Is the Ford Raptor Worth Buying?

July 5, 2022

Top Features and Performance Capabilities of the Ford Raptor

If you've been following us for any amount of time, then you know just how much of a soft spot we have for the Ford Raptor. When we look at what it brings to the table, it's important to note that the Raptor didn't just pop into existence overnight - there are years and years of research, build time, Baja racing, and all sorts of really awesome stuff that happened along the way.

But what does that story look like? Why would you want to own a Raptor? And what makes them so cool? Today, we'll be taking you through all these questions as we show you everything you need to know about the one and only sand-slinging, factory 35-inch tire-having goodness that is the Ford Raptor. Let's get into it.

Quick History Of Ford Raptor Development

To understand just why the Raptor is as cool as it is, we have to look way back in the history books, starting with the F-150 Lightning. Dreamed up by Ford's special vehicle team, or SVT for short, the first and second-generation Lightning trucks were created and quickly made waves in the industry for offering a factory street-oriented performance truck.

By 2000, SVT was rolling out the second-generation Lightning, which put out 360 horsepower, was lowered from the factory, and packed a supercharger under the hood. This one is probably the most familiar because you've likely seen it in The Fast and The Furious where Paul Walker whips it down the road, boxes in the bed stacked high. While it's an iconic movie truck, the Lightning has continued to inspire people around the real world as well.

The Lightning drilled the pilot hole for Ford in the specialty truck market, but it wasn't until the late 2000s that it came to light - introduced at the SEMA show in 2008, Ford came out swinging with the first-generation Raptor, and that's where our story begins.

Read More: Everything You Need To Know About The New Ford F-150 Lightning

2013 Ford Raptor with Fittipaldi Off-Road FTF16 wheels

Performance Features and Off-Roading Capabilities of the First-Generation Ford Raptor

The first-gen Ford Raptor was big and bubble-bodied, but man oh man did it pack some serious punch. It featured a 6.2-liter V8 that pushed out over 400 horsepower, along with a long-travel suspension system and a new off-road design. That would steal the thunder of every other off-road company at the show, proving that Ford didn't just talk the talk - they walked the walk too.

The biggest proving ground for any wannabe off-road truck is the Baja 1000, one of the most grueling races of the year that takes place in the heart of Mexico. The Baja 1000 is an endurance race that claims many vehicles in its grasp each year - it's tough, it's hot, and it's so intense that some of the most skilled drivers on the planet have trouble finishing. Naturally, Ford decided the best way for the Raptor to enter the off-road market was to send it to the Baja, and they did.

For a brand-new truck that was hardly tested being sent straight to the Gulag, the Raptor performed. Ford was so impressed by how well the Raptor did that they've sent one every year to compete in the race, setting the stage for the Raptor to take its rightful place as one of the top off-roaders in the business.

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2020 Ford Raptor with Cali Off-Road Summit wheels

Engine Specs and Performance Features of the Second-Generation Ford Raptor

The first-generation Raptor would be in production for several years until Ford decided it was time for a facelift in the mid-2010s. That came to light in 2017, when they rolled out the second-gen Raptor, which made waves in the truck market for a very different reason.

The second-generation Raptor would lose its F-150 badging entirely and simply be called a Raptor, but that's not what made it controversial. Under the hood, Ford opted to ditch the V8 that had previously been standard on the Raptor, and put in a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 to take its place. You heard that right - Ford opted to drop the fire-breathing, bald eagle-screeching V8 in return for two turbos and the efficiency of an EcoBoost.

The market exploded when this news came out; people divided in a quick hurry as to whether they loved or hated it. But when you stack up the 3.5-liter next to the old V8, you'll find that the EcoBoost wins in literally every category.

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Design Features of the Second-Generation Ford Raptor

The engine choice in the second-gen Raptor was all most people wanted to talk about, but we can't talk about it without mentioning the new styling that it brought to the table. Featuring sweeping lines and a much more aggressive front end, this new Raptor would usher in the second generation of off-road goodness for years to come. It's been in production since 2017, after all, though there is some news of a new Raptor on the horizon.

2019 Ford Raptor with Fuel Rebel wheels and Nitto Ridge Grappler tires

Will The New Ford Raptor R Have a V8 Engine?

The second-gen Raptor was awesome, but Ford has consistently been under the gun about its twin-turbo V6 engine choice. This was only further driven home when Ram released the V8-supercharged TRX, a monster of a truck that takes plenty of direct shots at the Raptor.

Ram called, and Ford picked up right away, this time with a new variant of the Raptor: the Raptor R. There's still a lot left to be announced about the Raptor R, but we do know that it's rumored to be a V8-powered model. Some sources go so far as to say that it'll feature the same 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that you'll find in Ford's iconic Shelby GT500, and that would be absolutely killer. We've driven (and loved) Shelby models before, and we can't wait to see what the new Raptor has in store.

Shop Wheels, Tires, and Suspension for the Ford Raptor At Custom Offsets

The Ford Raptor is a truck that defies convention and offers some of the best street and trail performance that you could ever need. If you don't have one, we'd highly recommend getting one. And if you do have one, we can help you make it yours with our huge selection of wheels, tires, and suspension parts to fit your Raptor perfectly.

Check out our inventory today to find the aftermarket accessories that best fit your Raptor, or head over to our fitment gallery to see the best Raptor builds in the country. Of course, if you have any questions about what wheels, tires, and suspension components are best for your Raptor, we're happy to help.

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