F-150 Battles Silverado in 2018 Half Ton Duel: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday
F-150 with the 5.0-liter V8 wins from a roll, but the Chevy’s bigger V8 gets it the win from a dig.
As long as both Ford and Chevrolet are building trucks, fans of each brand will argue whether the F-150 or the Silverado is the superior machine. This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the Underground Golden Triangle YouTube channel and adds some fuel to that fire, with a series of races between a 2018 Ford F-150 and a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. Both trucks have their premium V8, meaning that the Chevy has a larger, more powerful engine, but power alone isn’t enough to overcome Ford’s “Coyote” V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The truck carrying the camera for this racing action is a 2018 Ford F-150 with a four-door cab and the 5.0-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. We do not know whether this truck has four-wheel-drive, nor do we know for sure which four-door cab it is, but we know that this is not a regular cab pickup. In stock form, this truck offered 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. With the only modification being a cat-back exhaust system, it is probably still making near-stock power.
The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country also has a four-door cab, but it packs a larger 6.2-liter V8 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, so it is considerably stronger, but it also weighs more while having a disadvantage in the transmission department.
In short, the F-150 weighs less and has a 10-speed transmission while the Chevy has more horsepower and torque with an 8-speed transmission.
The video begins with the Ford and Chevy going head-to-head in a roll race. We don’t know how fast they start, but it appears to be fairly slow, perhaps 25-35 miles per hour. On the third honk, both drivers hammer down and the F-150 quickly jumps out to an early lead. From there, the Silverado quickly falls behind as the Coyote-powered pickup hands out a pretty brutal beating.
Next, the two race from a dig, but the start is strange. They line up, each driver appears to bring the engine up speed up and someone honks twice, at which point the F-150 launches. We aren’t sure if he launched early or if they meant to go on the second honk, but in any case, that head start quickly evaporates and the Chevy races out of the frame. A few seconds later, the Ford catches and passes, but we don’t know if the Chevy got far enough ahead that the driver let off or if the F-150 reeled him in at speed. In any case, the Chevy clearly had the upper hand on this run.
Finally, the two go from a roll once again. This time, the Chevy does a nice job of making a race of it, but after a few seconds, the F-150 begins to inch away, eventually putting the Silverado at the back bumper.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!