American Truck Showdown: Ford Raptor vs. RAM 3500 Diesel Dually

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The schools of thought behind each one of these trucks are as similar as the ones behind jazz and heavy metal Both might be music, but that’s where the similarities end. These machines may have truck beds, but that’s about it. Heck, they don’t even have the same amount of wheels!

On one lane we have a previous generation Ford F-150 Raptor, which by all means is a very, very fast truck. It features a 6.2 liter V8 engine capable of producing 411 horsepower, 434 lb-ft of torque, and a (governed) top speed of 98 mph. Obviously the Raptor wasn’t built for drag racing, but it’s by no means a weak contender.

On the other lane there’s a monster truck, quite literally. The 2016 RAM 3500 diesel dually is built for one thing, and one thing only—haul heavy things. In order to haul heavy things an engine needs to produce lots of torque, and this thing does exactly that, a staggering 900 lb-ft of torque! That’s enough to pull the moon closer to planet Earth. The 3500 6.7 liter turbo diesel Cummins engine produces 385 horsepower, which is less than the Raptor but has twice the amount of torque. Oh, and don’t forget the RAM puts its power down to the ground via four tires and not just two.

Who wins? You’ll have to watch the video, but it may or may not surprise you to see who comes out ahead. One thing is for sure, both of these trucks are extremely capable, and the results may come down to driver skill.

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Video via: [The Fast Lane Truck]

Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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