By   November 14, 2019

Ford F-150 Raptor

The 2020 Ford F-150 offers a powerful and rugged choice that outperforms all other pickup trucks on the market in key metrics. This distinctive truck has excellent standard features and good looks that other pickup trucks on the market just cannot measure up to and there are rumors of a supercharged V8 version on the horizon.

The standard 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine provides a powerful 450 horsepower that is easily the best in its class. This 24-valve twin-turbo engine with the standard 10-speed automatic transmission produces a massive 510 pounds per foot of torque — also the best in class.

The Raptor Kills It Off-Road

The F-150 Raptor is the ultimate all-terrain pickup thanks to the exclusive Ford Trail Control feature. This is a cruise control system for tough off-road terrain. You simply set the speed and the system controls acceleration and braking, sending torque and braking to each of the four wheels as conditions require so that you can concentrate on steering the vehicle.

The Raptor also comes with standard high output FOX live valve shocks to deliver the control you would expect with a vehicle of this caliber. These shocks continually adjust to the terrain and provide a comfortable ride with ultimate control. The distinctive Baja designed tires provide the best in rugged durable tires that will handle all of the terrain that you may encounter.

Even More Power for the Raptor with a V8?

Will the 2020 Ford F-150 have a V8? According to multiple sources such as Car and Driver Magazine, Ford will offer the same extremely high-powered V8 that is powering the Mustang Shelby GT 500 in a version of the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor.

This 5.2L V-8 engine is slated to put out over 700 horsepower. It will be matched with the 10-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on the Raptor.

A raucous V8 will make the Raptor the ultimate in powerful pickups that will exceed anything else in its class.

This upgraded engine is expected to add about $17,000 to the price of the vehicle, which would put it at $70,000 exclusive of any other options that you might choose to add.

Standard and Optional Features

This vehicle comes with all of the standard features that you would expect to find in this class of vehicle including cruise control, pre-collision assist with emergency braking, power door locks, power windows, adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel and more.

It also comes standard with stereo AM/FM Sirius satellite radio and the Ford Sync 3 system with the FordPass Connect Wi-Fi hotspot.

Standard exterior features include daytime running lights, Quad Beam surround LED headlights, power side mirrors, LED taillights and a powered tailgate.

The starting price for this vehicle is a little over $53,000 with these features. Of course, there is a wide variety of other optional features available for those who desire to customize their vehicle including a premium sound system, a Kicker subwoofer, a voice-activated navigation system, a pro trailer backup assist, heated seats, heated steering wheel, and a huge variety of other options.

Safety Features

Standard safety features are wide-ranging, starting with the rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist, AdvanceTrac Roll Stability control, all-around airbags, curve control system, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, tire pressure monitoring, and Active Restraint System three-point safety belts. There is an optional Blind Spot Information System available.

Security

To protect your beautiful vehicle is a remote keyless entry system and a perimeter anti-theft alarm. Also standard is the passive anti-theft system and the post-crash alarm system. There is an optional remote start system and enhanced security system available for those looking for even more protection.

Who Is This Vehicle Made for?

The 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor with the standard engine package is for the truck enthusiast looking for a distinctive, powerful vehicle able to handle any terrain off-road or on-road. It is a great looking vehicle that stands out as a top-of-the-line choice. It is a rugged vehicle, but can be a luxurious experience as well with the optional features that are available.

The only way to exceed this choice would be by adding the new even more powerful V8 that powers the Mustang GT500 if you’re looking to be the owner of that rare combination of ultimate power, off-road prowess, and distinctive good looks.

All in all, this vehicle is unique with its extensive standard features, options to customize the vehicle, excellent Ford service support, and the coming V8 engine may represent a once in a lifetime experience which will stand the test of time.