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2016-nissan-titan-xd-2017-ford-raptorsssdLet’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

It did felt like we were looking into the mirror when both these models were on display at the Detroit Auto Show. Both Ford and Nissan decided to show off their Ford F-150 Raptor and Nissan Titan Warrior at the same time.

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Both models came in with the same exterior color. The tires, and design also matched leaving many to wonder if one of them copied the other. While they might look the same on the outside, the engine under the hood is not the same at all.

The Ford F-150 Raptor was running on a 3.5 liter turbocharged engine that will be pushing out about 450hp and was mated to a 10 speed auto transmission. The Nissan Titan Warrior, on the other hand, will come in with a 5.0 liter Cummins turbodiesel engine that will be mated to a seven-speed auto transmission.

Which model do you think won at the show? Let’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

At any rate, the new Raptor promises to be more agile than ever with its lighter weight overall as well as the better balance with the boat anchor of the old 6.2 liter V8 big-block replaced with the EcoBoost V6.

 

In fairness, this isn’t an apples to apples face off because the Raptor is a production intent vehicle that lands on dealership lots this fall. It’s the real deal, not faking, you can buy one. Nissan on the other hand shows they’ve got some serious bones to work with if they press the start button to compete.

The bottom line is that it’s a good to see the automakers showing some balls in the face of ever tightening CAFE standards which are out to kill all the fun. Hopefully Nissan joins in with something like the Warrior, but even if they don’t, the Raptor ain’t a bad way to spend an afternoon at all.

Despite the Titan XD out-pacing the Raptor by a nearly four-to-one margin in terms of page views on our website, we would probably say the Raptor has a broader appeal to a general audience than the somewhat niche Titan XD. Although we expect initial demand and sales to be strong for the Titan XD, when the new Raptor starts rolling off the line, we anticipate months-long waiting lists, five-figure dealer markups, and plenty of action-packed photos of it kicking up sand, blasting across lake beds, and jumping whoops online and in magazines. Let’s face it, the Raptor is sexy in a way that the handsome, but comparatively staid Titan just can’t quite match.

 

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