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A version of the 14th Gen F-150 Raptor (2021+) test vehicle below was spied again on video recently. Its said that a V8 can be heard, but for all we know it could just be a refreshed 3.5L V6 from the outgoing model. What does everyone think? Will it be a V6 or V8?

 

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I would be ecstatic if Ford went back to the V8 but they're all in on the 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Ideally they could offer both.
 

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I would be ecstatic if Ford went back to the V8 but they're all in on the 3.5L EcoBoost engine. Ideally they could offer both.
A V8 would be nice but Ford can beef up the 3.5L enough to sound and feel like a V8.
 

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After watching and listening to this video I think it's an upgraded EcoBoost instead of a V8.

I'm 80% sure of this because its very common for automakers to rework the internals enough that it ends up being a real upgrade. Plus, the V8 rumor is a stretch and unlike Ford at this point. The only exception is if they plan to go hybrid and suggests that yet. Although it maybe in the cards for a mid-cycle refresh or the gen after this.
 

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I'm 80% sure of this because its very common for automakers to rework the internals enough that it ends up being a real upgrade. Plus, the V8 rumor is a stretch and unlike Ford at this point. The only exception is if they plan to go hybrid and suggests that yet. Although it maybe in the cards for a mid-cycle refresh or the gen after this.
Yeah, when you look at what Ford's been doing it would be a big shift for them to go back to a V8. Especially when they didn't do it in the GT. Could this V8 sound be a way for Ford to try and fake out spy photographers? Maybe that's a bit too elaborate.
 

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Yeah, when you look at what Ford's been doing it would be a big shift for them to go back to a V8. Especially when they didn't do it in the GT. Could this V8 sound be a way for Ford to try and fake out spy photographers? Maybe that's a bit too elaborate.
The V8 rumors might be true after all and couldn't come at a better time with the TRX now here.
Reworked V6 internals would have kept them still in the 500-600hp range and considered in a segment below the TRX (not that its a bad thing)
 

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The V8 rumors might be true after all and couldn't come at a better time with the TRX now here.
Reworked V6 internals would have kept them still in the 500-600hp range and considered in a segment below the TRX (not that its a bad thing)
Well that's a twist I didn't expect. I guess the TRX is forcing Ford's hand to go back to the V8.

"Honestly, we had to counter Ram once we knew it installed the Hellcat in the TRX," an insider told The Drive. As the publication pointed out, recent spy shots suggest the Blue Oval will also install coil springs in the back.
 

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Well that's a twist I didn't expect. I guess the TRX is forcing Ford's hand to go back to the V8.

"Honestly, we had to counter Ram once we knew it installed the Hellcat in the TRX," an insider told The Drive. As the publication pointed out, recent spy shots suggest the Blue Oval will also install coil springs in the back.
You bet, Ford is feeling the pressure. Odds are GM might be preparing something as well. The Colorado Bison might have been part of a bigger plan for high output pickups and this segment is probably next for them.
 

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You bet, Ford is feeling the pressure. Odds are GM might be preparing something as well. The Colorado Bison might have been part of a bigger plan for high output pickups and this segment is probably next for them.
I forgot about the Bison. I'm sure it's solid but if I'm going to buy a performance truck I'll gut a full size one.
 
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