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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor arrives with rear coil springs, 37-inch tires, and $65,840 price tag

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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford revealed the redesigned 2021 F-150 Raptor in February and claimed it’s not only the most capable but also the most connected Raptor yet. Now we know how much it will set you back. The starting price is $65,840, including destination.

Inspired by desert racing trophy trucks, the Ford F-150 Raptor has always been about off-road capability, and the newest Raptor is more capable than ever thanks to a new coil-spring rear suspension, more suspension travel, available 37-inch tires, and the new-generation F-150’s stiffer platform.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

The capability starts with the 2021 F-150’s boxed ladder frame that has been reinforced for the rigors of high-speed off-roading. Up front, it has taller, stronger shock towers and a lower front axle location. At the rear, it gets stronger brackets for the trailing arms, Panhard rod, and shocks, plus a Raptor-specific trailer hitch.

Ford says the new five-link rear coil-spring suspension stabilizes the truck laterally and improves traction to better send power to the rear wheels. It also has 15 inches of rear suspension travel thanks to extra long trailing arms and extra long coil springs. New front suspension parts, including the ball joints, knuckles, and control arms, team with geometry changes to provide 14 inches of front suspension travel.

The Raptor also features new Fox internal bypass shocks with twice the compression control, thicker bodies, a thicker center shaft, nine damping zones, and the ability to adjust 500 times per second. The shocks in Raptors with the available 37-inch tires will be unique and will lose about 1 inch of suspension travel.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Speaking of the 37s, they’ll increase the ground clearance by 1.2 inches, increase the approach angle by 2.3 degrees to 33.1 degrees, and improve the departure angle by 2.2 degrees to 25.1 degrees. You’ll also likely need a stool to climb inside. Other Raptors will have 35-inch tires and all will use BFGoodrich all-terrain TA KO2 tires.

Under the hood, the Raptor will feature the high-output version of Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6. Output has not been announced, but it should improve upon the last-generation’s 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Rumors of a potential V-8 engine could have been spurred by the tougher sound Ford achieved with its new exhaust system, which has four sound modes: Quiet, Normal, Sport, and Baja. However, Ford has confirmed that an upcoming 2022 Raptor R will get a V-8, though we don’t yet know which one. Ford says the 2021 Raptor’s V-6 will deliver better acceleration thanks to the coil spring suspension and provide more than 500 miles of range from its 36-gallon fuel tank.

The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with four-wheel drive with low-range gearing. The truck has standard electronic front and rear locking differentials and is available with a Torsen front limited-slip differential. Max payload is up 200 pounds to 1,400 pounds and max towing also increases 200 pounds to 8,200 pounds.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Drivers will be able to choose from seven drives modes in the Terrain Management System: Slippery, Tow/Haul, Sport, Normal, Off-Road, Baja, and Rock Crawl. Each mode adjusts the damping system, steering feel, throttle mapping and transmission shift points, transfer case behavior, stability control, and exhaust sound, plus the display in the digital gauge cluster.

The Raptor will come standard with Trail Control, an off-road cruise control that can be set from 1-20 mph, and Ford’s Trail One-Pedal Drive system that lets drivers use only the throttle pedal for tricky off-roading and when the foot goes off the throttle the system reads it as a need to brake.

Like other F-150s, the Raptor uses an aluminum body, but this one has fenders that are 6.0 inches wider. The design is new versus the second-generation truck. The lone body style is the SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot bed and a 145.4-inch wheelbase. Parts of the design were inspired by another Raptor, the F22 Raptor fighter plane. They include a hood heat extractor, functional side vents on the front fenders, and one of two available graphics packages. Other elements of the new design include a headlight-to-headlight black mesh grille, a pronounced front skid plate, LED light blades, and available Rigid-brand fog lights.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

Inside, the Raptor gets the Sync 4 infotainment system with a 12.0-inch center touchscreen and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, the aforementioned 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster, available Recaro bucket seats, and standard aluminum and available carbon-fiber trim. Over-the-air updates will keep the infotainment current and could evolve to include things such as sharable trail maps.

The Raptor will come standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of active safety features that include automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts, reverse brake assist, automatic high beams, rear park assist, and a rearview camera with a hitch view.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor is due in dealers this summer.

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Edd China gets a driveable orange back on the road in “Workshop Diaries” episode 6

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Edd China's Outspan Orange

For the latest episode of his “Workshop Diaries” YouTube show, former “Wheeler Dealers” host Edd China starts work on one of his more unusual projects. It’s an Outspan Orange, a fruit-shaped vehicle built in the 1970s to promote a South African orange grower.

China acquired his driveable Orange directly from the company, restored it, and has driven it occasionally ever since. Because it’s been acting up recently, China puts aside his other projects temporarily to focus on it in Episode 6.

The Orange is based on a classic Mini, though with a tiny 48-inch wheelbase that matches the track. Owing to the unusual bodywork, the engine sits under the dashboard. So if it breaks down at the side of the road, China will be sheltered from the weather while working on it, at least. The spherical interior has a definite ’70s vibe, with a smattering of Mini gauges and controls.

Edd China’s Outspan Orange

After removing a bird’s nest from the engine compartment, China finds a leaking fuel line. Fixing that smooths out the previously rough-running engine, seemingly addressing the problem, but because the Orange had been sitting for awhile, China also replaces the air filter and the spark plugs.

The work gets the car back on the road—a dirt road in this instance—and a short test drive reveals plenty of other problems, including a hesitant engine, a bearing in need of replacement, and steering that pulls dangerously to the right. China plans to tackle those issues in future episodes, so instead he segues into a segment answering viewers’ questions, which in turn leads him to briefly pop the hood of his ongoing Land Rover Range Rover project to make the sure the engine has oil pressure.

This episode also continues the story of the world’s fastest electric ice cream van, which China started building in 2018 for a successful Guinness World Record run. He started out with a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and has spent the past few episodes focusing on how he got the stock transmission to couple with an electric motor. That continues in this episode, where China discusses machining down the flywheel to save weight, and machining an adapter to allow the motor to fit with the transmission. That leads to the next issue, which is the need for a bellhousing of sorts. The finished product will certainly be included in a future episode.

Watch the full episode for a complete explanation of the processes China uses to work on all three of his ongoing projects.

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2022 Genesis G70 Launch Edition limited to 500 units

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Teaser for 2022 Genesis G70 wagon

Genesis has thoroughly updated its G70 for the 2022 model year, giving the small sport sedan a new look, more refined cabin, and unfortunately a more streamlined transmission offering. There’s now just an 8-speed automatic as the previous manual option has been dropped.

For early buyers, Genesis is offering a special Launch Edition limited to just 500 units. It comes in an exclusive matte finish known as Obsidian Black, and the interior is decked out in a delicious red leather with diamond stitching. The car is also fitted with 19-inch wheels.

Genesis hasn’t mentioned a powertrain. G70 buyers have two powertrain options to choose from. The standard option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 rated at 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Buyers seeking more performance are able to opt for a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. As mentioned above, the only transmission is an 8-speed automatic.

The 2022 G70 starts sales this summer priced from $38,570, including destination. Genesis hasn’t said how much the Launch Edition will cost.

In other markets, Genesis will also offer a wagon body style. The G70 wagon, previewed here in a teaser shot, is due soon. Its arrival will coincide with Genesis’ launch in Europe this summer, where premium wagons sell in significant numbers.

Teaser for 2022 Genesis G70 wagon

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Street truck returns May 19 with electric power

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2001 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning

Ford will call the upcoming battery-electric version of its top-selling F-150 pickup truck the F-150 Lightning, the automaker said on Monday.

The zero-emission pickup will be revealed on May 19 ahead of the sales launch in mid-2022. The date of the showroom appearance points to the F-150 Lightning arriving as a 2023 model.

The name of course comes from the F-150 SVT Lightning street truck that was launched for 1993 and lasted two generations. Ford later filled the void with the off-road-oriented F-150 Raptor.

Electric connotations aside, the Lightning name is fitting considering the new F-150 Lightning will also be positioned as a street truck rather than an off-roader or serious workhorse, with Ford promising it will be more powerful than any F-150 to date.

2001 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning

Ford has been tight-lipped on details but we know the F-150 Lightning will come with a dual-motor powertrain, helping it to deliver traction. It will also accelerate quicker than any F-150 to date and have the ability to tow heavy trailers. Ford last June used a prototype to tow 10 double-decker train cars weighing a combined one million pounds.

Other new attributes F-150 Lightning owners can look forward to over the regular truck include a front trunk (a.k.a. a frunk), less frequent maintenance, and a power take-off. Ford has said the pickup will be able to power a home during an outage. It will also be a high-tech ride, with Ford promising digital aspects. One we know of is constant improvements via over-the-air updates.

Ford F-150 electric teaser

Ford F-150 electric teaser

Production of the electric F-150 will start next spring at Ford’s Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan, which has been churning out Ford pickups since 1948. The automaker is spending over $700 million at the plant to prepare it for the F-150 Lightning, as well as the hybrid F-150 PowerBoost which recently went into production at the plant.

When it arrives, the F-150 Lightning will already have a lot of competition. Some of the electric pickup trucks that should be at dealerships by the time the Ford arrives include the GMC Hummer EV and Rivian R1T. The Tesla Cybertruck and Lordstown Endurance may also be available by the F-150 Lightning’s mid-2022 arrival date. Stay tuned.

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