Ford F-150 Raptor Could Get Mustang Supercharged V-8 or 7.3-Liter Super Duty Engine: Report

These amped-up engines wouldn't replace the powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost, but would be available options for those wanting more power.

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Fans of the V-8-powered F-150 Raptor of yore may have a new reason to celebrate: the Blue Oval will reportedly revive the V-8 Raptor sometime in the near future if anonymous sources are to be believed.

With its return in 2017, the second-generation F-150 Raptor adopted EcoBoost power in the form of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 "EcoBoost." Though the V-6's performance beat the old V-8 by a country mile, Raptor fanatics mounted the loss of their favorite power plant, and some have even swapped V-8s into their new Raptors. But those swaps may soon become a thing of the past, as Ford Authority claims that Ford is planning a return of the V-8 Raptor.

The outlet alleges that " anonymous sources familiar with Ford product plans" confirmed the existence of V-8 Raptor prototypes supposedly undergoing testing right now. One candidate for the V-8 powering said test mule includes the 700-horsepower supercharged 5.2-liter engine from the Mustang Shelby GT500, which Car and Driver said would power the truck earlier this year. An alternative could reportedly be Ford's upcoming 7.3-liter truck engine destined to appear in its Super Duty line of heavy-duty pickups.

Ford has confirmed that the heavy-duty 7.3-liter will be "the most powerful gas V-8 in its class," meaning more than 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. If the 7.3 truly is the engine powering the supposed V-8 Raptor, its power figures—at least in performance guise—are likely far north of the EcoBoost V-6's 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It'll have to make up for its cast-iron block's extra weight, after all.

If the V-8 Raptor is real, it'll be the market's only competitor to the upcoming Ram TRX, a Hellcat-powered Ram truck that stands to be the most extreme off-roader ever built by the Big Three.

The Drive contacted Ford for comment on its plans for the F-150 Raptor's powertrain and will update when we receive comment.