Suspension for the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

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Ford’s desert-race darling Raptor has offered two frames before, but that was to accommodate different cabs. Now offered in SuperCrew configuration only, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor gets a separate frame just to handle the beating it will take from the new Raptor 37 variant’s Big Foot 37-inch tires when bounding off rocks and across arroyos. Let’s examine the frames, the Live Valve Fox Shox, the “trombone exhaust,” and other technical highlights that promise to make this third-generation Raptor the baddest of them all.

Two New Frames

All 2021 Raptor frames differ greatly from those of their lesser F-150 brethren to accommodate the longer-travel independent front and all-new five-link, coil-spring, live-axle rear suspension setups. In front are taller, stronger shock towers and a unique rear lower control arm pivot. At the rear, there are the control-arm mounting brackets, upper spring perches, and reinforced shock mounting locations

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Watch the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor reveal live, here, now

Update: The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor has been revealed. See it here, now.

The Raptor is almost back. Long live the Raptor.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will make its online debut on Wednesday at 11:00 am EST via YouTube.

What do we expect to see? A wide-body 2021 Ford F-150 with a high-output twin-turbo V-6, a long-travel suspension, and one heck of an attitude.

We don’t think Ford will stray too far from the playbook with the third-generation Raptor. Expect “FORD” to be stamped into the grille, BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, and dual exhaust.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Spy shots show Ford’s been hiding the rear suspension setup with heavy camouflage. Our spy photographer reported there’s a new coil-spring setup in the rear instead of the current model’s leaf springs.

Expect the latest iteration of Fox Racing shocks to smooth things out

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2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R confirmed with V-8

The Raptor is back, but it doesn’t have a V-8…yet.

On Wednesday, the Blue Oval unveiled the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor with a high-output version of Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. 

Power figures haven’t been announced, but they won’t be enough to take on the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. However, good things will come to those who wait.

Ford spokesperson Dawn Mckenzie told Motor Authority the Ford F-150 Raptor R coming in 2022 will have a V-8 under its hood.

McKenzie wouldn’t comment on which V-8 or whether it be turbocharged, supercharged, or naturally aspirated. All signs point to a supercharged V-8.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford could easily supercharge the 5.0-liter V-8, though this isn’t the path of least resistance.

The Predator V-8, a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 makes 760 hp in the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, is available in Ford’s parts bin. It would theoretically drop into the F-150’s

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