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WHICH FORD F-150 IS THE QUICKEST?

Surprisingly, It’s Not The Raptor

2022 Ford F-150 Powerboost Hybrid Pickup Truck
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks

In 2021 the Ford F-150 was completely redesigned, which means that the ultimate variant, the F-150 Raptor, is also new. A recent instrumented test took a few desirable F-150 trims – the Tremor, the Raptor, and the Powerboost hybrid – and the results were a mix of surprise and disappointment, depending on who you’re rooting for.

Ford F-150 Powerboost Hybrid
2021 Ford F-150 Powerboost hybrid pickup truck. Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks

Ford F-150 Raptor vs. Tremor vs. Powerboost Hybrid

Per an Edmunds test, the Ford F-150 Raptor features a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 under the hood that makes 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive. The F-150 Tremor is a slightly less robust version of the truck with a less powerful version of the same engine, making 400 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The final truck on the list is the Ford F-150 Powerboost hybrid which also uses a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine, but it makes 430 horsepower in this guise and, with the help of electricity, has an impressive 570 lb-ft of torque.

Ford F-150 Tremor Steven Pham
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During the test, all three versions of the new F-150 had identical 0-60 times of 5.8 seconds; interestingly, each quarter-mile run was within 0.2 seconds of each other. The significant difference is seen in the trap speeds, which shows that the F-150 Powerboost was at a higher speed of 98.1 MPH when it crossed the line, which is more than the Raptor and the Tremor. The F-150 Raptor finished the quarter-mile at 14.3 seconds with a speed of 92 MPH. Meanwhile, the Tremor finished at the same time as the hybrid, 14.1 seconds, but it traveled at 96.9 MPH.

The Ford F-150 Lightning wasn’t included in this test, but it’s actually quicker than all three variants.

By comparison, the previous-generation F-150 Raptor that was tested had a higher trap speed than the new 2021 model but was only 0.1 seconds slower to 60 MPH. So while the F-150 Powerboost is currently the fastest truck in the bunch, that won’t last long once Ford releases the Raptor R, which is expected to have over 700 ponies under the hood and will likely leave all of its variations in the dust.

2021 2022 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks

 

Written by Zac M.

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