• Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ford F-150 3.5L Twin Turbo Drag Race: V6 vs V8 Mile High Smack Down

    The 2014 Ford F-150 Raptor was the last light duty Ford pickup truck that you could buy with the big 6.2L V8. Ford says that the V8 rumble does not matter as much today because the new 2016 Ford F-150 3.5L V6 comes with not one, but two turbos. It’s just as powerful and less thirsty. In fact, not only is the 3.5L V6 partially made of aluminum, but the entire cab and the bed are also made of aluminum.

    Is Ford correct?

    We decided to have a bit of old fashioned drag racing fun to see which truck (read engine) is faster. But as always there’s a catch.

    TFLtruck’s test track is at one mile above sea level which means that our air is less dense with more “me” room between the O2s.  In the real world, this means the Ford 6.2L V8 is less powerful.


    The twin turbos of the 2016 Ford F-150 help make up for the lower Colorado air density. The 2016 truck has a serious advantage even though it has less horsepower and less torque.


    Check out this fun TFLtruck video as Nathan drives the new F-150 while Andre pilots the 2014 Ford F-150 Raptor.

    Which truck is faster?

    I’m not telling. You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

    And yes before you swarm the comments section, this is by no means a scientific test. There are more variables than mosquitos in Florida, but the results are interesting never-the-less. It would also be fun to try this drag race again at sea level. We’re betting the results would be very different.

    BTW: Coming very soon to TFLtruck, Nathan and Andre mashup this very same F-150 with a Ford Explorer both with the same 3.5L Ecoboost engine. However, his time they drag race at the local drag strip. Which one is the faster: the truck or the SUV?

    Please stay tuned. We will publish the video and the results for you tomorrow, so please come back for that fun and unique TFLtruck mashup review.

    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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    24 thoughts on “Ford F-150 Raptor vs Ford F-150 3.5L Twin Turbo Drag Race: V6 vs V8 Mile High Smack Down

    1. Neat video. Wonder how old raptor vs new raptor would fair. And where is the 3.5 time? Maybe when the Explorer video is posted?

    2. At sea level, the results would be the same. The aluminum F150 is lighter than the steel Raptor; heck the Raptor was heavier than the steel F150. The 6.2 has a very slight torque advantage and a horsepower advantage, but it has to turn larger and heavier tires.

    3. I think the performance difference has to do more with Weight rather than Density Altitude. The Raptor = 6006 lbs weighs considerably more than the 2016 F-150 3.5 Ecoboost =4,937 lbs.

    4. Ok, now take both and go jump some ditches and lets see who wins.

      Different trucks for different purposes.

    5. You guys think those are fast wait till the next generation 3.5L EcoBoost,is mated to the new 10 speed automatic and coupled to a 3:55 or greater axle ratio.I would love for you guys to contact GM,and obtain a 2017 Chevy Silverado with the 6.2L mated to the 10 speed automatic as well.With of course the same axle ratio if possible thay way you guys could run mulitple test’s.Ike,0-60,towing etc…

      1. Easy, Bravo. It takes more time to shuffle through all those gears. The new EcoBoost has the same exact horsepower as before and 30lb-ft more.

        For an idea of how quick it might be, check out the current Navigator…with the original EcoBoost, it already produces more horsepower and torque then the gen-2 EcoBoost. The GM 6.2L is quite potent. We’ll see how the new truck does.

    6. If TFL has an F150 with the 3.5 ecoboost in hand, can we assume it will get the Super Ike treatment?

    7. Roman, the Explorer has 350lb/ft of torque compared to the ‘high output’ 420lb/ft of the f150…right?

    8. If you get the Toyota tundra you had before with the supercharger the Toyota tundra would win because it is a supercharged V-8 with producing more power than the Ford raptor would at sea level


      2. Paxton, sure you’re not just an alias for Thomas? No kidding, a modified Tundra with aftermarket power adders wins a race against stock Fords! Wow! I’ll bet the modified 2400hp Freightliner would win against your Tundra, too!

    9. The 2017 Raptor would actually stomp both those trucks in a drag race. It is niiiiiiiiiiice 🙂 proving grounds was well worth it.

    10. My understanding is that the 2017 Raptor 3.5 EcoBoost engine is considerably hotter than the standard 3.5 Litre EcoBoost. I am drooling all over my desk at the very thought of this!!!!!!!! Especially with 10 gears to keep it at the top of it’s power curve. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to afford one.

      1. You’re correct – the 2017 Raptor has more output from its gen-2 EcoBoost than the normal F-150. The rumor mill says 450HP and 500lb-ft. Ford states it will have “more power and torque than the outgoing 6.2L Raptor.” That means >411HP and >434lb-ft. Well, the stock F-150 already beats it in the torque department, but horsepower seems harder to get from the EcoBoost. 365 up to 412 is a fair climb. They are great looking trucks, but you’re right…pretty pricey and limited availability.

    11. Pretty impressive, I can only imagine what a V8 Raptor vs. the new 2017 Raptor would look like at altitude. For science and to be fair, it would be cool to see the same race repeated at sea level.

    12. The Ford Eco boost might be a bad ass in the beginning but let’s see how it’s doing after gets up there in miles and use

      1. Better than you would think. My ’12 eco has 237k and still averaging 15.8mpg in pittsburgh( hills everywhere). Though ive seen an ’11 f250 6.2 with 262k still towing 7k


      The Ecoboost eats Raptors in in Tampa FL too where we are 5 feet below sea level.

      Just because there is more air for Raptors down here doesn’t mean there isn’t more air for the Ecoboost too. Remember even force air inducted engines lose power up there.

      I grew up in Wyoming where our cabin was 2 miles above sea level and where we atv’d was nearly 12500 feet in elevation so I have a lot of experience in some of the highest elevations and lowest.

      Overnight me the Solo DL I’ll make some 0-60 comparison videos for you. LOL

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