Ford isn’t closing its doors on a top-spec Super Duty Raptor over the Tremor.
Over a decade ago, Ford SVT introduced the Raptor, destined to be the top-spec model at the top of the Blue Oval truck food chain. For years, the nameplate had been reserved for the full-size F-150 pickup, but that changed when Ford introduced the Ranger Raptor in 2019 for markets outside the US.
With the F-150 Raptor now in its third generation and the Ranger Raptor in its second iteration, is there a chance Ford will expand the high-performance Raptor lineup to include the larger Super Duty trucks?
Ford Super Duty engineering manager Aaron Bresky answered that question in an interview with the Ford Authority.
According to Bresky, there is nothing limiting Ford from building a Super Duty Raptor. However, this will depend on customer demand.
“If customers say ‘we like the Tremor but where’s the Super Duty Raptor?’ we listen to our customers,” Bresky told the Ford Authority in the interview.
The refreshed 2023 Ford Super Duty was introduced in September with a standard 6.8-liter V8, with the Tremor serving as the most off-road-capable version of the heavy-duty truck. It comes with a set of 35-inch Goodyear tires that wrap around unique 18-inch wheels, as well as front lift, tuned suspension, Trail Turn Assist, selectable riding modes (including Rock Crawl), and a Dana front axle with a slip differential. limited and shaft vent tubes.
Chances are a Super Duty Raptor is tuned differently, made to go even further than the Tremor. You can expect five-link suspension in the rear for better handling, along with Fox shocks, among other things. The engine tuning would also be different, which could be an upgraded version of the Godzilla V8 engine. Whichever the case, you can expect the Super Duty Raptor to be the most powerful iteration, just like the rest of the Raptors out there already, if it happens at all.
With the Super Duty range leaning towards heavy duty rather than play, will customers really want a Super Duty Raptor? And will the number of interested buyers be significant enough for Ford to consider making one? Let us know your thoughts below.