This was not as one-sided as I expected it to be

There are two things we can never get tired of – calling Trump a pumpkin and watching pickup trucks go at each other in a drag race. The folks at Carwow are here with another drag race, this time involving the two iconic American trucks – the Jeep Wrangler and the Ford F-150 Raptor. Hold on; there’s a twist. While the Wrangler comes in stock form, the F-150 Raptor doesn’t. Will this tilt the scales in the Blue Oval’s favor?

That’s David Vs. Goliath Right There

Let’s get the specs out of the way first. The Jeep Wrangler used here is the Rubicon trim. It is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that makes 272 horses and 295 pound-feet of twist. It has its doors and some of the body panels stripped out to bring the power-to-weight ratio somewhat closer to its rival’s.

The stock model generally weighs around 4,400 pounds, but with the body parts taken off, the Wrangler is lighter by about 220 pounds.

The Ford F-150 Monster Raptor, on the other hand, weighs around 5,700 pounds, but it comes with a stonker of an engine. The 3.5-liter, V-6 twin-turbo engine churns out 520 ponies and 515 pound-feet of torque. That’s because the truck has been tuned by a London-based specialist called Clive Sutton.

A Closely-Fought Battle

A Modded Ford F-150 Raptor and a Stripped Down Jeep Wrangler Head to the Drag Strip and We Didn't Expect the Outcome
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Coming to the battle, the trucks go against each other in three different races.

Although the Wrangler starts quicker, it eventually loses to the mighty powerful Ford F-150 Monster Raptor, which completed the quarter-mile race in 14.7 seconds.

The Wrangler was a tad bit slower and completed the same distance in 15 seconds. Yeah, just a tad bit. This is when it hits you that a truck with almost half the power of its rival is actually not that slow after all. The next one is the rolling race with both cars starting at 50 mph. Even here, the Monster beat the Wrangler quite comfortably. The last and final test was the braking one, wherein both the vehicles braked from 70 mph to see which one stops in the shortest distance. As expected, the Jeep Wrangler, thanks to its lightweight build, stops quicker than the mighty Raptor.

Final Thoughts

A Modded Ford F-150 Raptor and a Stripped Down Jeep Wrangler Head to the Drag Strip and We Didn't Expect the Outcome
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These races actually didn’t seem as lopsided as you would’ve expected. The Wrangler is an excellent off-roader, but it’s not as versatile on the tarmac as the F-150 Raptor. It will be interesting to see how a stock Raptor with 450 horses under the hood will perform against this ripped Rubicon. That would be a nice battle to watch. Which two popular pickup trucks/off-roaders would you pit in a drag race? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert -
Sidd joined the team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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