Truckin’ Fast Wednesday: EcoBoost F-150 Battles the Strongest V8

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Three races between the F-150 and the Sierra prove the importance of a good driver.

This week’s Truckin Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the Kunes Country TV YouTube channel and it features a trio of drag races between a 2018 Ford F-150 and a 2018 GMC Sierra. Unfortunately, questionable driving leaves some question as to which truck is quicker, but the twin turbocharged V6 appears to have the edge.

The Competitors

The video above features a 2018 Ford F-150 and a 2018 GMC Sierra. Both trucks have their largest cab configuration, four-wheel-drive and automatic transmissions, but they have very different engines.

GMC Sierra Vs F150 Drag Race

Under the hood of the F-150 is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, delivering 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque while the Sierra packs the 6.2-liter V8. With 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, this is the most powerful V8 in the half-ton truck segment, but thanks to its aluminum body, the Ford has an advantage in weight.

Line Them Up

After a brief introduction to the trucks, they line up for the first race. When the flagger drops her arms, both trucks launch, but the F-150 gets out much better. In the comment section of the video, some people insist that the Ford got an early start, but it might just be a case of one driver reacting more quickly to the starting signal.

In any case, the Ford beats the GMC soundly in the first race.

F-150 Leads GMC Sierra

In the second race, the drivers switch and we have a similar situation to the first race, except the roles are reversed. The GMC appears to get out to an early start on this run and as a result, it hands the Ford a sound beating.

For the third and final run, the drivers switch once again and this time, the start appears to be much more even. The GMC and Ford appear to launch at the same time, but it doesn’t take long for the svelte F-150 to pull ahead and cruise to the win. On this run, the even start leads to a closer race, but the Ford still takes the clear-cut win.

F-150 Margin of Victory

While the drivers need some work on their launch timing, this video shows that the EcoBoost V6 is every bit as quick- if not quicker – than the GMC with the segment’s most powerful V8 engine.

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

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