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Motor Trend wrote a quick little article of what they think a F-150 Lightning Raptor would be like.
I don't know about the $75,000 price tag but I don't think they're far off with the performance numbers.
Future Cars: Ford F-150 Lightning Raptor Is the EV Off-Road Truck We Want
The competition doesn’t slow down, and the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck can’t, either.
WHAT IT IS: A performance version of the Ford F-150 Lightning full-size electric pickup truck, bringing the Raptor name and high-speed desert-racing chops into Ford's electric future.
WHY IT MATTERS: Raptor has been a boon for the F-150 lineup, boosting sales and image ever since Ford introduced the Baja-inspired truck in 2010. So why wouldn't you take the hot F-150 Lightning and give it the Raptor treatment to keep things sizzling—once Ford catches up with all the orders for the regular Lightning? F-Series is Ford's crown jewel, and even though the Lightning has great performance as is, competition is fierce. Indeed, bragging rights are most ferocious among truck owners, which means Ford needs even greater performance specs in the future to retain segment leadership.
PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Given the huge demand that will take time to satisfy for the initial Lightning, Ford can afford to wait for the next generation of the full-size electric pickup on a new, dedicated EV platform designed to accommodate a Raptor. Ford can also afford to wait because the Lightning has already been tuned to produce 580 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque, which means it outmuscles the current third-generation Raptor, which has a 450-hp, 510-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6.
This might make you wonder why Lighting needs a higher-performing Raptor at all, especially with the V-8-fired Raptor R in the interim, a gas-burning truck designed to take on the 702-hp, 650-lb-ft Ram 1500 TRX. But a Lightning Raptor will have to ward off a growing number of electric pickups with impressive specs. To wear the Raptor name, the Lightning needs to follow the recipe of the first two generations, which means muscular flared fenders, albeit applied to the Lightning's more aero-focused body. Expect distinctive headlight and grille designs and suspension modifications to make the truck desert-capable, including more wheel travel and Fox dampers.
Ford also has another all-new electric F-Series planned. The company is most likely going smaller—Ford CEO Jim Farley has ruled out an electric F-250, F-350, or F-450 for now. Most logical is a midsize F-100, the size of a Ford Ranger, which is in a segment that continues to gain popularity. At some point there will also be an electric version of the Ford Maverick, the car-based small lifestyle pickup available now with a hybrid powertrain. But we think this is all further out, given its role as an affordable, entry-level vehicle for the brand that no longer has entry-level cars. After all, the Maverick has the least in common with the body-on-frame full-size F-Series family; the car-based truck uses the same platform as the Ford Bronco Sport and Escape. Ford has said it will make the next generation of electric F-Series trucks in 2025 at Blue Oval City, a new manufacturing complex being constructed in Stanton, Tennessee.
ESTIMATED PRICE: $75,000
EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: 2025