Ford’s EcoBoost Dominates Ram’s Hemi in Vloggers’ Truck Race

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A 2017 Ford F-150 XLT brings Hemi-powered Rebel to its knees.

Ford’s line of EcoBoost engines are great for fuel economy while putting out decent power figures, thanks to a combination of turbocharging and direct gasoline injection. The F-150’s 3.5-liter V6 mill is an excellent example of what the EcoBoost can offer, delivering 375 horses and 470 lb-ft of torque to the road via the 10R80 ten-speed automatic transmission. But we know there are a few of you who really want that big V8 power like that of the five-liter Coyote, especially if you’re going up against, say, a Hemi-powered Ram Rebel.

As Family Cruisin would soon discover, the EcoBoost can throw down as hard as the Coyote against the Hemi. Our host met with 2017 F-150 XLT owner Adam of YouTube channel street muscle 215, who we learn is a convert to the F-150, having once owned a Dodge Charger 392 Scat Pack. While our host admires Adam’s truck, he is a bit sad to know “that Ford has a bigger big-rig looking front end than the new Rams do.” C’est la vie.

2017 Ford F-150 XLT

After the parking lot meetup, the two vloggers head down to an unnamed road in the fields of “Mexico” for a best two-out-of-three drag race between the F-150 and the Rebel. The Rebel takes the first heat, having gotten off the line quicker than the F-150. However, the EcoBoost/10-speed combo did keep up with the Rebel’s 5.7-liter Hemi and eight-speed auto, and was able to give the F-150 the win in the second heat.

Ford F-150 XLT vs Ram Rebel

But for the third and final heat, it was no contest: the EcoBoost spanked the Hemi off the line, putting the F-150 one truck-length ahead of the Rebel at the end of the race. All that was left was a celebratory burnout, and a mental note that you don’t always need a V8 to bring down a V8, when a 3.5-liter V6 with turbo and direct injection can do the job, and still bring you home without a stop at the gas station.

2017 Ford F-150 XLT

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