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Watch: 3 minutes of the 2021 Ford Raptor in action hooning around in the desert

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The next-gen 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor has just been revealed.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor has just been revealed. The third-generation design improves upon the traditional F-150 to become a desert-ready workhorse.

There’s a ton of features on the new truck to be excited about, not the least of which is its new, more grown up sounding exhaust note.

The exhaust note, wheels, and lights play heavy in this new video provided by Ford, which shows the new F-150 Raptor wearing an orange paint job and fresh decals hooning around in the desert. The truck tosses dirt, traverses trails, and spins with glee in the open dirt. Take a watch.

Looks good, right? Part of that is because of the truck’s new suspension setup, which includes freshly tuned Fox Shox. You can read more about that here.

We know there’s a twin-turbo V6 under the hood but Ford is still keeping its horsepower and torque figures private (for now). We also don’t know the fuel economy, but given the 500-ish-mile range out of a 36-gallon tank that Ford has promised, look for it to come in around 14 mpg.

The truck’s nether regions are protected by a wider skid plate that has greater side-to-side and forward coverage than the outgoing model.

Ford has equipped the Raptor with its Terrain Management System’s seven drive modes: Slippery, Tow/Haul, Sport, Normal, Off-Road, Baja, and Rock Crawl. These are the same as in the Bronco. Drive modes adjust steering feel, transfer case behavior, stability control, active valve exhaust, active damping system, throttle mapping, and transmission shift points.

The 2021 F-150 Raptor will be assembled at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and available in showrooms this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the truck’s on-sale date.

If you like the looks of the Raptor but wish it was more powerful, just hold your horses. The F-150 Raptor R is coming out later this year and it’s looking like that will be the true off-roading wizard. Stay tuned.

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