Ford F-150 RTR: The Boosted V8 Everyone Wants
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!