Future Raptor Could Feature New Super Duty 7.3-liter V8
Many consumers want a new Raptor with a V8 and the new 7.3-liter gasoline engine seems perfect.
Ford Motor Company introduced the new 2020 Super Duty lineup at the Chicago Auto Show with a host of new features, but the key feature for this discussion is the all-new 7.3-liter V8 gasoline engine. The new F-250 and F-350 are still offered with the 6.2-liter gasoline V8 as the base engine and there is, of course, the PowerStroke diesel V8 is still the premium engine option, but for 2020, those buyers who want something stronger than the 6.2-liter gas engine can pick the new 7.3-liter V8.
Best of all, while speaking with Ford’s Mike Levine at the Chicago Auto Show, Motor Authority learned that this new V8 could fit in the engine bay of both the current F-150 and the Mustang. In other words, the new Super Duty premium gasoline engine could be used in the half-ton trucks and that could lead to a Raptor powered by the massive 7.3-liter V8.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any power numbers on any of the 2020 Super Duty engines, but based on comments made by Ford, we can make some guesses as to what to expect from the 7.3-liter gasoline V8. Ford expects that this engine will be the most powerful gasoline engine in the class. Right now, the 6.4-liter Hemi from the Ram Heavy Duty lineup offers the most power with 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 offers 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, so if this new 7.3-liter mill was tuned to deliver similar volumetric efficiency, it would offer around 455 horsepower and 507 lb-ft of torque.
Mind you, those numbers are purely speculative and in the long run, Ford only needs to beat 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque to make the new 7.3-liter V8 the most powerful gasoline engine in the class.
Now, imagine for a second that the 7.3-liter gasoline V8 in the 2020 Super Duty offers 455 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque when tuned for optimal towing and hauling performance. If that same engine was offered in a half-ton truck, it would almost certainly have a unique tune that yielded better all-around performance with less focus on working abilities.
For example, the last V8 Raptor had a 6.2-liter V8 that delivered 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.2-liter Super Duty engine offers 385 horsepower, 430 lb-ft of torque and a power curve that makes for a better low-end work horse whereas the F-150 6.2 pulls harder on the top end.
If the 7.3-liter V8 was tuned for the Raptor in a similar fashion to the 6.2-liter, those numbers of 455 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque could jump up into the range of 500 horsepower and 515 lb-ft of torque. That would make it more powerful than the 3.5-liter EcoBoost in the current Raptor while also giving so many prospective buyers the V8-powered off-road performance truck that they want.
Again, this is all speculation based on what Ford has done with similarly-sized engines being shared between the F-150 and Super Duty lineup, but this new 7.3-liter V8 could be a gasoline engine that could serve as an appropriate stablemate to the high-output EcoBoost.