The 2024 Ford F-150 just dropped at the Detroit Auto Show, and there are improvements across the line. That includes the high-performance Raptor and Raptor R. The Raptor began its life in 2010 as the F-150 SVT Raptor, and it initially could be had with either a 5.4-liter V8 engine or a 6.2-liter V8 in its first-generation. The lower displacement engine was dropped soon after, leaving the more potent 411-hp 6.2-liter version as the only choice. Ford ditched the V8 for gen-2, but the new twin-turbo V6 made more power to the tune of 450 hp.
The gen-3 2023 F-150 Raptor currently uses two different engines. The first is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo high-output V6 good for 450 hp and a monstrous 5.2-liter supercharged V8 with 700 hp. For 2024, the Raptor R keeps the same V8, but in Detroit Ford promised that the 2024 Raptor R is "targeted to be the most powerful high-performance off-road truck ever" with "over 700 horsepower". That means the brand is likely aiming to beat the Ram TRX's 702 horses, an already hefty sum. But there are more changes to love, so here we go.
Most will be hard-pressed to see the aesthetic changes to the 2024 Raptor. The biggest changes are actually in the front, namely the larger grille and headlight integration into that design. The grille mesh pattern is different and larger, and there's less visual separation between the vertically stacked headlights and the outer edges of the grille. The LED DRLs are also less curved and now with separate lighting elements vertically and horizontally.
The 2024 Raptor also benefits visually and functionally from a new available modular front bumper that provides better approach angles, as well as the ability to install accessories like a light bar. It also comes with bigger, stronger forged front tow hooks.
The Raptor also gets fresh decal graphics and a cool new Shelter Green paint scheme that's only available on the Raptor versus other F-150 models. Inside , Ford added a shift indicator to the instrument cluster, a new head-up display "performance view", and Recaro seats if you get the Performance Package. Wooh, gotta love that.
The Details Underneath
If you opt for the new bumper on the regular Raptor, you can also get 37-inch tires and Dual Live Valve Fox shocks that add adaptive rebound damping and compression damping that should directly benefit on-road performance and off-road stability.
The same twin-turbo V6 for the base Raptor (is anything really base about it, though?) carries over for 2024, and it's still mated to the excellent 10-speed automatic transmission. Suspension bits are the same in terms of the rear five-link, coil-sprung live axle. The Raptor also has the same Trail Control off-road-programmed cruise control, one-pedal driving, and multiple terrain modes that make it capable on just about any surface.
Pricing for the 2024 F-150 Raptor and Raptor R will get bumped up a bit, but specific MSRPs have not been disclosed yet. The current Raptor costs $76,775 and the R costs a substantial $109,250, but we think what you get in terms of power, comfort, tech, and on- and off-road capability are worth the asking price.
The Second-Generation Ford F-150 Raptor was great in its own right. Read our full review below.