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The 2023 Ford Raptor R gets 10 mpg, and we don't care!

2022-11-17

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The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in North America for more than 40 years. Therefore, it means you cannot take a drive without seeing one, and there are good chances you are sitting in one right now. Fuel efficiency is one of the most important things to most buyers, which is why most F-150 variations are fuel efficient. However, the Raptor R is no regular F-150, and the fuel consumption is probably at the bottom of the concern list for buyers, which is a good thing. The Raptor R gets 10 miles per gallon on a good day, with the wind in its back and going down a hill. This is equivalent to 23.5 L/100 km for you, my Canadian fellows.  

 

  • The 2023 Ford Raptor R gets 10 mpg city and 15 mpg highway
  • Its 5.2 liter supercharged V8 produces 700 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque
  • Prices start at $109,149 US

 

The 2023 Raptor R is the latest and meanest addition to the F-150's family. What sets it apart from the regular Raptor is the fact it is powered by a supercharged V8 instead of a twin-turbo V6. Fans have awaited this Raptor version since the second generation came out with the EcoBoost engine. Don't get me wrong; the regular Raptor is a phenomenal truck to drive, and its off-road capabilities are biblical. However, there is nothing like the roar of a winning supercharged V8.

 

EPA Officials' Numbers

 

Car manufacturers can say what they want about fuel efficiency, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) always has the last word. After its testing, the EPA finally released the official numbers for the 2023 Raptor R with 10 mpg city and 15 mpg highway. In comparison, the regular Raptor gets 15 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.

 

The Raptor Family

 

In its standard configuration, the Ford F-150 Raptor is powered by a 3.5 EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, making 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque which is already very impressive. The Raptor R gets a supercharged 5.2 liter V8 producing 700 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque. Both trucks use the ten-speed automatic transmission and get a 4x4 drivetrain as standard.

 

Better than the TRX?

 

Although they are similar on paper, the Raptor R and the RAM TRX are very different machines. This is the main reason why I think Ford didn't bother to surpass the RAM TRX numbers, which are pretty impressive as well. The TRX is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 producing 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. This is only 2 hp and 10 lb-ft of torque, more than the Raptor R. Regarding fuel efficiency, the RAM TRX managed to do even worse than the Raptor R with a 14 mpg city. Of course, the TRX is slightly heavier than the Raptor R, which can explain why it is such a gas guzzler.

 

At the end of the day, any of this doesn't matter for buyers since the TRX, and the Raptor R are more like toys than regular vehicles. Therefore, anything money related is far less important than the driving experience and the exclusivity.

 

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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