By Chad Kirchner

Is The Tundra TRD Pro a Better Raptor Alternative?zoom in

Many of us are pretty excited about the

Many of us are pretty excited about the new 2017 Ford Raptor that will be on sale by the end of the year. It’ll have a turbocharged engine making around 450 horsepower. It’s a truck you could drive off the lot and then immediately take on the Baja 1000. But the new truck doesn’t have a V8, and will probably be pretty pricey. Is the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD a better alternative?

First, let’s look at the powerplant. Powering the Tundra TRD Pro is a 5.7L i-Force V8 making 381 horsepower. While that’s nowhere near what the new Raptor will make, the Tundra has something that the Raptor won’t; a V8 engine. Fitted with the factory TRD exhaust, the TRD Pro Tundra sounds like a proper trophy truck. While you can make a V6 sound like a lot of things, you can’t make a V6 sound like a V8.

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Now, let’s look at the price. The TRD Pro has everything you’d expect from an off-road truck, including special off-road suspension with external reservoirs, plus chunky off-road tires. Skidplates protect the vital internals, and even the front bumper is a 3-piece unit to facilitate easier repairs.

But, the price of the TRD Pro starts at $42,445. While we aren’t sure how much the new Raptor is going to start at, I have a pretty solid feeling that it’s going to be more than that.

While neither truck will be cheap, I’d feel more comfortable damaging a $40,000 truck over a $60,000 one. I’m still a Raptor fan, but if you’re missing the V8, the TRD Pro might just be a viable substitute.

Source:: 95 Octane