Ford's choice of a twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 instead of a V-8 for the latest generation of F-150 Raptor made some fans wince, but you can't argue with the results. Put a 2017 Raptor up against a last-generation 2014 model in a drag race, and the old V-8-powered truck doesn't even stand a chance.[contentlinks align='left' textonly='false' numbered='false' headline='Related%20Story' customtitles='The%20Ford%20Raptor%20Is%20a%20Nissan%20GT-R%20for%20Off-Roading' customimages='' content='article.31842']
The Ecoboost-powered truck be down on cylinders, but it's not down on horsepower or torque. The twin-turbo F-150 Raptor makes 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, increases of 39 and 76, respectively, over the old Raptor. Ford also mated the Raptor's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic gearbox to keep the engine right in its power band, and thanks to aluminum construction, the new model is around than its predecessor.
This drag-race video from The Fast Lane Truck isn't an entirely fair comparison, though. Most notably the 2017 Raptor featured here is a smaller, lighter SuperCab, up against a four-door 2014 SuperCrew. But a four-door 2017 Raptor would still be the clear winner here.
So, the new Raptor might not have a V-8, but it's no compromise in terms of acceleration.