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  • Writer's pictureCory Fourniquet

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R: First Drive Impressions

The horsepower wars of the 1960s that gave us names like GTO, Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger, have led to the modern horsepower wars giving us TRX and now Raptor R. This 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is the Blue Oval’s answer to the Hellcat-powered Ram TRX, and in many ways, it is the better truck.

We had a few minutes with this Antimatter Blue example while we were at the 2023 Midwest Automotive Media Association (or MAMA) Spring Rally in Wisconsin. While we were not able to to everything with it that we liked (the course was really built for mid-size off-road vehicles), it definitely showed what it was capable of in our short drive.

We have one coming to us on our home turf in Texas very soon, so be sure you are following along to see that content when it drops.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Specs:

  • 5.2L Supercharged V8 Engine

  • 700 Horsepower

  • 640 lb-ft of Torque

  • 10-Speed Automatic Transmission

  • 4-Wheel Drive

  • 2-Speed Transfer Case

  • Increased Width over Regular F-150

  • 3.6 second 0-60 mph Acceleration

  • 12 second 1/4 mile at 112 mph

  • Independent Double-wishbone with Coil-over Shock and Cast Aluminum Lower Control Arm

  • Five-link Coil with Panhard Rod Rear Suspension

  • High-output, Gas-pressurized, Electronically Controlled, Continuously Variable Compression Damping FOX Racing Shox

    • 3.1-inch Damper, 1.0-inch Rod Diameter with 37-inch tires (0.875-inch Rod in Rear)

  • 14.1-inches of Wheel Travel Front and Rear

  • 17-inch Forged Aluminum Headlock-capable Wheels

  • L37x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 Tires

  • Dual Rear Exit Exhaust

  • Seating for 5

  • RECARO Black Leather Seats with Suede Inserts

  • Leather and Suede-wrapped Steering Wheel

  • Digital Gauge Cluster

  • 12-inch Infotainment Screen with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control

  • LED Headlights

  • LED Taillights

  • Power Operated, Damped Tailgate

  • Proximity Key with Push Button Start

  • EPA Fuel Economy 15/15/15 (city/hwy/cmb)

  • Starting Price: $75,775

  • Price As Tested: $111,935

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