The front axle has been strengthened – not just to cope with harder knocks but also the V8’s extra torque – while the driveshaft has been swapped for a bespoke, wider aluminium item.

Meanwhile, the trailing arms for the five-link rear suspension have been extended to “better maintain axle positions on rough terrain”, while the 24in springs and Fox live-valve shocks are tuned for improved ride quality and roll control.

The front axle has 13in of suspension travel, while the rear has a massive 14.1in – and 37in tyres are standard fitment. Meanwhile, the 10-speed automatic gearbox has been retuned to better exploit the huge loads running through it, and the torque converter is similarly modified for improved torque transfer and “a smoother powertrain feel”.

The styling makeover is aimed at promoting the R’s more extreme performance and characteristics. It’s marked out from the ‘standard’ Raptor by way of a more aggressive power dome, black trim details and ‘R’ badging throughout, as well as a bespoke decal design at the rear.

Orders for the Raptor R have opened in the US ahead of production starting later this year. There is no indication that Ford is planning to export the super-truck to any other global markets.



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