Ford F-150 RTR: The Boosted V8 Everyone Wants

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F-150 RTR Concept

Tired of the Ecoboost V6 getting all the love? The supercharged, V8-powered F-150 RTR is your real life remedy.

Ever since Ford rolled out the Ecoboost V6 in its best-selling F-150, V8 fans have felt left in the cold. For the first time in the F-150’s illustrious history, the traditional range topping engine option was no longer a V8. Rubbing salt in the wound, the 2nd gen 3.5-liter Ecoboost produces a 5.0-liter besting 470 lb-ft of torque. The Coyote now pumps out 25 more hp, but that’s not much of a consolation prize. Especially when it’s virtually impossible to find one on dealer lots these days.

F-150 RTR Concept

But fear not V8 fans, because the F-150 RTR Concept is here to sooth those Ecoboost-induced wounds. And if that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve already seen RTR’s dealer-installed performance packs for the Mustang. Now, the semi-official performance division marrying Ford and world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. is turning its attention to trucks.

F-150 RTR Concept

The F-150 RTR Concept was unveiled, fittingly, at the world famous SEMA show this week in Las Vegas. Based on a 2018 Lariat SuperCrew 4×4, the concept is said to produce in excess of 600 horsepower. At this point, how it does so is mostly a mystery. But RTR did say that the truck packs a supercharger and MagnaFlow exhaust. We’re guessing it didn’t need much else to crest that impressive number.

F-150 RTR Concept

The F-150 RTR won’t just be relegated to street duty, either. Suspension mods include goodies like upgraded rear dampers and long-travel coilovers, a heavy-duty rear axle, new springs, Currie Enterprises full floating hubs, and extended double wishbones. Rolling stock consists of RTR Tech 6 wheels wrapped in Nitto Ridge Grappler tires.

F-150 RTR Concept

RTR obviously didn’t ignore the looks of this beastly creation. Fender flares make room for the beefy tires, and a Mustang RTR-esque grille looks pretty awesome. And unlike most SEMA off-roaders, this one isn’t jacked up to the sky with some ridiculous lift. Instead, it hugs the ground like some kind of menacing Ecoboost eater. Which, obviously, it is.

F-150 RTR Concept

As of now, RTR isn’t talking price or when we’ll be able to buy these awesome goodies. But expect to hear something soon. And if you’re a V8 guy, get your trash talking points ready!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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