The Power of Six
The Baja 1000 rally in Mexico has developed its own unique style of racers but none more so than the high-horsepower, heavily flared pick-up truck. Ford created its own version for the street, the Raptor but now that it’s lost its trademark V8, is it still as good? We try the V6 EcoBoost turbo to find out.
To be fair, I haven’t spent much time in these high-riding pickups as I’d never seen much point in the job that 99 per cent of them do, that is running around the suburbs taking up one and half parking spaces at the mall.
They have a cargo area that’s useful for tradesmen but nothing that a van couldn’t also carry securely and out of the weather, but when I was offered the 2018 Ford Raptor for a few days, I was duty bound to experience it and find why there’s so much fuss about this puffed up load lugger.
The Raptor was initially inspired by the famous Baja 1000 desert rally in Tijuana, Mexico and in 2010 was offered as a sports car for the desert. It started out life as a 308bhp, 5.4-llitre V8 which grew to 6.2-litres producing 405bhp in 2011.
However Ford like most car manufacturers now, is feeling the resentment towards big displacement engines and has been working tirelessly on its EcoBoost family of turbocharged motors from 900cc three-cylinders up to twin-turbo V6s and so the team was forced to make a big decision.
Not only to downsize the Raptor’s cubic capacity, but drop two valuable cylinders, killing the V8 and replacing it with the 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 that’s fitted to our test car. [To be continued...]
Ford F150 Raptor Sports SUV: Is the 3.5 twin turbo V6 a suitable replacement for the 6.2 V8?
Ford’s Baja Rally-inspired Trophy Truck for the street, the F150 Raptor Sports SUV has lost its beefy V8, but as we found out, the 3.5-litre twin-turbo, EcoBoost V6 is more than up to the task by offering more power, better torque and is faster overall.
Like most car manufacturers, Ford is feeling the resentment towards big displacement engines and has been working tirelessly on its EcoBoost family of turbocharged motors from 900cc three-cylinders up to twin-turbo V6s. So the team was forced to make some big decisions when it came to the giant F150 Raptor.
Not only did they downsize the Raptor’s cubic capacity, but Ford also dropped two valuable cylinders from the Sports SUV, killing the V8 and replacing it with the 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6.
It may have lost its V8 bark but it’s gained a lusty V6 growl which admittedly is helped by synthesized acoustics but it still sounds like one tough truck just the same. [to be continued...]