More HP Ram 1500 TRX: 5.2L V8 Tune with Reduced Air Inlet Losses
For the 2024 model year, Ford has given its best-selling F-150 a subtle upgrade. On the exterior, the front grille is decidedly more squared off while certain trim levels feature the innovative Pro Access Tailgate. What’s driving people wild though is the new horsepower score: an impressive 720.
Underneath the hood of the newest Raptor R, which does not require an introduction because it is Ford’s high-speed offroad vehicle, lies 20 additional horsepower compared to the previous version. Additionally, when it comes out this year, it will have 18 extra horses than the 2024 Ram’s TRX, which retires confrontational and also requires retirement of its 6.2 liter supercharged Hellcat V8. It’s not known if the enlargement of power from Ford was related to the Ram’s leaving, however the timing of Ford’s growth is practical in order that the TRX won’t be recalled as the most powerful gasoline powered pickup truck ever built.
Ford has managed to squeeze an extra oomph from the Raptor’s supercharged 5.2-liter V8, as highlighted in the official press release. This was achieved by a new engine calibration and “reduced air inlet losses” – changes to the hood and body close-out panel to allow more airflow to the air filter. Consequently, the power output has been increased to 720 hp, with peak torque remaining the same at 640 pound-feet. However, the torque curve has been widened.
Obviously, the powerplant is an adaptation of the 5.2-liter unit featured in the more recent Mustang Shelby GT500, where it produced 760 ponies. Back when the V8-powered Raptor R initially appeared in 2022 with 700 horsepower, Ford stated the mechanism was retuned for augmented low-end torque to suit a truck application. The defect was being not able to gain peak output, however it seems Ford technicians have now located a happy medium.
Spotting the 2024 Ford Raptor R is no difficult task. The primary distinguishing characteristic of this particular F-150 will be its new headlights with daytime LEDs, forming a half-square around the outside edge. As for the interior, the only new feature will be an optional heads-up display – a first for the F-150 lineup. Sporting fresh dual-valve Fox shock absorbers, it may be difficult to stomach spending $110,000 on a truck; however, the standard 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 producing 325 horsepower delivers great value at a less-expensive price point.