Ford Raptor Shootout Pits Stock V6 vs. Aftermarket V8 Transplant

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Turns out, you can buy a brand new, V8-powered Raptor. You just have to get it from someone other than Ford.

The brand-new, second-gen Ford Raptor is undoubtedly an amazing machine. Read its many hundreds of reviews posted all over the web, and you won’t find many complaints, in fact. Well, other than the fact that it’s only available with a V6. A very powerful and capable V6, mind you. But no matter how hard you try, you (and Ford) just can’t replace the feeling and the sound of a V8. Thus, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that there’s a company out there willing to fix this little problem for you.

That company is called PaxPower. And suffice to say, they’re doing the Lord’s work here. But instead of just completing a basic Coyote swap, PP takes things a few steps further. They also slap a supercharger on their V8 Raptor, which enables the 5.0 to crank out 758 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. So obviously, it isn’t really fair to compare these two Ford Raptor examples. Or race them, as The Fast Lane Truck does in this video. But who said anything about playing fair?

Ford Raptor

In all fairness, PaxPower doesn’t swap the Coyote into a Raptor, due to some technical issues. “It’s mechanically possible, we can get it in there, the engine mounts are going to work,” explains PP’s Ben Morel. “We can get the transmission bolted up. But many modules are in these trucks nowadays. It would be very hard to make all of those modules happy. They’re used to seeing a turbo six-cylinder, so they’re looking for certain values from sensors.”

Ford Raptor

Makes perfect sense to us. It’s just simpler to gather up all the body and suspension parts and replicate the Raptor on a V8-powered chassis. So how does it ultimately compare to the stock Raptor? Well, TFLT’s reaction after gunning it on a grassy field sums it up pretty well. “Whoa, whoa, whoa, that’s ridiculous! What just happened? I got tunnel vision.”

Ford Raptor

Just further proof that you don’t need much to make the new Raptor the perfect truck. Just a little old fashioned V8 power!

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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