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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor vs. 2014 Model In A Head-To-Head Drag Race: Video

As we all know, the all-new, 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is significantly more potent than the last Raptor model, which was discontinued after the 2014 model year as the F-150 range underwent its last significant redesign.

To put a finer point on it, the new F-150 Raptor produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The 2014 Ford SVT Raptor, making do with its 6.2-liter V8 sourced from the F-Series Super Duty, came in at 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of twist. That’s quite the gap.

Other relevant facts: The new, 2017 F-150 Raptor is around 500 pounds lighter, thanks to its adoption of an aluminum-alloy body like that of the base truck. It has a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that’s better able to keep the engine in its power band – at least in theory. And, it has six different driving modes that cater to different conditions, where the 2014 model essentially had two: normal, and off-road.

So, does the old, 2014 Ford SVT Raptor stand a chance against the all-new F-150 Raptor in a head-to-head drag race? No; of course it doesn’t. But The Fast Lane Truck happened to have one example of each on hand recently, so they staged a drag race anyway, just to see what would happen.

You can watch that in the video above.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Gregory Faulkner

    “Sounds better” is a matter of opinion. No or little sound is my preference. Not everyone gives credit to a pickup truck for emitting a red neck V8 rumble. Two-thirds of new F150 purchasers evidently agree. Of course a stock V8 is not loud enough to be considered obtrusive and is totally quiet while highway cruising, but I don’t personally count that lower exhaust note as a positive in any way. Thanks but no thanks.

    Neither of these drag racing, up-in-the-stratosphere trucks would be my choice for commuting or hauling or towing or living with on a daily basis. Thanks again but no thanks.

    The original new price of either of these trucks, neither of which was built for work or practical transportation, is my idea of a good value. In fact, it’s a lot of money to put down just to show people that one is cool but other than that has very little usefulness to owners of real pickup trucks. My originally-new-priced 2015 at or about $28K, with the 2.7Liter and 2WD and short bed and 3.31 gears, is a much better truck for daily uses and weekend work than either of these high-dollar, drag racing, off-road capable trucks that are/were two and half times the price of my truck. Thanks but no thanks.


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