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There Could Be A Supercharged V8 F-150 Raptor? Yes, Please

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor China
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If you’ve been thinking about hooking yourself up with a Ford F-150 Raptor but are holding off because you’re not sure that 450 horsepower is bonkers-cuckoo-bananas enough, you may just be on to something. Several sources tell Car and Driver that Ford is looking to plop the Mustang Shelby GT500’s 700-plus-horsepower supercharged 5.2-liter V8 into a special-edition F-150 Raptor that will bridge the gap between the current and next generation.

If the prospect of a 700-plus-horspower Ford F-150 Raptor seems too tantalizing to be true, it should be noted that it’s not without a few caveats. Because this will ostensibly be a special-edition variant, Car and Driver expects that the supercharged V8 F-150 Raptor would likely be limited to a short production run and one to two model years. It wouldn’t be unlikely for Ford to follow a similar path to what it took with the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition, limiting production to 160 units over two model years.

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This would also likely drive a higher price. C&D speculates that this would likely be somewhere above $70,000 given the Raptor’s $54,450 starting price, but even a significantly higher tag would be a small price to pay for bragging rights over owning a 700-plus-horsepower pickup truck.  

Earlier this year, it was speculated that Ford could put the 7.3-liter gas V8 that will debut in the next-generation Super Duty into the F-150 Raptor. Given that engine’s bulky cast-iron block, the Shelby GT500’s mighty V8 seems the more viable candidate.

Ford is likely to launch the next-generation F-150 in 2021 or 2022, around the time the F-150 Hybrid and F-150 Electric would be brought to the market.

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News Source: Car and Driver