Check out the Ford Raptor as it performs a top speed run at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds.
The Ford Raptor is undeniably a fast truck--perhaps the fastest production pickup on the road today. But most of the time we see the Raptor in its native element, rampaging across the plains with its twin-turbo engine without care for such pedestrian concerns as “top speed.” It can move as fast as it needs to over any terrain, so why would it need to worry itself over such trivialities?
But we here at HotCars are curious to see just how fast the Raptor could go if it were given miles of pristine tarmac and a lead foot. Thus, we turn to the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds YouTube channel to see just what the Raptor can do.
First, a reminder of what sort of beast we’re dealing with. The 2019 Ford Raptor comes with a 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Power is, of course, driven to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Fox internal bypass shocks and all-terrain tires ensure that the Raptor can deal with any surface, and the whole thing weighs in at just over 5,600 lbs in Super Crew form.
Zero to sixty is measured at 5.2 seconds. Limited top speed is advertised as 107 mph.
Mr. Bohmer assures us the test Raptor is completely stock and that unfortunate limiter is still in place. Still, let’s see how this truck moves.
We gotta admit, the Raptor seems to have quite the sedate start. It takes over 15 seconds for the truck to finally reach 60 mph, which is more like a base-trim F-150 than a Raptor.
However, the Raptor does accelerate smoothly until just over 100 mph, at which point the rev limiter kicks in. The needle seems to stop at 106 mph and just ticks over to 107 mph before the pickup runs out of track.
Without the limiter, the Raptor could likely reach up to 120 mph, but wind resistance would be the real limiting factor there. A final top speed of 107.284 mph will have to suffice. For now.