You Can Now Buy a V8 or Diesel-Powered Ford F-150 Raptor Pickup Truck, Because America

Either conversion will set you back a decent chunk of change, but can you really put a price on the Ford truck of your dreams?

byChad Kirchner|
You Can Now Buy a V8 or Diesel-Powered Ford F-150 Raptor Pickup Truck, Because America

If celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse drove a 2019 Ford Raptor pickup truck, he would most likely want to kick it up a notch. You know, because of his "BAM!" trademark. Now, thanks to tuner PaxPower, he can do exactly that and get himself a supercharged V8 or diesel-powered Raptor.

Be mindful of the fine print, however, because these trucks don't actually start out in life as factory-built Raptors. These are actually born as V8-powered F-150s, and PaxPower simply Raptor-fies them with OEM Raptor parts and truly makes them look like they rolled out of the assembly line that way—just with a different engine. The Texas-based tuner can work with various trims, starting with the basic XL truck or a fully loaded Limited. Personally, we think a Raptorfied King Ranch actually sounds pretty darn cool.


That's not enough for ya? For "just" $12,450, you can add a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger to Ford's 5.0-liter V8, upping the power to a stupefying 756 horsepower, easily surpassing the Raptor's stock 450 ponies. Of course, this is until Ford drops a bigger supercharged V8 in the Raptor to compete with the Rebel TRX.

PaxPower's diesel Raptor., PaxPower

If V8s aren't your thing, PaxPower will also convert a diesel-powered F-150 into one of their Raptors. There is a certain appeal of having diesel torque and the extra range that comes with the more efficient engine to spend more time out on the dunes.

Raptor grille with 2018+ headlights., PaxPower

Now, onto the price. The base Raptor upgrade package will set you back $24,950, but that doesn't include the cost of the donor truck. Factor in another $60,000 to $70,000 for one of the premium F-150s, and you're easily knocking on the $100,000 mark. And while you can most definitely buy a stock Raptor for that kind of money, getting one with a V8 or a diesel engine simply isn't an option at the moment.

As we've confirmed a handful of times, the Raptor is a fantastic truck, but there is always room for improvement. A V8 and a diesel offering with all the correct Raptor hardware will certainly make it an absolute blast to drive on- or off-road.