2018 Ford F150 vs Ford Raptor: One Twin-Turbo Truck to Rule Them All!

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2018 Ford F150 vs Ford Raptor (EcoBoost vs EcoBoost)

Which truck is faster? Is it the lighter and less powerful 2018 Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 or a heavier Raptor with a high-output twin-turbo V6? These two trucks both have a 10-speed automatic transmission, they are both 4×4, and both engines have the same 3.5L displacements and two turbos. However, the engine in the F-150 Lariat crew cab 4×4 is rated at 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded 3.5L TT engine in the Raptor is rated at 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Is the extra power in the Raptor enough to overcome nearly 700 lbs of additional weight?

We will have to run several acceleration tests to find out! We used 4-wheel-drive automatic setting, Sport mode, and traction & stability control systems disabled in both trucks. We found this is the best way to get a good launch in these trucks. Running them in 2WD causes rear wheel spin that is difficult to control and get a consistent take-off.

Here are the results for all seven truck comparisons we did this week.

Drag Race Week results.

Yep, the F-150 came out of top, although we did experience turbocharger “heat soak” and lower 0-60 MPH times after about three consecutive runs.

Here are the other matchups:

Episode 1: Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

Episode 2: Ram 1500 Sport vs Ram Power Wagon.

Episode 3: Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon.

Episode 4: Ram 1500 Sport vs Ford SVT Raptor.

Episode 5: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon.

Episode 6: Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Ram Power Wagon

Check out this top-of-the-line EcoBoost contest below!