Even Ford’s Quickest New Truck Is No Match for the Rivian R1T

Ford is rolling out the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R. The F-150 Raptor R is the quickest version of the popular nameplate. The new truck is incredibly fast thanks to its V8 engine, but it’s still no match for the quickest truck on the market.

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is fast, but it still isn’t the fastest

A white 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is driving in the sand.
The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R | Ford

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The idea of a pickup truck being quicker than the new 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is both exciting and terrifying. Advances in technology have opened up a whole new world for automakers. For the right price, drivers can purchase pickup trucks that are quicker than performance sedans and coupes.

The Raptor trim emerged back in 2009 as the Ford F-150 Raptor SVT. The first Raptor was a performance truck that excelled at drag racing. Today, the Raptor has evolved into an off-road pickup truck that also happens to be incredibly quick.

The Raptor R is the quickest of the F-150 Raptor models thus far. Its main rival is the Ram 1500 TRX. The TRX is a capable truck that is powered by the mighty Hellcat engine. Ford’s Raptor wasn’t nearly as powerful as the TRX until the Blue Oval finally unleashed the Raptor R.

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is impressive. It uses a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that makes 700 horsepower. The Raptor R may be a force to be reckoned with, but another truck exists that makes the new Raptor model almost look average.

The 2022 Rivian R1T Launch Edition is insanely quick

A green 2022 Rivian R1T is on a hill.
The 2022 Rivian R1T is on a hill | Rivian

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If you’re having a conversation about performance pickup trucks, can you really leave out the R1T? Whether you hate or love electric vehicles, Rivian’s pickup, America’s first electric truck, has undeniable power.

The R1T Launch Edition makes a whopping 835 horsepower using its quad motor electric powertrain. That’s 135 more horses than the new Raptor R. The Launch Edition flies from 0-60 miles per hour in around 3.3 seconds. Brace to avoid whiplash. Launching the Rivian R1T Launch Edition is an unparalleled experience.

Sure, the R1T may not look as aggressive as the Raptor R, but make no mistake, this truck is quick. It also does well off-road. According to MotorTrend, the Rivian R1T uses an adjustable air suspension to get an incredible 14.5 inches.

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R vs. 2022 Rivian R1T Launch Edition

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor | Ford

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The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R’s V8 engine isn’t anything to sneeze at, but it’s clear that the automotive industry is entering a new era of performance. Electric motors can produce incredible power, and they happen to be great for off-road vehicles.

According to Road and Track, the F-150 Raptor R starts at $109,145. The Rivian R1T Launch Edition starts at $85,000, but it’s the quicker truck. If you had to choose between the two models, Rivian’s truck offers more value for the money according to specs. That doesn’t make the new Raptor R any less breathtaking.

Read more about the Rivian R1T Launch Edition in the next article below.

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