With the Ram 1500 TRX assumed to reach with a V8 making oodles of energy, Ford’s F-150 Raptor might spherical out the 12 months with egg on its face. In 2017, the Blue Oval ditched the mannequin’s 6.2-liter V8 for a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and added a quartet of gears  pissing some die-hard followers of the mannequin proper off. Baja boys bemoaned the choice to place a extra sophisticated motor right into a automobile that’s designed to be abused largely off-road, whereas others had been simply mad they had been lacking out on that V8 sound. Nevertheless, most of those that weren’t obsessive about SVT badging agreed the adjustments hadn’t ruined the truck and that the second-gen suspension upgrades in the end made for a greater off-road automobile.

That stated, Ram dumping a mannequin onto the market that targets the identical viewers, and with a V8 on board, is unhealthy information for Ford. Nevertheless it doesn’t should be, particularly if the noises we hear coming from the tailpipes of the most recent check mule are what some listeners declare.

On Friday, F150Gen14 shared a video clip of a camouflaged F-Sequence pickup (h/t The Drive) sounding as if it’s packing a V8 beneath the hood. The footage options genuinely horrible audio all through, however there are a number of moments the place you may hear the automobile draw back clearly (particularly with headphones) and it doesn’t sound just like the inventory V6.

We already know Ford plans to equip some 14th technology F-150s with the model’s 395-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, so it’s completely believable the corporate hurried to whip one thing collectively for the Raptor as soon as they knew Ram pulled the set off on the TRX. However the outlet recommended that is to be the 2021 mannequin 12 months Raptor, regardless of Ford beforehand telling us the unit would take a 12 months off. That was earlier than leaked information, in addition to some useful VIN decoding that made it appear as if the pickup really can be with us in 2021  presumably outfitted with a hybridized gas-electric V6.

Nonetheless, that looks like a whole lot of sophisticated parts (and weight) to place right into a truck whose biggest energy is flying off sand dunes. There’s a lot to take a position about right here, however we’re largely all in favour of borrowing your ears to assist us determined climate we’re listening to a V8 within the video, or if Ford simply outfitted the truck with a trick exhaust to maintain everybody guessing.

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