The eight-cylinder truck turned out to be extremely voracious
The American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the fuel consumption of a 710-horsepower Ford F-150 Raptor R pickup truck. Experts found that the novelty consumes 23.5 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers in the urban cycle; for the same distance on the highway, a pickup truck requires 15.7 liters of fuel; on the combined cycle, the eight-cylinder truck consumes 19.6 liters of gasoline: the same as the main competitor, the 712-horsepower RAM TRX.
The long-awaited eight-cylinder version hit the Raptor this summer, with customer requests from Ford adding a V8 5.2 Predator engine from the Shelby Mustang GT500. The unit is rated at 710 horsepower and 868 Nm of torque – it allows a 2.7-ton pickup truck on 37-inch tires to exchange 100 kilometers per hour from a standstill in about 4.5 seconds.
A conventional Ford Raptor with a V6 engine is more economical than an eight-cylinder one: in the combined cycle, five liters of fuel are saved for every 100 kilometers. In addition, the base Ford superpick is almost $37,000 cheaper than the new one.
Comparisons to the RAM TRX are mixed: while the new Raptor R is 180 kilograms lighter than the competition and has a more modern 10-speed automatic, EPA-rated pickup trucks are equally poor, and only supercars use more fuel.