Toyota Tundra Hybrid Drag Races Silverado, GMC Sierra, F-150 Hybrid


The all-new Toyota Tundra is for 2022, and it includes a powerful 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain. How did the factory deal with the fierce competition from Detroit-based trucks? Given the extreme range of engines and trim levels available from Ford, GMC, and Chevrolet, the answer can of course vary depending on the competitor.

In this new video from Fast Track Truck, competitors cover almost all bases. The Tundra packs the aforementioned V6 hybrid, which makes 437 horsepower (326 kilowatts) and 583 pound-feet (790 Newton-meters) of torque. It’s not the only hybrid, though – the Ford F-150 in the fight is also an electrified model in the King Ranch trim, bringing 430 hp (321 kW) and 570 lb-ft (773 Nm) to the party.

The GMC Sierra AT4x offers the only V8 in the group with a naturally aspirated 6.2 liter engine that produces 420 hp (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) of rev. The Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss is also different with the engine, adding a bit of diesel with a Duramax 3.0-liter turbo that produces 277 hp (207 kilowatts). It’s the least powerful truck in its group, but with 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) of torque, it’s the same as the GMC Sierra’s V8.

Now that we know the players, all that’s left is to manage them. With the Tundra being a rookie, every truck gets a new challenge starting with the diesel-powered Silverado. As you can probably guess, Toyota’s significant power advantage means the Silverado has no chance of keeping up. Surprisingly, the GMC Sierra is not much better despite having much more power. Chalk up a drag race that takes place a mile above sea level in the mountains. Naturally aspirated engines lose less punch in thinner air compared to forced induction engines.

The real race here is hybrid-versus-hybrid. On paper, the Tundra has slightly more power than the F-150 and the race is indeed closer. There’s something magical in the water at Ford, though, as the F-150 Hybrid leaves Toyota for dead despite having less muscle under the hood. Two races were held, one with Toyota in 2WD and the other in 4WD but that didn’t matter. Telemetry shows the F-150 Hybrid converts a mid-time of 14 seconds into a quarter mile, versus a high 15-second time for Toyota.

But the racing action doesn’t end there. For some family rivalries, the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado line up for the fight, and it’s a much closer race than you might think. The altitude certainly takes a bit of juice from the naturally aspirated V8 GMC Sierra, but is that enough for the 277-hp diesel Silverado to win? We’ll let the video tell the story of that one.


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