Which Ford truck is the quickest? Is it a half-ton F-150 V8, an F-150 V6, or a heavy duty F-250 turbo diesel?
We are trying to figure out, if the days of the V8-powered pickup trucks are coming to an end? We take a new 2019 Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 truck and put it up against a 5.0-liter V8-powered truck on our test track at IMI Motorsports. The third truck is a new F-250 with a big 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8.
The 5.0-liter Coyote V8 is still part of the F-150 lineup, but this engine’s production is being scaled down. How does it compare on acceleration to Ford F-150s currently most popular engine – the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6? Interestingly, the 5.0-liter and the 2.7-liter produce the same amount of torque (400 lb-ft), although the EcoBoost reaches maximum torque sooner in the rev range. On the other hand, the V8 makes a lot more power. The Coyote is rated at 395 horsepower, while the 2.7-liter is at 325 horsepower.
We added the F-250 Power Stroke into the mix as an element of unpredictability. The Super Duty crew cab 4×4 truck you see here weighs approximately 8,000 lbs. The two F-150 trucks weigh between 5,200 – 5,300 lbs. The weight works against the F-250, but it also packs a lot of power: 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft of torque. The heavy duty trucks has more torque than the two F-150s combined.
The acceleration results were surprising. In previous years, we noticed that launching a heavy duty diesel truck in 4×4 to get the best 0-60 MPH actually slows the truck down with the extra drag from the 4WD system. It was not the case with this F-250.
Spoiler alert: the F-150 V8 put it a 0-60 MPH of 7.99 seconds (at 1 mile above sea level and about 17% less air density). The big diesel F-250 registered a 7.23 second 0-60 MPH in 4×4. The little 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 was the quickest at 6.98 seconds.
Watch all of the drag racing fun in the video below.