Ford’s choice of a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 instead of a V8 for the all-new 2017 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 V8-powered truck doesn’t even stand a chance. The new one may be down on cylinders, but it’s not down on horsepower or torque. The 2017 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 V6 with a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic gearbox to keep the twin-turbo engine right in its power band, and thanks to aluminum construction, the new model is around 500 lbs lighter 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 V8, but it’s no compromise in terms of acceleration.