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Which Ford Raptor is the Quickest?

Ford’s Raptors have won people over on both sides of the Atlantic. Smith and Sniff enjoyed the Ranger Raptor, and the first-gen F-150 SVT Raptor held its own against Europe’s other pickups in a CarWow comparison. But that wasn’t enough. CarWow came back with a British-imported current-gen F-150 Raptor, to truly figure out which Ford Raptor is quickest.

The Comparison Tests

The set-up was the same as CarWow’s previous pickup videos. The trucks first ran a standing quarter-mile test, to compare overall performance levels. Next was a rolling 50-70 mph race, to test additional engine characteristics and transmission tuning. Finally, a panic stop from 70 mph to check the brakes.

The Ford Raptors by the Numbers

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor
2019 Ford Ranger Raptor | Ford UK

As before, the non-North American Ranger Raptor suffers from a tragic case of “lack of power.” Equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel, it only makes 213 hp. However, it also generates 369 lb-ft of torque and has 10 gears in its automatic transmission. It also weighs the least of the group: 5512 lbs.

2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor | Clive Sutton UK

The SVT Raptor, unlike the other two trucks, doesn’t use turbos. It relies on a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 making 411 hp and 411 lb-ft. But, its transmission is older (only 6 gears), with older software. Furthermore, this first-gen Raptor still rides on the F-150 platform from right before the F-Series went aluminum. It’s the heaviest truck in the test, weighing in at 5953 lbs.

Normally, the current-gen F-150 Raptor develops 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque from its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6. However, viewers who made their Perception Check would notice Editorial Director Mat Watson is sitting on the left side of the truck. This British-imported F-150 Raptor was modified by importers Clive Sutton. Now called the “Monster Raptor”, its engine makes 520 hp and 515 lb-ft. As it rides on the aluminum-intense F-Series platform, the Monster Raptor weighs in between the other two trucks, at 5732 lbs.

How the Raptors Flew (And Stopped)

2018 Ford F-150 Sutton Monster Raptor
2018 Ford F-150 Sutton Monster Raptor | Clive Sutton UK

Unsurprisingly, given its power and weight advantages, the Monster Raptor dominated the quarter-mile drag race. It crossed the line in 15.1 seconds. The SVT Raptor took 16.7 seconds to do the same. Inevitably, the Ranger Raptor came in last, with a time of 18.7 seconds.

The trucks finished the same during the 50-70 rolling race. The Monster Raptor was first, the SVT second, and the Ranger third. However, unlike the drag race, there’s more to the results. The Monster Raptor may have won, but the SVT was briefly ahead. It may be down on power, but the SVT had no turbos to spool, allowing it to build power more quickly. In addition, Smith and Sniff remarked how much the 10-speed transmission in the Ranger Raptor had to kick down under acceleration. Perhaps something similar happened to the Monster Raptor.

And as for the braking test, here was the Ranger Raptor’s time to shine. The lightest of the three, logic would dictate it would stop in the shortest distance. Actually, though, the Monster Raptor slightly beat it out and came in first. Even Mat Watson was surprised. There were no mods done to the braking hardware, so the F-150 Raptor is just that good at braking. The SVT came in at a terrifying last.

There you have it. It may have been modded, but the current-gen F-150 Raptor is the quickest Ford Raptor.