Ford Raptor Takes on a Supercharged GMC Canyon (Video)
The king of off-road trucks takes on a worthy adversary that’s packing some extra oomph in a series of drag races.
The Ford F-150 Raptor is the undisputed king when it comes to full-size off-roading trucks. Thanks to a host of upgraded components that are aimed at tackling all types of terrain, the Raptor is nearly unstoppable and pretty quick in a straight line, as well, especially for a full-size pickup. But there’s a new offering from Chevrolet that looks to steal some sales away from the Raptor: the Colorado ZR2.
While the new Colorado and the GMC Canyon are identical twins, GMC doesn’t have a performance-oriented offering of the pickup and probably won’t offer one. But the Canyon owner in the video above by The Fast Lane Truck believes that he’s figured out a way to get Raptor-besting performance out of his pickup, and it comes thanks to a supercharger.
The Canyon can be fitted with three different engines, with the range-topping motor being a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Those figures aren’t even close to what the Raptor’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine is good for, which is 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. But the Canyon in the video hides a supercharger under its hood that increases output to 370 hp and 326 lb-ft of torque. Is that enough to help the Canyon win a drag race against the Raptor? That’s what the video looks to find out.
The Raptor has a lot more power, but it’s got a lot more weight to lug around. Which pickup comes out on top? Unsurprisingly, it’s the Raptor. The Canyon, despite having numerous performance upgrades, just can’t keep up with the Raptor. And the owner also claims that he’s had some problems with the Canyon and has had to modify it extensively to get it to work properly. It just goes to show, the Raptor’s a little more expensive, but it’s one of the few pickups that can tow and go off-roading, while having the performance of a sports car.