Ford’s choice of putting a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 in the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor made some fans cringe. Even so, you can’t argue with numbers and the result is that it easily beats the V8 Raptor. Put a 2017 Raptor up against a last-generation model in a drag race, and the popular V8-powered truck doesn’t stand a chance.
Drag Racing The Old & New SVT Raptor
The guys over at FastLaneTruck.com demonstrated just how powerful the EcoBoost powertrain is in a simple drag race. Setting the new Raptor truck up against its older V8 version seemed like an obvious bet. However, although the V8 sounded meaner, the six-cylinder left it in the dust.
Some may argue that the drag race from The Fast Lane Truck is not entirely fair because the 2017 Raptor used is a smaller and lighter SuperCab up against a four-door 2014 SuperCrew. Even so, it is without a doubt that the four-door 2017 Raptor would still be the clear winner in a race between the two. The main goal in this video was to see just how much further the new Raptor would get in a head-to-head drag race on their towing loop and a 0-60 mph acceleration test.
The all-new Raptor may be missing a couple of cylinders, but it is certainly not down on horsepower or torque. The 2017 F-150 Raptor makes a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque; that is an increase of 39 HP and 76 TQ from the previous 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft.
The new Raptor also has two more inches of clearance over the previous generation, as well as two additional inches at the front and rear suspension. Ford also paired the Raptor’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic gearbox to keep the twin-turbo engine in its power band.
Its aluminum construction, as opposed to the previous steel body, gives the new model a 500-pound weight reduction over its predecessor. It also helps the off road hero achieve 16mpg in overall fuel economy – a 23 percent improvement.
While its displacement may be smaller in comparison with the 6.2-liter V8 from the first-gen Raptor, the output of the new truck is higher. The newfound power and lighter weight combination make the F-150 Raptor a joy to ride and a clear winner in terms of numbers. The Platinum model V6 Crew Cab did reached 0-60mph in 6.23 seconds. According to TFL, it is the fastest accelerating truck that they have ever tested.
We can all agree that many considered anything other than a V8 engine in a pickup to be blasphemy. Perhaps a narrow-minded way of thinking, but it was difficult to say that a V6 truck was a symbol of the heavy duty American trucks we all love. However, you can’t argue with less weight and more boost to get the job done (and even better in some ways). Sure the V8 has the noise enthusiasts desire, but the V6 can walk the walk.
Does the new Raptor completely destroy the old one? Which would you rather drive? Comment your thoughts below!