Ford F-150 XLT Hits 10-Second Quarter Mile with Supercharger Upgrade
In the realm of half-ton pickup trucks, speed demons are a rare breed, especially when seeking factory-built options. The allure of the Raptor R comes with a hefty price tag, and while Raptors excel off-road, what if you crave a street-and-strip land missile without breaking the bank? Enter the Ford F-150 XLT, a budget-friendly powerhouse that, thanks to a supercharger kit from Ford Performance, recently tore through the quarter mile in a blistering 10 seconds.
Ford Performance offers a 3.0-liter supercharger kit compatible with 2021 to 2023 F-150 models. This kit, featuring a Whipple blower, unleashes 700 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a formidable 590 pound-feet (800 Nm) at 5,000 rpm from the 5.0-liter Coyote V8. The video showcases an F-150 XLT, equipped with a powerful yet mysterious supercharger under the hood, tearing up the asphalt with drag radials on each corner and lightweight alloy wheels with red-lipped accents.
Affordable Power Upgrade:
Priced at $9,500, the Ford Performance Whipple supercharger kit transforms the F-150 XLT into a formidable force on the drag strip. Considering the base price of an F-150 XLT with the double-overhead-cam V8 at $46,495 (including destination), this affordable power upgrade demonstrates that high-performance quarter-mile runs don’t necessarily require a six-figure investment.
10-Second Truck Triumph:
In a remarkable feat captured by ImportRace, the F-150 XLT achieves an astonishing quarter-mile time of 10.11 seconds at 137.50 mph, showcasing its prowess as a 10-second truck. This performance surpasses even factory-spec Ford F-150 models, with the Police Responder topping out at 120 mph and the standard Raptor matching that speed. The video also captures a second run at 10.15 seconds, underlining the consistency of the F-150 XLT’s quarter-mile dominance.
Evolution Since “The Fast and the Furious”:
Reflecting on the iconic line from “The Fast and the Furious” about owing someone a 10-second car, the F-150 XLT has redefined expectations by becoming a 10-second truck. The evolution of speed and power since the film’s release in 2001 is evident, with this pickup truck outperforming heavily tuned V8-powered counterparts in drag races.
Future of High-Performance Pickups:
While the F-150 Raptor R will remain a unique offering after the 2025 model year, other contenders in the pickup realm face changes. Ram discontinues the Hellcat-powered TRX after 2024 in favor of the RHO, equipped with a high-output version of the Hurricane twin-turbo I6. Meanwhile, the Silverado 1500 from General Motors steers clear of supercharged small blocks, instead showcasing the powerful Chevy Silverado EV RST with 754 horsepower.
The Ford F-150 XLT’s 10-second quarter-mile triumph, powered by the Ford Performance Whipple supercharger kit, cements its status as a formidable force in the realm of half-ton pickup trucks. With an affordable yet potent upgrade, this street-and-strip land missile showcases the evolving landscape of high-performance pickups, proving that exhilarating quarter-mile runs are within reach without breaking the bank.
Photo: ImportRace on YouTube