FLASHBACK: The Original Ford EcoBoost Raptor

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When Ford introduced the world to it’s new flagship Raptor back in 2010 with a V8 as its sole engine option, some wondered if the capable off roader would ever be available with EcoBoost power.  Now, of course, Ford has made the somewhat controversial decision to move forward with the twin turbo V6, but they won’t be the first to shoehorn that powerplant in the Raptor.

That’s because SDHQ did it four years ago.  In this road test, we get a little preview of what it’s like replacing the heavier V8 lump with the lighter V6, a move that doesn’t appear to have many drawbacks. In this iteration, the EcoBoost produces a claimed 400+ horsepower and 500+ lb-ft of torque with a few mods.

Acceleration and fuel economy are better than what the 6.2 provides, and power is available across a wide power band.  And for those looking for even more power, the aftermarket is ripe with mods for the boosted motor.  We’ve already seen what a simple tune can do in the proper hands.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this truck, however, is that SDHQ found it more economical to buy an EcoBoost powered F-150 and swap over the Raptor frame and body than to complete a simple engine swap.  With the little motor’s whopping price tag of $17,000, it was an easy but surprising choice.

Regardless, this truck’s performance clearly demonstrates why Ford decided to make the swap in 2017. Even though the hardcore V8 proponents (myself included) are going to gripe about it, the benefits of the EcoBoost over the 6.2 clearly outweigh the potential downsides.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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