So, back when the Ford F-150 Raptor R launched, I asked the Blue Oval: Why does it only have 700 horsepower? That's a silly question, I understand, but I think you'll agree it's a valid one for two reasons. First, the truck's supercharged 5.2-liter V8 already made 760 hp in the Mustang Shelby GT500, meaning it's clearly capable of more. Second, the Ram TRX made 702 hp, and why wouldn't Ford want to beat that?
Well, the TRX is dead for 2024 and the new Raptor R now makes 720 hp.
Ford says this boost in output is accomplished by "reduced air inlet losses coupled with an optimized calibration that also results in a wider torque curve." Obviously, torque matters when you're talkin' trucks. That was actually part of the reasoning Ford gave me when I asked the initial power question.
"The use case is really what matters here," a Ford spokesperson said. "Something like a GT500 is designed for high-speed track use where higher horsepower translates to high performance. The Raptor R on the other hand is all about winning off-road, in the dirt, and in harsh conditions—for those situations torque is king."
"Not only does the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 in Raptor R make more torque, it makes it lower in the rev range, and delivers that torque across a wide rev band," they continued. "Those performance characteristics are ideal for desert running, but also great for the kind of work that Raptor owners also use their trucks for, like towing and hauling."
There's a chance you knew that already, but now you've heard it from the horse's mouth.
The 2024 F-150 Raptor lineup rocks a few more upgrades as well, like a modular front bumper and dual Fox Live Valve shocks. The latter means that compression and rebound damping are now independently adjustable, and Ford Performance Program Manager Tony Greco told me it's a perfect compliment to the truck's five-link rear suspension. It's a respectable mid-cycle refresh, all things considered, and I was already a fan of the revised front-end design.
More power is just icing on the cake.
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