Under the Hood
The Ford Raptor features a high-output, twin turbo 3.5L Ecoboost V6 on a ten-speed automatic transmission. This “smaller” (compared to the outgoing V8 of last year’s model) engine pushes out 450 horsepower and over five hundred pound-foot of giddy-up. The Raptor can launch off the line faster than most cars on the road, reaching sixty-two in just 5.3 seconds. To match these kinds of number, Chev should drop their big 6.2 L EcoTec3 V8 in there and tune it for a bit more pony power. Or do as Ford did and grab a smaller engine, say the 4.3 L EcoTec3 V6, and stick a twin turbo on there. Combined with their eight-speed automatic transmission, either of those choices could give the Raptor a scare.
A big engine means nothing if you can’t get anywhere to use it, though.