I love the Ford Raptor. It’s a silly truck that I don’t need, but I’d love to own one if I had the coin. Others out there might like the idea of the Raptor powertrain, but don’t wish to drive a Hot Wheels fever dream of a pickup on a daily basis. Ford has a fresh solution and it arrives under the skin of the 2019 F-150 Limited. You can now fit the 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 betwixt the fenders of this fancy Ford.
There’s no word on pricing just yet, but it certainly won’t be cheap. The Limited trim of the F-150 is a pricy 1/2-ton bugger. Typically you’ll find these starting well over $60,000. For the prior model year, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost churned out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty of grunt, but the 2019 getting the Raptor engine is quite a healthy upgrade. Besides the jump in horsepower, you’ll now find 510 lb-ft of torque on tap.
Truck buyers are now basically luxury car buyers, so the price won’t be an issue for well-heeled pickup customers. And more conservative folks will certainly appreciate the toned-down styling afforded with the Limited trim compared to the far more raucous Raptor.
Though there’s a bit more noise offered up up… Ford are fitting the 2019 F-150 Limited with a fresh dual exhaust system. We’re eager to hear the revised tone for ourselves, so stay tuned for a review down the road.
While we’d still take the Baja-ready Raptor over a Limited, it’s pretty cool to see Ford sharing the engine with other F-150 family members.