RAPTOR REPORT All Hail the EcoBoost Overlords!

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Guess what? I’m okay with Ford dumping the 6.2L V8 in favor of an EcoBoost powered V6 engine. I know most of you are not, as you’ve pointed out in our forums and in the comments, but in this future of high-performance vehicles, turbo is, for better or worse, the way to go. We should all embrace it.

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In a sports car I prefer natural aspiration. I used to own a Honda S2000 with a stratospheric 9,000 RPM redline. And it was amaze-balls to drive. But with only 150 or so ft-lb of of torque, it didn’t have too much grunt off the line. It was a high-strung engine that begged you to rev the piss out of it. It rewarded you when you did so.

In a sports car, I’d rather have a lesser power naturally aspirated engine over a more powerful forced-induction engine.

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But in a truck it’s different. To me, torque is the name of the game in a truck. If Ford opted to put a diesel in the Raptor I think it’d make it a better truck than a big gasoline engine.

The EcoBoost engine is all about torque. If the engine makes 450 hp, like Raj Nair said, it’s likely that it’ll make 450 lb-ft of torque or more. The 10 speed transmission will allow engineers to have a relatively short first gear. Off the line, this truck could quite literally be a rocketship.

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The 2017 Raptor has a lighter, more powerful EcoBoost engine mated to a more advanced transmission and a supercomputer to control the off-road systems. I have no doubt the new Raptor is going to be the most capable yet, and I say “bring it on!”

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Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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