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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Supercab Review: Changes, Expected Release Date, Prices, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow

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July 05, 2020 at 12:36 PM

Amidst the speculations of being called-off, Ford has recently announced that the F-150 Raptor is coming out in 2021 with its third-generation. Based on the new 2021 Ford F-150, the new-gen Raptor would also get an interior and exterior refresh along with better tech and more premiumness.

While the Raptor tag has been associated with Ford since 2010, it was only in the year 2017 reappeared into popular notion with the F-150 series. Yes, we are talking about the second-gen Raptor unveiled in 2017 which was based upon the 13th gen F-150. Replacing the earlier F-150 SVT, the second-gen F-150 Raptor still represented the epitome of Ford’s raw prowess but this time with more muscle and flair. With significant fine-tuning in recent years, the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor is the most beastly, powerful and aggressive it has ever been. 

A powerful engine., higher ground clearance, meaner profile and off-road ready tuning is what separated the Raptor from the regular F-150 series. However, with the lesser demand Ford is mulling on to scrap the Raptor Supercab. But one good thing is that Ford has assured us the F-150 Raptor SuperCab is coming for 2021 and that's exactly what we are interested in here. Since we know that the upcoming 2021 F-150 will be a redesigned 14th-gen model, the 2021 F-150 Raptor will also get all the following updates. On that note we take a quick look at how the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Supercab would stack up.

What's New

  • New third-gen Raptor with revised exteriors and interiors
  • Enhanced towing capacity and payload
  • Sync4 infotainment with larger display and more standard features

Expected price and release date of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Debuted on June 25 recently, the 2021 Ford F-150 would hit the stores around fall, this year. The third-gen 2021 F-150 Raptor though should follow its regular sibling and would be available not before early 2021. While prices of the upcoming F-150 as well as the Raptor are not yet revealed, we do expect a significant price bump/. Thanks to the generation change and a thoughtful revision., expect the 2021 Ford F-150 to start around $31,000 while the Raptor might cost you over $55,000.

What to expect in the engine department?

The details of the upcoming Raptor have not been revealed but we expect the 2021 model to carry its familiar 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. Accompanied by a 10-speed automatic, the engine churns out 450 hp and 510 ft-lbs of torque. The twin-turbo V6 replaces the V8 of the earlier Raptors and for all the good reasons. The bonkers engine is an essential part of the Raptor that helps it achieve a composition and gene like no other production car.

No surprise, the GT to Mustang powering engine feels ferocious in the Raptor and further intensifies its raging intent. With instant kick-down and mammoth mid-range torque, the Raptor feels like a beat flying on the roads. The 10-speed automatic too is smooth and quick but does fumble quite a few times looking for the right gear. 

Models

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor (Expected)

2020 Ram 2500

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Base MSRP

$55,000 (est)

$53,350

$41,400

$43,850

Engine

3.5-liter twin-turbo V6

6.4-liter V8

3.6-liter V8

3.6-liter V6 engine

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

450 @ 5000

410 @ 5600

308 @ 6800

285 @ 6400

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

510 @ 3500

429 @ 4000

275 @ 4000

260 @ 4400

Towing Capacity (lbs)

6000

10,350

5000

7000

Payload Capacity (lbs)

1000

1510

1493

1200

Pitched against similarly packed rivals, the Ford F-150 Raptor does seem to have an edge over the rest in terms of power. The average powered Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Jeep Gladiator Rubicon just can't catch-up with the Raptors twin-turbo behemoth. Though, the monstrous Ram 2500 Power wagon does get close but still falls short to the mighty Ford. 

Acceleration

Hit the streets with the current 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor and that's when it shows you it's capable of. Despite its heavy weight and bulk, it can certainly engage in a dogfight with some smaller cars which flash some sporty genes. While its top speed might be electronically limited to 108 mph, the way it gains momentum is absolutely ferocious. The heavy mass and high riding position only pronounces its vigorous velocity. No surprise, the twin-turbo powerplant pushes it from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. 

Models

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor (Expected)

2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.1

TBA

7.0

7.9

Quarter mile (sec)

13.7

TBA

14.7

16.3

Top speed (mph(

108

TBA

N/A

97

Engine

3.5-liter twin-turbo V6

6.4-liter V8

3.6-liter V8

3.6-liter V6 engine

Among the rivals of course the Raptor is the quickest among the competition. While the Colorado and Gladiator are far slower than the Ford, acceleration figures for the Ram are not yet available. However, with respect to its heavy weight and generous proportions, the Ram 2500 Power Wagon should most likely be slower than the Raptor. With the same expected powertrain and dimensions, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor should offer similar acceleration figures.

How does the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor handle?

With similar expected proportions and mechanics, the 2021 F-150 Raptor should offer similar on-road manners. That's only a good thing though since the current Raptor is a brilliant thing on the move. What it surprises you the most with is its soaring versatility. Even with the chunky wheels and high body, it deals with road undulations very politely. According to your driving preference and tarmac, flip it through the available Normal, sport and off-road mode, and the Raptor changes its character seamlessly.

In normal mode, the suspension softens itself and the efficient throttle and steering response make it as easy-going as an everyday car. Shift it to sport mode and the long-travel independent suspension stiffens up a bit, the engine comes to life and so does the steering wheel. However, the ideal home for the Raptor is the wild indeed. That exactly where it’s “off-road mode” comes into play. The off-road mode also allows you to select your terrain accordingly from either tow/haul, snow/wet/, baja, rock/crawl and mud/sand. 

Whatever be the uneasy turf, the Raptor’s electronic-locking rear differential, off-road Fox shocks, a Raptor-specific four-wheel-drive unit and a Torque-on-Demand transfer case make sure that you overcome them with ease. Perhaps, the way this gigantic machine fiddles through its throttle and steering response as well as shift-timings and traction control is very impressive. Whatever be the occasion and the road, the Raptor always instills confidence in your mind that no other production vehicle does.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor deliver?

Robust pick-up trucks and fuel economy are terms which were never meant to go with each other. To fulfill their heavy duty needs these monsters do need a healthy diet. With an even stronger muscle to flex, the daily supplement needs in the F-150 raptor are unsurprisingly higher. Clear and precise, the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor offers a 16 combined mpg on the move. Unless and until Ford adds some hybrid-assist to its powertrain as on the new 14th-gen F-150, the 2021 Raptor Supercab shall offer similar efficiency. 

Models

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor (Expected)

2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

MPG (city)

15

11

16

16

MPG (highway)

18

16

18

23

MPG (combined)

16

12

17

19

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

26.0

31.0

21.0

22.0

Range (city/highway, in miles)

390.0/468.0 

341.0/486.0

336.0/378.0

352.0/506.0

No surprises again and the F-150 Raptor’s fuel economy is on the average size of the class. However, we bet anyone would even mind the mild output considering its tremendous capability. In the league though, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon turns out to be the most efficient with its 19 combined mpg.

What to expect from the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor’s interior?

On the inside, the new third-gen Raptor Supercab would follow the design language of the updated 14th-gen F-150, on which it would be based on. Talking about the interior changes in the refreshed 2021 F-150’s cabin, well, there are many. First-up is the redesigned dashboard with larger infotainment screen and a new steering wheel as well. Importantly, the reworked interior decoration in the new F-150 gives it a more spacious feel. 

The center-console is now more flat and wide and also houses the new stowaway shifter. The center-console now also folds flat converting itself into a pretty workable desk. The interior layout is completely new which looks clean and modern, The build-quality and interior fitments feel much better than before as well. The thoughtful appointment of two-tone soft-touch materials and silver accents inside also make the cabin feel very premium. 

Models

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor (Expected)

2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Passenger Capacity

5

6

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.8/66.7/43.9

40.9/65.9/40.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

42.8/55.7/41.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.3/65.8/33.5

39.8/65.6/40.2

36.7/57.3/28.6

42.8/55.7/38.3

We don't have complete information about the seats but from the images shared by Ford, the seats do seem to sport a better quality material than the previous generation. As always with the Ford Raptor, the seats should nonetheless be very comfortable with good bolstering along with creature comforts like power adjustability and heating in the front row. 

With the generation upgrade, we do expect an enhanced suite of premium creature comforts on the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Supercab. Though the present 2020 Raptor does offer adequate space at both the rows, we do expect the updated model to enhance that with its reworked cabin layout. Well, we could only wait until its launch to see what's finally being offered on the cards. 

2021 Ford F-150: Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2021 Ford F-150 takes a big leap forward in the infotainment section which the third-gen Raptor should also follow. The new F-150 features a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen and an optional 12.0-unit as well. The larger 12.0-inch display occupies the majority of the dash along with physical shortcut knobs and buttons for audio, volume and temperature settings. While the base models do get a4.2-inch productivity display between their analog gauges, the higher models get a 12.3-inch digital cluster as well. 

The updated infotainment will sport the Sync4 operating system and shall continue to delight us with its intuitiveness. The new infotainment screens though need to be tested around once the 2021 F-150 series is revealed. Since the current 2020 Raptor and F-150 does come with an adequate suite of connectivity features, we do have some strong assurances for the 2021 model. However, apart from the existing tray of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM Satellite radio, navigation and WiFi hotspot, some more notable additions are very likely in the upcoming model. 

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Supercab?

Similar to the interiors, the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor would also share the styling tweaks of the 2021 F-150. Speaking of the exterior changes on the upcoming 14th-gen Ford F-150, they are significant but not drastic. The major design change is certainly on its face. At the front, the updated F-150 gets bolder than its outgoing model with a restricted yet taller grille that can be ordered in one of the 11 available designs. 

The grille no longer bisects the headlights and can be had with plentiful chrome treatment as well. Instead, the updated headlights are now bisected by a horizontal line and they also get more angular DRLs now. While its proportions and form factor remain the same, so does the side profile. However, the side body now gets wider wheel-arches and larger rims. 

Model

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor (Expected)

2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5525

7055

4480

5050

Length (in.)

220.0

238.8

212.2

218.0

Width (in.)

86.3

79.1

76.7

73.8

Height (in.)

78.5

80.9

72.2

75.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

11.5

14.2

8.9

11.1

Wheelbase (in.)

134.2

149.3

128.5

137.3

The simplistic rear-end no more houses the polygonal lamps and gets minimalistic triangular taillights. However, these were the changes on the regular 150, but the yet to be revealed Raptor will certainly have its own distinctive exterior traits. Nothing unfamiliar though. We should probably still get to see an aggressive blacked-out front-grille with bold Ford badging, higher ground-clearance, chunky off-road tires and black exterior accents. 

What about the safety features and ratings?

While the details of the safety suite in the 2021 F-series are yet to be revealed, we do build up some strong optimism based on its current model. With a rich array of standard safety features and bullet-proof build-quality, the 2020 Ford F-Series enjoy an overall “good'' recognition by IIHS and a 5-star safety rating by NHTSA.

While these gradings might not look outright impressive at first stance but considering the heft and bulk of large pick-up trucks, they actually resonate into great help and peace of mind on the go. We expect the 2021 Ford F-150 and the Raptor, to offer a similar safety apparatus. However, some enhancement in the safety features list with some newly induced ones is also very likely. Some of the important safety highlights of the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor are mentioned below for reference.

Highlighted Safety Features 

  • Curve control
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Perimeter anti-theft alarm
  • Rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch assist
  • AdvanceTrac with roll stability control
  • Pre and post-collision safety system
  • Emergency braking preparation
  • 4-wheel ABS and ventilated discs

Verdict

If you are looking for a large 5-seater pick-up truck and you don't want to compromise upon anything, even by an inch, be it performance, off-roading or heavy-duty, the Ford F-150 Raptor is the right pick for you. It’s quick as a sports car, can happily adhere to your towing and load-carrying commands and can tame a trail which probably no other off-roader can. However, if you can be patient for a while, the upcoming third-gen 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor would offer additional style and luxury along with the aforementioned package. 

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