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Will we see a 2016 SVT Raptor?

Thursday, July 31st 2014. | 2015 Ford F-150, 2016 Ford F-150, Ford F-150 Raptor
2014 F-150 SVT Raptor with 6.2L V8 in Blue

2014 F-150 SVT Raptor with 6.2L V8 in Blue

Trim levels for the 2015 Ford F-150 have been announced and I’m sure you’ve noticed the lack of an SVT Raptor trim level. I almost feel bad calling it a trim level, because it really is a very distinctive truck in Ford’s lineup. All the same trim levels have been announced along with the fact that we will no longer have a 6.2 liter V8 available for the F-150. This means that we won’t see a Raptor this coming model year. Ford’s Mike Levine has indicated that they’ll have more news on this front, but right now we are still be kept in the dark. What’s likely to happen?

2013 Ford F-150 Raptor in the rocks

2013 Ford F-150 Raptor in the rocks

People have spied a Raptor testing in the wild with something that sounds like a turbo and a V6 engine note. I think it likely means we’ll see the 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost Raptor that should have been built some years ago, in my opinion. Ford has also been hinting at a revamped 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost, since for 2015 the current 3.5 is carrying over, I have a feeling 2016 might be the year for the return of the Raptor. I’m not surprised Ford is holding back on that until they’ve brought us the revamped 3.5, it makes sense to build a 2016 Raptor with a new powerplant rather than with one that is on its way out. Considering the sort of power Ford has gotten out of its new 2.7 liter EcoBoost, I think we can expect a very healthy power increase from the 3.5 liter.

SVT Raptor showing off its rock crawling abilities

SVT Raptor showing off its rock crawling abilities

Another couple reasons to be excited for an EcoBoost Raptor? Fuel Economy and performance. A few performance companies have taken it upon themselves to put EcoBoosts into Raptors. I recall a review of one and the driver commented he averaged something like 11 miles per gallon in his personal Raptor and was averaging more like 16 mpg in the EcoBoost Raptor he was testing. This Raptor had also been tuned and he commented it actually felt quite a bit faster than his 6.2 liter V8 Raptor. Also, let’s not forget Ford’s own Baja 1000 Raptor with a 3.5 EcoBoost.

Ford ran a Ford Raptor in the Baja 1000, powered by a 3.5 Liter EcoBoost

Ford ran a Ford Raptor in the Baja 1000, powered by a 3.5 Liter EcoBoost

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