Turns out an EcoBoost V6 does kick ass.
And the answer is 450 horsepower, although Ford didn’t intend to reveal this information just yet. The second generation of Ford’s street legal, Baja sand breaker, and all-around zombie crushing F-150 Raptor will be better than its predecessor in every way. A few days ago at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Ford’s Global Product Development VP, Raj Nair, stated (accidently) that the new Raptor’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 will spit out 450 hp.
The outgoing Raptor’s 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 has 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. Expect the new twin-turbo V6 to produce even greater torque as well. So the bottom line here is that the new Raptor will weigh over 500 pounds less (thanks to the military-grade aluminum alloy) and is even more powerful than before. Paired up to that new 10-speed automatic transmission that’ll further improve efficiency over the old six-speed unit and you’re looking at what’s possibly the greatest pickup truck on earth. You should be excited.