F-150 Limited with Raptor Power Moves Performance Bar Forward

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2019 Ford F-150 Limited front three quarter sunset

Ford’s new F-150 Limited opens the door to more powerful variants in the future.

What is luxury? What is a luxury car? For many, luxury is an opulent interior. It’s advanced technology. It’s impeccable build quality. It’s power… limitless power.

The 2019 Ford F-150 Limited delivers on all of that. Not only is the interior unique to the F-150 (it shares a lot with the pricey Super Duty Limited models), but it receives a power upgrade. The 2019 Limited has the same EcoBoost turbocharged V6 that’s in the Baja blasting Ford Performance Raptor.

This is the first time in Limited history that we can recall where the model gets an engine unique to the trim. The extra 75 horsepower surely isn’t necessary, but it’s awfully nice to have. The extra 40 ft-lbs of torque over the normal 3.5L is also welcomed.

The exterior changes come in the form of unique wheels and grille. Additionally, the truck receives a true dual exhaust setup that is similar to that on the Raptor. It not only looks nice, but it’s a requirement for the Raptor power plant.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited interior profile

Interior changes are greater, with a special two-tone interior and leather everywhere.

Pricing? It won’t be cheap. While it’s been said that there’s a Ford for everyone when it comes to the trucks, the new truck is likely to carry a higher price tag than the previous one. Power doesn’t come free.

The Limited is also probably the closest we’re going to get to a hot rod F-150. Limited models aren’t the trucks often going off the beaten path. The 22-inch wheels aren’t what you’d equip to a truck that would get scratched up. We wouldn’t call it a luxury version of the Lightning, but it’s closer to it today that it has been in a long time.

2004 F-150 Lightning Burnout

Looking farther to the future, seeing the Raptor engine used elsewhere (like in this Limited model and in the Lincoln Continental) means Ford is more confident in the durability and longevity of this engine. As it becomes more mainstream, it opens the door for the high-performance Raptor to get even more power to separate itself from the pack.

Since the folks at Ram are building the Rebel TRX, this could mean even more power from an EcoBoost V6, or perhaps even a turbocharged V8? Stranger things certainly have happened.

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Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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