VW Amarok Dominates First-Gen Ford F150 Raptor In A Fun Drag Race No One Asked For

Gathering the latest crop of Europe’s pickup trucks for a drag race isn’t what these machines are made for but nevertheless the result is always amusing; especially when you throw in a first-gen Ford F-150 Raptor to see how it compares against the smaller diesel trucks.

Carwow pitted the Ford Ranger Raptor against the most powerful VW Amarok V6 TDI and the Mercedes X350d V6 while bringing along the original F150 Raptor that uses a V8 petrol engine.

It’s certainly the first time we see the big Raptor going against trucks that are not available in the US and the result was fairly surprising; we expected the V8-powered American truck to easily win this one but apparently the range-topping VW Amarok had other plans.

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The first-gen Ford F150 Raptor SuperCrew is powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 411 HP and 431 lb-ft (585 Nm) of torque bolted to a six-speed automatic gearbox, making it the only vehicle here to be using petrol and is of course the only full-size truck.

Ford’s latest Raptor is the smaller Ranger, which makes use of a twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, producing 210 HP (213 PS) and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque and paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, making it the least powerful player in this race.

The Mercedes X-Class is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine in its range-topping X350d form; the unit makes 255hp (258PS) and 405lb-ft (550Nm) of torque and works in conjunction with a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Finally we get the VW Amarok V6 TDI and more specifically the most powerful of the range as its 3.0-liter V6 produces 254 HP (258 PS) and 427 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Ok, so maybe Amarok’s win shouldn’t come as a surprise if you count in that it’s lighter, wears a bed hardtop and, unlike the old Raptor, is fitted with on-road tires, but the result from that braking test remains pretty alarming to say the least.


  • Bo Hanan

    The idea that a British person thinks a “pick-up” (truck) represents a cowboy *i.e. America Southwest* is ignorant. I let this guy off on a lot of stupid stuff but this is just annoyingly stupid. I mean the VW truck isn’t even sold in America.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      It’s kinda like every UK citizen has bad teeth, drinks tea and lives in a quaint village in the shire or London.
      Stereotypes are used to embroider a storyline.

      • Don’tBeSoStupid

        To be fair when I opened a bank account in Scotland the first thing they asked was if I wanted a cuppa tea.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Most do that online these days. When was this? Nineteen Canteen?

  • Bash

    Not fair to add two fords. Even not fair to bring the raptor variant. Just saying. And the x-class, really?
    I’m just saying this is all useless. Meh!!

    • Matt

      Whoa there – the drag race is for entertainment. Why not the X-Class? It’s the second most powerful pick-up sold in Europe (behind the Amarok V6) so it makes sense to have it in the race.

  • Ben

    There are so many possibilities as to why Marty bought a pickup truck rather than “pickup truck vanity.” Maybe he likes to go offroad, has something to tow, owns a dirt bike or runs a business that requires a truck. Just because his vehicle is bigger than yours doesn’t mean he is being vain.

  • Rocket

    Why the first generation Raptor? And how many miles are on it? I know this is not a serious test, but at minimum they should have tested current models in near new condition.

    • Matt

      Not really, as you say it’s not a ‘serious’ test so anything goes. CarWow always pit odd match-ups together, cars of different ages and value. Not to mention who in the UK is going to give their rare, privately-imported second gen F-150 Raptor to CarWow to thrash? They were just lucky to get any Raptor really.

      I still think it’s an interesting test – a 400bhp V8 against some smaller diesels, I guarantee everyone would have assumed the American car would have won before the test.

      Also the F-150 had 30k on the clock, so it was hardly worn out (except maybe for the brake pads!)

  • Bo Hanan
  • db

    Well seeing they are “trucks” and not intentionally made for off the line racing, how about they are tested for what they are designed for, say throw say, 500 pounds in the back or hook up a trailer and let’s try it again.

    • Matt

      Actually both Raptors are not really designed for towing or carrying big loads, their unique suspension means that they have lower towing and carrying capacities than the standard F-150 and Ranger models.

      The video is just a bit of fun, everyone on YouTube loves drag races.

    • Looking at the torque numbers the results would be the same

  • MarketAndChurch

    The F-150 is 800lbs heavier than the VW and Mercedes, so it is impressive that it still manages to keep up. The Ranger is just under-powered in both hp and torque.

    • Well not really impressive… The Raptor has 50hp per tonne more than the Amarok

      • MarketAndChurch

        That is interesting. What is the Mercedes excuse than? Why is it neck-in-neck with the F-150, and slower than the Amarok? Does its torque kick in slower and does it only stretch its legs as you speed past certain gears? I don’t think off-road trucks with off-road suspensions are set up (engine, suspension, wheels, brakes, etc.) the way that regular trucks are, but I might be wrong. Still a fun comparison, but hp and torque and weight obviously don’t tell the whole story.

  • Bob

    I don’t know if scared is it. They probably don’t have easy access to one. The turbo v6 would be a lot quicker but it’s also interesting, as a none American, to see how “our” pickups compare.

    • FordMopar

      Could be the reason. I know it’s a fun race but ah well…

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