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Here's everything we know about the upcoming Ford F-150 Raptor R

Ford has confirmed that a more performance-focused version fo the Raptor is on its way.

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When Ford debuted the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor today, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker, the audience was stunned. There was no V8. They had thought there would be one. They were convinced. They were bragging about it to the world.

Was it a let down? Perhaps. But, Ford has a plan. It's name is the Ford F-150 Raptor R.

Ford was able to keep much of the new Raptor's information under wraps until the cover was pulled off on the model. What about the Raptor R? Let's dig in and find out what is and isn't known about the upcoming model.

It will have a V8.

A Ford spokesperson confirmed to Motor Authority that the new Raptor R will be powered by a V8. Naturally aspirated? Turbocharged? Supercharged? They weren't saying anything more, however, Ford rep Mike Levine tweeted an image later giving a clue.

Ford used Metallica's "Enter Sandman" music in promos for the new Raptor, but perhaps the focus on the album artwork here, depicting a snake, could be the subject Levine is alluding to.

In its handbag, Ford has a 760-horsepower supercharged 5.2-liter V8 that is found under the hood of its Mustang Shelby GT500. It would make sense that the company would be looking to put this engine in the Raptor R as the truck's closest competition, the Ram TRX, has a Hellcat-derived power plant that makes over 700 horsepower.

If Ford decides to go with the same engine as is in the Mustang GT500, the question becomes, "Will they mate it to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 10-speed automatic ?" A 10-speed is standard on the 2021 F-150 Raptor.

It will be street legal.

Despite conflicting reports this morning, it has now been confirmed that the Raptor R will be street legal. This means that the truck will have the requisite lighting, signals, and safety equipment to meet government standards for roadworthiness. In other words, it's not a strict desert racing truck for sanctioned events. It will be a vehicle buyers will be able to get from their local dealership.

Expect performance upgrades and maybe a fiercer appearance.

The new Raptor already looks swell, but the Raptor R could look swole. Aside from the (likely) requisite V8 and Raptor R badging, the new model could get a more aggressive front end, perhaps with more skid plate showing. Maybe some colored tow hooks, a roof rack, a light bar, and blacked side mirrors caps? On the tailgate, perhaps a colored "Ford" that matches the tow hooks? They're just thoughts from the AutomotiveMap team, but certainly all a possibility.

The Raptor R won't be here this year.

As American author James Campbell once said, "We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." The twin-turbo V6-powered 2021 Raptor will come first with the V8-engined Raptor R coming in 2022. Will it be a 2022 or 2023 model year vehicle? That remains unclear.

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The Ford Super Duty has a number of additions for the 2022 model year.

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The 2022 Ford Super Duty is benefiting from the redesign of the Ford F-150. The car is getting a number of high-tech upgrades and a new appearance package option for the 2022 model year as well as fresh color schemes for the interior and exterior of the truck. It continues to offer the highest available payload, and max conventional and fifth-wheel towing capacity.

Buyers now have the option of adding a 12-inch infotainment touch screen to their truck with Ford's SYNC 4 infotainment system, which includes cloud connectivity, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. The screen is orientated similarly to how it is positioned in the F-150 - landscape rather than portrait like the Explorer's screen. Information on the screen can be split in half.

Ford switches to a fully digital owner's manual for the 2022 Super Duty. It will save a considerable amount of paper and, in turn, trees.

2022 Ford Super Duty Lariat Tremor with Sport Appearance Pack The 2022 Ford Super Duty Lariat Tremor with Sport Appearance Pack is available with the new, larger 12-inch infotainment touch screen.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

SYNC voice control and a 4.2-inch center screen remains standard on the XL series trucks with SYNC 3 available while an 8-inch center touch screen and SYNC 3 are standard on XLT.

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Ford is also offering the new Lariat Sport Appearance Package to the Super Duty lineup. Buyers who check that box get body-color bumpers, exterior mirrors, and grille, as well as a chrome exhaust tip and black platform running boards.The automaker is also making its popular Black Appearance Package available for XLT models. That group of equipment and features includes 20-inch Ebony Black painted premium wheels, body-color front and rear bumpers, grille bars, and six-inch Ebony Black running boards. Trucks with this package will be available in the autumn of 2021.

Ford will offer Lariat models of the truck with a new Baja colored interior. Limited models get new Navy Pier and Light Slate options, plus a new Atlas Blue exterior color.

2022 Ford Super Duty Limited

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The 2022 Ford Super Duty is built at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. It will be available this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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The Kia Stinger gets a refresh for the 2022 model year.

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When it debuted in 2017, the Kia Stinger was heralded as the beginning of a new generation of high-performing sports sedan. Though sportier than the traditional sedan, the Stinger still hasn't hit the same capability note as its German rivals. It hasn't gotten the same sales numbers either, managing just over 11,000 new car deliveries in 2020.

A few years in now, the Stinger is up for a refresh. Kia is promising "more power, more technology, and a refined design". Expect much of the styling and technology that is in the Kia K5 while increased performance will likely pull the 2022 Stinger solidly ahead of the K5.

2021 Kia Stinger The 2021 Kia Stinger is a sports sedan that doesn't fare well against its German rivals. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia, which shares a Hyundai Motor Group parent company with the Hyundai and Genesis brands, may be a beneficiary of the research that has gone in to Hyundai N and N Line models. The resulting engineering managed to turn the Hyundai Elantra compact car into a hot hatch-like competition and the Sonata into a connected, albeit harsh-riding, sporty sedan. The Hyundai Veloster N is a champion on and off the track.

The Stinger's dimensions are comparable to the BMW M4's. Though the 2021 M4 is only available as a coupe for the 2021 model year and has a price tag around $22,000 more than the Stinger, it delivers a more impassioned drive experience. It gets 473 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. The M4's engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

As part of a generational redesign for the 2022 model year, the BMW M4 saw its power bumped up. The M4 gets 48 more horsepower while its Competition models get a 59-horsepower and 73 pound-feet of torque upgrade over previous Competition package-equipped cars. The 2022 M4 Coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

The Stinger currently has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood that generates 255 horsepower in the base model GT Line trim. The Stinger GT2, the most powerful variant, has a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 tucked under there, generating 365 horsepower. Simply put, Kia has its work cut out for it.

At least it will be unique looking. The Stinger teaser photos distributed by the automaker features headlights that look more like those on the Toyota Supra than on the K5, emphasizing the car's athletic shoulders.

The 2022 Kia Stinger will be fully revealed on March 16.

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