Would a 2017 Raptor V8 Engine Swap Be Something You Consider?

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When Ford announced the 2017 Raptor, we all knew that it’d be the most-powerful and most-capable Raptor ever made. It’d have to be in order to have any chance of success over the previous version of the truck. But one thing Ford did change was the engine. They went from a naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 to a twin-turbo 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine. The internet nearly burnt to the ground. But how easy would it be for someone who purchase a new Raptor to get a V8? It might not be that difficult at all.

The 2017 F-150 comes an available 5.0L Coyote V8 engine. That V8 is designed to fit in the newest F-150, and match up with the company’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. That same 10-speed, more or less, is the standard transmission offering in the Raptor. Of course the engines aren’t the exact same size, but many of the mounting points are probably similar, and it’d have to be pretty easy to get the mounts required to put the Coyote V8 in the new Raptor.

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Obviously someone would have to perform some computer magic to make everything work properly, but it doesn’t seem like a V8 would be a physical limitation of the new truck.

The biggest limitation might be the suspension and brake tuning. The EcoBoost engine is lighter than the V8 that it replaces, and the suspension and brakes are designed to work with a particular amount of weight on the front. While people do add winches and accessories to the front of their trucks — which add weight — it’s possible that adding the weight back up front could have adverse effects on the handling performance.

But the biggest concern for the person doing the swap is the horsepower. While the 5.0L isn’t anemic, it’s also not the 450 horsepower that comes from the EcoBoost. If you’re going to go through the trouble of doing the swap, you’ll want more power.

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Thankfully, the aftermarket has been working on the EcoBoost motor for years, and there are turbo and supercharger kits available to make more power. Swap the engine in, bolt on the go-fast goodies, send it all to the tuner, and you have a Raptor with a V8.

For those who have infinitely deep pockets, I expect to see this done. I also expect the big tuners like Roush and Hennessey to offer conversion kits on the new truck when it goes on sale. You’ll surely have a plethora of options when the truck goes on sale to get the V8 you so eagerly desire.

But do you want it, for real? We know that the 3.5L EcoBoost can easily make more power. Just look at the Ford GT supercar for confirmation of that. Plus, starting with an already-turbocharged motor means that you can make big power for little money.

So what say you? Would you add more power to the V6 EcoBoost or would you swap out for a V8 and start there? Let us know what you think in the comments below or over in our forums!

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Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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