The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R brings V-8 power back to Ford’s powerful off-road pickup truck. Late Model Restoration YouTube channel recently strapped one to a dyno to see how well the Raptor R managed that extra power.
The truck’s supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 engine, a variant of the Predator engine used in the recently discontinued Mustang Shelby GT500, is rated at 700 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque. However, that is measured at the crank, not the wheels. To see how much power is actually getting to the ground, you need a dynamometer.
2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R dyno test
Using 93-octane fuel and a showroom-fresh truck with 120 miles on the odometer, Late Model Restoration recorded 580 hp at 6,300 rpm and 533 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm at the rear wheels. Note that while seventh gear on the 10-speed automatic transmission has the 1:1 gear ratio that would give the most accurate result, the test was conducted in fifth gear to avoid overriding the 184-mph speed limiter of the Raptor R is propelled.
These numbers represent 18% powertrain loss in horsepower and 17% torque, which is not uncommon for a pickup truck. Hennessey Performance Engineering recorded 17% drivetrain loss on the rear wheels when testing a 2021 Ram 1500 TRX on the dyno. The Ram’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque at the crank.
After getting the base specs, Late Model Restoration swapped out the air filter for a high-flow Ford Performance item, resulting in a slight bump to 588 hp and 534 lb-ft at the wheels. With ice around the supercharger, that rose to 590 hp and 541 lb-ft.
Ford won’t list a 0-60 mph time, but we do know that the Raptor R can tow up to 8,700 pounds, which is 500 pounds more than the standard Raptor, which has a 3.5-liter V-6 with two turbochargers. The Raptor R also gets the 37-inch tires that are optional on the base Raptor as standard. With a base price of $109,145 (including destination), the Raptor R also has a substantial $25,245 premium over a comparably equipped V-6 Raptor.