Ford F-150 Raptor R Spied is already getting a facelift


The full-size truck segment is moving fast in the US. It’s hard to believe that the current-generation Ford F-150 is already a few years old, but a mid-cycle refresh for the best-selling rig is well into the testing phase. That puts the hardcore F-150 Raptor R in an odd position, given that it’s technically an F-150. That means that despite debuting less than a year ago, it will also get a facelift.

These photos offer our first look at the Birds of prey with updated styling. Like other F-150 disguises we’ve spied recently, the Raptor R’s exterior changes are relegated to the front and rear. Even then, the focus is on the front, where there is a larger grille behind the panels. That will result in an updated bumper, and we’re expecting minor changes to the headlights as well. With the Raptor R’s wide stance, that could mean additional updates to the fenders. However, the stacked dual-lens layout in a C-shaped mount with LED running lights remains largely unchanged.

Spy footage of others F-150 Test vehicles showed heavy camouflage covering parts of the truck bed and tailgate. Here there are only small squares of camouflage foil at the corners of the bed. New taillight designs heavily influenced by the F-150 Flash are as good as revealed here. We think standard F-150 models will have new multi-function liftgate designs, but the off-road-focused Raptor (and Raptor R) continues with the current liftgate.

We’ve yet to get a good look inside a facelifted F-150 test vehicle, but our spy sources say some heavy changes are coming to the interior. More camouflage on the dash suggests a large vertically-oriented touchscreen is coming, once again borrowing from the electric F-150 Lightning.

The beefy suspension and aggressive body easily identify this truck as a Raptor, but our spy photographer noticed a distinct V8 rumble that’s exclusive to the Raptor R. Power comes from a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 borrowed from the Shelby Mustang GT500 and retuned for truck duty. It puts out 700 horsepower to the point, although we wouldn’t be surprised if ford has tweaked the mill just enough to beat the 702-hp benchmark currently held by the Ram 1500 TRX.

We believe that the core F-150 lineup will show its fresh face later this year and launch for the 2024 model year. It remains to be seen whether the Raptor R will follow suit at the same time. In the meantime, check out the Rambling About Cars podcast for more content on the current trucking scene in America.

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