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