The 2022 F-150 Raptor: Miami’s “Bad To The Bone” Street King

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Love the Raptor. Fear the Raptor.

The Miami/Ft. Lauderdale market ranks among the nation’s highest in sales of Ford’s mighty F-150 Raptor.

UPDATE: In addition to the top-dog 2022 F-150 Raptor — the new 2022 Raptor R will debut this year, hitting the streets with a 700-plus-hp supercharged V-8. But with a new generation of powerful electric trucks on the runway, the 2022 Raptors may be among the last of the internal combustion supertrucks.

The Biggest. The Baddest.

We here in the tropics love the Raptor. South Florida ranks among the top ten markets in the U.S. in terms of overall Raptor sales. The average F-150 is certainly a brilliantly designed and meticulously built vehicle, but the Raptor is a different animal. A wild animal.

The upcoming 2022 F-150 Raptor is a true beast, ready to zoom smoothly down the Palmetto Expressway — or deftly climb a freaking mountain in the Smokies with its brutish  6.2 L, 450-hp twin-turbo V-6 — punishingly powerful and quick, with 434 lb-feet of torque. All with an interior that’s comfortable as heck and chock full of impressive technology.

For 2022, Ford has taken what is, by my estimation, the most beautifully designed pickup on God’s green Earth, and intensified its aggressive stance, added a tougher powertrain, enhanced its chassis to endure more punishment in muddy, rocky, and sandy environments. The Raptor is the biggest and baddest F-150 money can buy.

The design of the new 2022 Ford Raptor is awe inspiring. From its huge bonnet, oversized rectangular radiator grille to its headlights — it’s all Raptor. The image of a strong, courageous pickup truck is bolstered by the front bumper, dominated by a space-age design. Inflated wheel arches, large rectangular mirrors with repeaters and huge side windows add to the overall beauty of this truck.

Under its new hood design, which now features a prominent heat extractor, is the familiar high-output version of Ford’s 450-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. It breathes through a new 3.0-inch exhaust system. The engine still pairs with a paddle-shifted 10-speed automatic transmission that feeds all four wheels through a standard all-wheel-drive system.

The 2022 F-150 Raptor is only offered with a crew-cab body style called SuperCrew. While there are a variety of individual options and packages, we’d recommend the comprehensive 801A High package that is made up of several other packages and includes features such as a 4.10 front-axle ratio, an 18-speaker B&O sound system, an interior work surface, a heated steering wheel, high-tech trailering assists, upgraded headlights, wireless charging, and more. The only other option we’d suggest is the Power Tech pack that, most notably, includes a 2-kW ProPower onboard generator.

The Upcoming Raptor R

The Raptor R is reportedly utilizing the supercharged V-8 from the Mustang Shelby GT500, making more than 700 horsepower. The Raptor R will take on the 702-hp Ram 1500 TRX.

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