Such an otherworldly and thirsty truck perfectly matches Dwayne Johnson, a known Ford fan. True Blue Oval enthusiasts and followers of the charismatic public figure will remember that the Dearborn-based automaker and The Rock worked together on a paid campaign to promote servicing your Ford vehicle at… Well, Ford!
His positive attitude, unwavering optimism, spontaneity, and dedication to looking good and living healthy at 51 inspire many. But these traits also match him perfectly with the outlandish F-150 Raptor R. You don't know what's hiding underneath. Still, you sure understand, even with just a glance, that it's a good-looking vehicle and start suspecting it's capable of doing its thing.
Unlike when The Rock agreed to promote Ford's service centers, no ambassadorship-specific stuff was taking place this time. Jim Farley himself confirmed it. The retired professional wrestler just wanted to take delivery of his new F-150 Raptor R, and the timeline coincided with the CEO's visit at the Galpin Ford dealership, one of the automaker's sales champions.
Farley drove there in an all-electric F-150 Lightning. The executive is meeting with people, fans, dealers, partners, and potential customers to talk about the transition from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to zero-tailpipe emission ones and to see what challenges people face regarding emission-free motoring. So far, he has discovered that DC charging can be quite challenging.
The executive said it was great "meeting The Rock and talking about his love of Ford" and promised more to come. Maybe there's another partnership brewing!
That last part made some people online think that The Rock was paid for this short intervention, but Jim Farley immediately said that wasn't the case. It was probably just a slip-up because he also told Ford workers that they are "the backbone" of the US.
If you're interested in owning the same pickup truck as Dwayne Johnson, you should know that its starting cost is $109,250 – over three times more expensive than the entry-level Ford F-150 XL. Moreover, dealers might charge prospective buyers a markup because it's such an iconic and powerful vehicle.
One Raptor R we found on a popular selling car site was available for a hefty price of $159,490. That's $30,000 more than a BMW X5 M Competition, just to put it better into perspective.
For those not willing to splurge on a gas-guzzler, the friendlier V6-powered Raptor is available. It may miss two cylinders, but it has the famous trombone resonator. That makes it sound cool enough, especially when you look at the Monroney label and see that a "bare-boned" version costs just $76,775 before taxes and options. Moreover, it gets an EPA-rated fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
Now, watch The Rock's message and do not hesitate to tell us what you think about it below.
You never know who you'll run into on the road... @TheRock picked up his new truck from @galpinford and had a special message for the @Ford + @UAW team back in Dearborn. Thanks, DJ! #BuiltFordProud pic.twitter.com/LZvvIBmUVw— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) August 14, 2023