A first-generation Ford Raptor took on a Challenger, a Mustang, and a Ram 3500 at the drag strip.
And it did not go well for the Raptor.
The current Ford F-150 Raptor is a marvelous design. Powered by a 3.5-L twin-turbo V6, it sails over pavement and gravel alike on an off-road suspension and lightweight, aluminum body. It’s no wonder it has become the go-to performance truck.
But that’s the current-gen Raptor. The Raptor we see here (courtesy of Wheels.ca) is a first-gen Raptor which didn’t have nearly as much refinement. Under the hood is either a 5.4-L V8 or 6.2-L V8, but we’re going to be generous and say this one has the 6.2-L. It gets 411 hp, 434 lb-ft, and weighs more than anyone would care to admit at a drag strip.
Its first opponent is a 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T 392, and just looking at the numbers you can already tell this is going to be an embarrassment for the Raptor. The Challenger gets 485 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque from its 6.4-litre Hemi V8, can race to sixty in around 4.5 seconds, and weighs significantly less at 4,400 lbs.
As expected, the Challenger demolishes the Raptor, finishing its quarter-mile in 13.84 seconds at 101.44 mph. The Raptor chugged along to an abysmal finish of 15.15 seconds at 91.49 mph.
Next up we have the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. Once again, this isn’t even a contest. Under the Mustang’s hood is a 5.2-L supercharged V8 producing 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is a full second faster than the Challenger, and it has a top speed of close to 200 mph.
Once again, the Raptor dies a slow death. The Mustang completes its quarter-mile in 12.55 seconds at 116.35 mph, while the Raptor improves (but still loses badly) with 14.74 seconds at 93.15 mph.
Finally, we have a reasonable matchup: a Ram 3500. This full-ton truck might weigh more, but it has a massive 6.7-L Cummins turbodiesel inline 6-cylinder engine that puts out 385 hp and 930 lb-ft of torque. The Raptor should have the top speed advantage, but the Ram will definitely be faster to accelerate. This is anybody’s race.
Incredibly, the Ram 3500 picks up the win. Although it finished with a lower top speed, it had a higher average speed throughout the race to finish in 14.25 seconds compared to the Raptor’s 14.88 seconds.
We’re sure the new Raptor would fare better in this shootout.