2018 F-150 Drag Race: 5.0L V8 VS 3.5L EcoBoost (Video)

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The 2018 F-150 has more horsepower with the V8 & more torque with the 3.5L EcoBoost. But which is faster in a head-to-head drag race?

The two premium engine options for the 2018 Ford F-150 are the 5.0-liter V8 and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The V8 offers more horsepower and greater payload capabilities while the 3.5L EcoBoost offers more torque and greater towing capabilities. But when all else is equal, which is quicker and offers better real-world performance?

To find out, the Kunes Country TV YouTube channel took two new F-150 pickups and raced them head-to-head.

F-150

The Competitors

This video features two 2018 Ford F-150 pickups with all of the same features and options – except for the engine. Both trucks are XLT models with the Chrome Appearance Package, four-wheel-drive and the 10-speed automatic transmission, so they have the same wheels and tires, the same interior features, etc.

The only difference between these 2018 F-150 pickups is the engine. The truck in the right lane (going away) is powered by the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The truck in the left lane has the 5.0L “Coyote” V8 with 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. In short, the V8 truck has 20 more horsepower, but 70 lb-ft less torque, while the EcoBoost engine weighs slightly more.

F-150

The Racing Action

In the first, both trucks are in 2WD and Sport Mode, but when the EcoBoost spins the tires a bit more coming out, the V8-powered F-150 gets an early lead that turns into a clear win on the top end.

These two new F-150 pickups make four head-to-head runs.

In the second race, both trucks remain in Sport Mode, but the drivers put the new F-150s in four-wheel-drive to get the best possible traction. This race is too close to call, with the trucks being perfectly aligned at the finish line.

The third and fourth races are run with the same settings and in each of those matchups, the EcoBoost-powered F-150 takes the win. In fact, in the last race, we can see daylight between the two trucks at the line, so the V6 pickup won by more than a length.

The bottom line here is that when both trucks get good traction, the 2018 F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will knock off a similar truck with the 5.0L V8.

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Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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