Ford F-150 Raptor to ditch rear leaf springs?
Spy shots suggest the truck will finally adopt rear coil springs.
Ford is apparently testing a new suspension configuration for the next-generation F-150.
Spy photos posted by Truck Trend appear to show a test mule shrouded in the current-generation Raptor's body. Notably absent are the rear leaf springs that have been standard across the F-150 lineup for decades, including the flagship Raptor.
The presence of a Panhard bar and pivot bolt is interpreted as further evidence that the pickup will get a five-link rear suspension setup.
It is unclear if the five-link, coil-sprung suspension is being tested for all F-150 models or just the Raptor. The latter could benefit from additional suspension travel and a higher level of tuning refinement both on pavement and for jumping dunes in the desert.
The next-generation F-150 is not expected to arrive until the 2021 model year at the earliest.