Ford will build an F-Series Super Duty Raptor if customers scream loud enough | Rare Techy
The Raptor brand has been remarkably successful for Ford, increasing the performance of trucks across its lineup. And the brand may continue to expand into the F-Series Super Duty family, but only if customers demand it.
Aaron Bresky, director of engineering for the Super Duty product line, told Ford Authority that if Ford customers like the idea of a high-performance heavy-duty truck, it wouldn’t hesitate to make it happen.
“I don’t think there’s any limit to that, and we always listen to our customers,” Bresky said. “When customers say, ‘We like the Tremor, but where’s the Super Duty Raptor?’ we listen to our customers.”
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For 2023, the F-Series Super Duty lineup will be offered with a variety of off-road packages, though they’re all less extreme than the Raptor equipment offered on Ford’s smaller trucks. For example, the XL Off-Road package includes 17-inch wheels with 33-inch tires, a raised air dam, skid plates and more.
However, the most extreme off-road focused package is the Tremor. Added to this are 18-inch wheels, 35-inch Goodyear tires, a front lift, a uniquely tuned suspension, a Dana front axle, a limited-slip differential, as well as several track-focused driver assistance systems.
While that all sounds pretty good on its own, Ford will likely add even more off-road equipment and a more powerful engine to the truck to make it a Raptor. For example, the F-150 Raptor has 24-inch coil springs, Fox Live Valve shocks, a Torsen front limited-slip differential, and optional 37-inch tires.
The F-150 Raptor R is also sold with the same V8 as the Mustang Shelby GT500, making 700 hp (522 kW/710 hp) and 640 lb-ft (868 Nm) of torque. That’s considerably more than the F-Series Super Duty’s 7.3-liter V8 is expected to churn out, but the tuners have managed to squeeze as much as 965 hp out of the engine with some modifications.