Many assumed the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R would use the GT500’s dual-clutch, but that apparently isn’t the case.
For some time now, we’ve known that the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will be powered by FoMoCo’s supercharged 5.2-liter Predator V8. It’s been the worst kept secret in the automotive world, in fact, one on clear display via a series of leaks and teasers over the past couple of months. However, many also assumed that the Raptor R will utilize the Mustang Shelby GT500’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission as well, because, well, it is also Predator powered. However, according to Ford Authority, that isn’t the case, and the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will instead come equipped with a beefed-up version of Ford’s 10-speed automatic gearbox.
The reasoning for this is fairly simple – the dual clutch isn’t a proven truck transmission, and the 10-speed is. The latter has been used in the F-150 for quite a few years now, as well as various other applications, and we know that it can handle truck stuff like towing and hauling. Regardless, since the F-150 Raptor R is slated to crank out at least 750 horsepower, Ford also wanted to beef it up, and that’s precisely what they’ve done.
When tweaking the 10-speed’s Advanced Powertrain Control Software, Ford reportedly used the Camaro ZL1 – also equipped with the gearbox, which was co-developed by Ford and GM – as a benchmark. The automaker says that the Raptor R’s version of the transmission is the quickest-shifting ever, which is why so many have mistook it for the dual clutch. In addition to that updated calibration, the beefed-up 10-speed has been treated to a 260mm torque converter with a heavy-duty turbine damper, a heavy-duty rear output assembly with PTFE washers, and a four-pinion gear carrier for strength.
All of this should help fortify the venerable 10-speed for use in the supercharged V8-powered pickup, which is a good thing given the fact that owners are bound to romp on it every chance they get. After all, this thing sounds absolutely wicked, so we’d personally have a hard time not dialing up that pleasing sound every chance we get. Given the fact that it’s likely going to be pretty pricey, we imagine that Raptor R owners can afford the gas required to do so, too.