The 2017 Raptor is officially out and customers have started taking delivery of their new trucks. One of the most talked about subjects regarding the new Raptor is the performance of that 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and the 10-speed transmission. Many of us couldn’t disagree more with Ford’s decision to put a V6 in a full-size truck that also happens to be, by far, the most capable offroad truck on the market. But both Ford and quite a few other respected members of the automotive world claim the new motor is more powerful on both the bottom and top end thanks to increased horsepower and torque figures over the outgoing 6.2L V8.
One of those people is none other than John Hennessey himself, who of course is one of the most respected aftermarket tuners in the business. Now granted, Hennessey does have a pretty good relationship with Ford so it’s not like we expected him to come out and have negative things to say about the truck. But performance is in this guys blood so his opinion on the matter should carry some weight. While he was still awaiting delivery of his own personal truck, Hennessey got his hands on another Raptor that was apparently completely stock and he took it to the drag strip he has right next door to his headquarters.
When Ford finally released the specs of the new twin turbo V6, 450hp and 510lb-ft of torque, I was completely unimpressed. That’s not a huge jump from the 411hp and 434lb-ft of torque in the Gen-1 so I wasn’t expecting that big of an improvement. Shockingly though, it actually is. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to see the new truck shave almost a second and a half off the 0-60 time and 1.2 seconds off the 1/4 mile time of its predecessor. However with the lower weight of the new model, it does make a little more sense. I must say, I’m impressed.
Is that enough to overcome my sheer hatred for the sound that comes from this otherwise badass new truck? Not likely. Especially because the exhaust note is very noticeable in this video, so if anything my feelings have intensified. I have no problem with new technology and energy efficiency and all that mumbo-jumbo, it’s strictly the noise the truck makes and the feeling you get from listening to a full-size truck sound like a fart can wazoo.