How Powerful is the new 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R™?

Ford has launched the fastest, most powerful F-150 Raptor yet, and here’s how it performs.  

The F-150 Raptor has always been the fastest, most powerful model in the Ford F-150 pickup lineup. Unlike the XLT or LARIAT and other F-150 models designed to carry heavy loads, the Raptor is the ultimate off-road truck speed and performance. After more than a decade of braving harsh conditions and conquering massive desert dunes over three generations, Ford has now unleashed the fastest, most powerful, most extreme, high-performance off-road Raptor yet –  the 2023 F-150 Raptor R™. If you’re curious to know how powerful the new 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R™ is, this blog from Akins Ford in Winder, GA, is for you.   

What’s Under the hood of the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R™?

The new F-150 Raptor R™ has been designed and engineered by Ford Performance. Like all three previous generations of the Raptor, the Raptor R™ is inspired by the extreme off-road desert-racing trophy trucks that compete in the Baja 1000. 


Under the hood of the F-150 Raptor R™ is a new 5.2-liter supercharged V8 mated with a 10-speed SelectShift® transmission and cranks out 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque to give its owners the most extreme off-roading experience.   

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R® Performance Highlights

Ford Performance took the most powerful engine in its engine lineup (the 5.2-liter V8 is the same engine that powers the Mustang Shelby GT500®) and optimized it for Raptor-level off-road performance and Built Ford Tough® durability. The result is the most torque-dense supercharged V8 engine ever in a production pickup truck.  

To get the maximum performance out of the V8, Ford Performance recalibrated the V8’s supercharger and installed a new pulley to optimize its power for off-road use. This helped increase torque delivery at the low-end and in the mid-range.  

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The F-150 Raptor is as much about off-road ability as it is about speed and performance, so to maintain the extreme off-road durability the Raptor brand is known for, Ford Performance upgraded the engine’s exhaust manifolds to cast stainless steel and made modifications to the oil cooler and filter to keep the oil cool under extreme conditions.  

Rear side view of a gray 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R in the desert

The Raptor R™ features a capable suspension system featuring a five-link rear suspension with extra-long trailing arms to maintain axle position on rough terrain. It also features advanced FOX Live Valve shocks tuned to balance ride quality and control body roll on and off the road. These electronically-controlled dampers use suspension height sensors to monitor terrain conditions and adjust suspension tuning accordingly.  

The Ford F-150 Raptor R™ also sports standard 37-inch wheels and best-in-class ground clearance with a wheel travel of 13 inches in front and 14.1 inches in back to traverse sand and rocks with outstanding capability.  

Reserve the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R™ Near Atlanta, GA  

If you’re impressed with the new 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R™, then you’d also appreciate the other Ford F-150 models in our inventory. Check out our Ford F-150 inventory to find an F-150 that fits your lifestyle or call us to learn more about the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R™ and reserve it today!