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Ford‘s example of a high-performance, desert-bashing Baja 1000 truck for the road has always fetched a pretty penny. The 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor started around the $70,000 mark, but shoppers struggled to find any without dealer markups. For the 2023 model year, the Raptor will experience a big jump in price, but it’s not because of inflation. As well, the fully-loaded model will carry an even more eye-watering MSRP.

What comes standard on the new Ford Raptor?

A red Ford Big Raptor truck.
Ford F-150 Raptor | Ford Media Center

The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor will be significantly more expensive than its predecessor model because of one simple modification. Ford Authority reported that the Detroit automotive giant was nixing the 800A Standard Equipment Group. Therefore, the 801A High Equipment Group is now the least expensive option.

The price for a standard Raptor was $70,555 with the 800A kit, whereas the 801A group costs $75,775. Of course, this doesn’t include the $1,795 destination fee. Moreover, those were prices listed in July. According to Ford, the sticker has jumped $1,000 to $76,775. Including the destination fee, that brings a standard 2023 Raptor up to $78,570.

What comes with the price increase?

Ford’s price increase does have its upsides. The 801A High Equipment Group includes many more amenities Raptor buyers will enjoy. On the outside, the 2023 Raptor gets rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED projector headlights, and a brand-embossed tailgate graphic.

Inside, the cabin becomes more luxurious. Drivers get a heated steering wheel and a power tilt and telescoping steering column with memory function. A wireless charging pad and a universal garage door opener are thrown in front, too. The 801A group also features Ford’s Forward Sensing System to assist with parallel parking. Moreover, passengers in the back can now experience second-row heated seats. Yet, everyone in the truck can enjoy the 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen Unleashed sound system.

The 801A High Equipment Group also includes the Torsen Package, adding a Torsen front differential and Rigid LED fog lights. It also features built-in navigation, lockable storage compartments, the Tow Technology Package, and Ford’s Interior Work Surface with the Convenience Package. However, that’s only the “base” Raptor.

How much is a 2023 F-150 Raptor with a few options?

A few options can be selected to keep a Raptor relatively “cheap.” For example, exterior graphics, a moonroof, a tonneau cover, carbon fiber accents, an in-vehicle safe, and wheel locks, among others. The slight specs increase the price to $86,490.

This may seem steep to many pickup truck shoppers. However, the high five-figure sum also includes a cigarette lighter, which isn’t factory installed anymore. If customers want a little more bite out of their Raptor, it will undoubtedly take a chunk out of their wallets.

The top-of-the-line Raptor R

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Riding Down a Sand Dune
2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R | Ford

If shoppers are willing to remortgage their homes, even better options are available on the 2023 Raptor. The big one is the Raptor R Package. The group includes a wide array of graphics, “Code Orange” colored accents, bead-lock wheels, RECARO bucket seats, and tow hooks. But the pièce de résistance is the engine.

The typical F-150 Raptor comes with the third-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The powerplant is good enough for 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, Ford says the engine has high-power cooling fans to “ensure intense off-roading sessions never end too early.”

Powering the Raptor R is the supercharged 5.2-liter Predator V8 engine previously seen in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The forced induction will give customers 700 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque to play with on any terrain. The immense power, however, does come at a price.

Including the $80 cigarette lighter and ashtray, the 2023 F-150 Raptor with the Raptor R Package is $114,830. At least the sticker from Ford includes the destination fee.

Should you buy a fully-loaded 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor?

If you’re looking for a wildly unnecessary off-road-inspired pickup truck to drive to your office, there are only two choices. Apart from the F-150 Raptor, the only option with a bulging hood and flared wheel arches is the Ram TRX. It does have the Raptor beat on power, two hp and ten lb-ft of torque more. At $110,795 plus destination, it’s less expensive than the Raptor and comparable in virtually every way.

Yes, both are expensive. But if you’re looking at either of these trucks, price doesn’t really matter, does it? Regardless, if you want something that could have participated in the Battle of 73 Easting but also fetch children from soccer practice, the Raptor is the best bet. At roughly $1,951 per month, it’s either a Raptor R or a three-bedroom house in most of America.


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