by Morton E. . Dec 31, 2023

Dust Devils Duel: Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Raptor R Battle for Off-Road Supremacy

Image Credit: Edmunds Cars/YouTube

Hold onto your hats, car enthusiasts, because the latest automotive dust-up involves two titans: the all-electric Rivian R1T and the gas-guzzling Ford F-150 Raptor R. In a recent Edmunds face-off, these trucks went head-to-head on dirt roads, pushing their limits in a thrilling display of power and precision.

The Rivian R1T packs a punch with over 800 horsepower in its top trim, boasting comfy air suspension and enough tech wizardry to tackle any terrain. But is it nimble enough to outrun a Baja racer like the Raptor R? Buckle up, because we're about to find out.

Electric vs. Gas: A Dirt-Track Showdown

First up, a high-speed sprint on a dusty straightaway. The quad-motor R1T, despite hitting over 100 mph, felt a bit all over the place, according to Edmunds' off-road guru Emme Halle. 

But don't underestimate this electric beast. The R1T rockets from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5 seconds and devours the quarter-mile in 13.39 seconds – all the while kicking up a serious dust cloud. That's a 13.39-second quarter mile on a dirt road.

Raptor R Roars Back

The 5.2-liter V8-powered Raptor R isn't a slouch either. The 700-horsepower monster throws its 640 lb-ft of torque around like nobody's business, especially on unpaved roads. While it was slightly slower than the R1T in the 0-60 and quarter-mile races, the Raptor R took the lead in the half-mile test, according to InsideEVs.

Suspension Showdown: Comfort vs. Control

The R1T glides on air suspension, offering a smooth ride even over the roughest terrain. Meanwhile, the Raptor R relies on coil springs and fancy Live Valve Fox shocks for its bouncy, yet incredibly controlled, handling. But when it comes to keeping your soda from spilling at 25 mph, the R1T's air suspension reigns supreme.

The Verdict: Pick Your Poison

As Emme wisely points out, these trucks cater to different tastes. The Raptor R is a speed demon built for blasting through deserts and conquering sand dunes. The R1T, on the other hand, is more of an explorer's dream, offering tech-driven comfort and impressive off-road prowess without the ear-splitting roar of a V8.

So, which truck reigns supreme? It depends on your priorities. Craving a thrill ride over moon craters? The Raptor R is your huckleberry. Prefer a tech-infused adventure companion that won't rattle your teeth? The R1T might be your perfect match.

No matter your choice, one thing's for sure: this dirt-track duel is just the beginning of a thrilling rivalry between electric and gas-powered off-road titans. Buckle up, folks, because the dust has just settled on round one.

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