Honestly, with those giant 35-inch BFGoodrich knobbly tyres and copious amounts of torque, so long as the turbos were kept on the boil, our Raptor was never in the slightest danger of getting stuck

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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...]  

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