2012 Ultimate 4x4 Shootout Video Preview

2012 Ultimate 4x4 Shootout Video Preview

When you offer your opinions, we listen. Not long ago, we pulled off the world's first head-to-head contest between the Ford SVT Raptor and Mopar's Ram Runner, a Shootout we called the Duel in the Desert. More than a few readers noted the competition could be seen as unfair because the Raptor was a factory-built supermodel and the Ram Runner was basically an aftermarket Frankenstein.

Fine, we said, so we made the call to each of the major pickup truck makers and asked them to send us their absolute best off-road package to compete in our first-ever Ultimate 4x4 Shootout. The four trucks we have for this contest, in alphabetical order by brand, are the Ford SVT Raptor (below), Nissan Frontier PRO-4X, Ram Power Wagon and Toyota Tacoma Baja. We should note that, with a new truck on the horizon, GM declined to participate.

Our Shootout will be posted later next week. But for now, we'll be releasing a short video of each competitor over the next few days. Here's the first, with more to follow.


@Dave, 5.3LOL
Ford850 is correct. C&D didn't get the numbers wrong, but the write-up can be a bit misleading. If you read the article closely it does say the 5.7 is with the 6-speed (I missed it though - thanks TypeKey for catching my mistake). I'm sure whenever the EPA numbers are released for the 5.7 with 8-speed, there will be a marked improvement.

I agree that article was poorly written. But I figured if it sounds too good to be true, it is probably not true. ;)

So does that mean then that the lighter materials, airbag suspension with lowering on highway, and grille shutters did not improve the highway mileage at all? If so that is disappointing.

The grille shutters/stop stop etc are for 8 speed only.

The weight loss and air suspension wasn't enough to register an increase I guess.

The air suspension is optional so they would not have mattered anyway. It has to be standard feature to increase the rating.

Oh. Well then a fully configured hemi with the 8 speed and the rest may still turn out some pretty good mileage then. Guess we will have to wait and see.

@BigAl, "The competition is tough, but the power of our Mopar engines keeps our drivers up front. The 2012 season is shaping up to be another memorable one for Mopar and Ram in the TORC Series."

Just two-and-a-half weeks after Mopar introduced the new 800-horsepower V-10 Competition Race Engine at the 2011 SEMA show, the off-road racing derivative of the crate engine made its debut in last weekend’s 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, powering a Ram 1500 driven by Kent Kroeker and Alan Roach to the Class 8 win .

@HEMI V8 - V10??????? Who cares? It isn't a production engine that will find its way into a pickup we can buy. Same goes for all the BS about the Top Fuel Hemi - who cares?
These engines aren't going to be powering anything road legal.

I guess you do not care about road legal since you weren't concerned about properly insuring your Mustang.

"GM declined to participate."

That is GM's new motto.

Posted by: Frank | Sep 11, 2012 6:40:18 PM

Frankie Troll,
It must have slipped your mind that FORD DECLINED the HD Diesel Shootout recently. They had to go out and purchase a Super Dooty for the test. Your statement is like the pot calling the kettle BLACK!
I love how you come in this blog and call people trolls. Just the other day I was reading through the forum and saw several posts from FRANK F-250. Nearly every post involved negative trolling by you against someone's opinion or truck. You, FRANK, ARE THE TROLL.

@ LS

that is the most intelligent thing i have read on these blogs yet, i have also 4 wheeled most of my life and you are 100% correct, well said sir !

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