When the 2015 Ford F150 was introduced with no mention of the 6.2L V8 that motivated the previous generation SVT Raptor, it was assumed by pretty much everyone that a new Raptor would come with some other high performance engine. It has been widely debated that the next generation Raptor, which will be based on the new aluminum bodied 2015 F150, would derive its power from either the 3.5L EcoBoost, the 5.0L V8 or some new engine. However, a collection of unnecessarily aggressive messages from readers insist that the new Raptor would still be powered by the 6.2L that is offered in the Ford Super Duty lineup.
It is certainly an interesting proposition, but could it be true?
Raptor Power Then and Now
The previous generation Ford SVT Raptor F150 was powered by a specially prepared 6.2L V8 that delivered an awesome 411 horsepower and 434lb-ft of torque. That made it one of the most powerful half ton trucks on the market, but when the engine lineup for the 2015 F150 was rolled out - that 6.2L was gone.
It is widely expected that the next generation Raptor will have an engine that is at least equally strong as the previous 6.2L V8, but nothing in the current 2015 F150 lineup comes close. The biggest horsepower engine is the 5.0L V8 with 385hp and 387klb-ft of torque, while the 3.5L EcoBoost packs the most torque with 420lb-ft and 365 horsepower. Even though the new F150 is much lighter than the outgoing models, those engines would seemingly leave the Raptor a little short on power, so Ford would (in theory) need a more powerful engine.
2015 Ford F150 Galleries:
A closer look at the trimlines of the 2015 Ford F150
The 2015 Ford F150 at the 2014 NAIAS
The Possible Engines
I have speculated that the 2015 F150-based Raptor would have a super tuned EcoBoost engine and the new EcoBeast trademark filing somewhat reinforces that idea. There is also the possibility of a worked version of the 5.0L V8, similar to the one in the Ford Mustang GT, which delivers 435 horsepower and 400lb-ft of torque. What I haven’t considered is the possibility of Ford using the 6.2L V8 that is the base engine in their Super Duty truck lineup.
The Super Duty 6.2L V8 makes 385 horsepower and 405lb-ft of torque, and while that is a far fall from the output of the previous SVT 6.2L, Ford could reincarnate that 6.2L engine for the 2016 model year. With the 6.2L engine still being hard at work in the Super Duty lineup, it is definitely possible that FoMoCo could use some version of the Super Duty 6.2 for the next generation SVT Raptor.
Even if Ford only shot for the specs of the previous Raptor, the lightweight body of the 2015 F150 would afford the new Raptor improved levels of performance.
I'm Expecting an EcoBeast
Before the EcoBeast trademark news hit the airwaves, I believed that the next gen F150 Raptor might be powered by a specially tuned EcoBoost V6. Since the EcoBeast news, I fully believe that the next gen Raptor will pack a twin turbo V6. However, due to the suggestions of several readers, I wanted to propose the possibility that the 2016 SVT Raptor might still pack a 6.2L V8.