Which one of the is faster? This is a question as old as the automobile itself. In this case, it’s the 2015 Ford F-150 2.7L EcoBoost versus the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
In one corner is the Ram Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4×4 – powered by a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 with 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm. The Ram is makes use of a relatively low 3.92 rear axle ratio.
In the other corner, the Ford F-150 Super Cab Lariat 4×4 with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6. The smallest displacement engine available in a full-size pickup truck. This turbocharged gasoline burner produces 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm. The Ford makes due with a 3.55 rear axle.
On paper, the Ram should get a jump on the Ford early-on with gobs of low-end torque. The Ford should then outrun the opponent with 85 more horses. We decided to do a short drag race at the Colorado National Speedway to see for ourselves.
This fight is not all fair, as we have a Ford Super Cab 4×4 against the big Ram Crew Cab. A Super Crew F-150 was not available for testing. Still, there are many other differences between these trucks. The big one is that the Ford is focused on lighter weight with an all-aluminum body. While the Ram is penalized by a heavier weight of the diesel engine.
Each have their own pros and cons. The EcoDiesel does better on efficiency (see highway MPG test) due to inherent properties of the diesel. And the EcoBoost feels lighter and quicker.
Watch this 0-60 MPH TFLtruck video to see the new champion.