A first-gen Ford Raptor takes on a brand new Ford Raptor Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok, and a Mercedes X-Class in drag and rolling races.
So this isn’t quite a comparison between apples and apples. More like apples to slightly old, moldy oranges. That Raptor is a first-gen model from 2014 which means it comes with the 6.2-L V8 instead of the newer model’s 3.5-L twin-turbo high-output EcoBoost V6. Some folks prefer the 6.2-L V8 for that authentic V8 burble, but the fact remains it produces less power and less torque than the newer model, and it weighs a good 1,000 lbs more than any of its European midsize competition.
The other Ford is the Ranger Raptor, the sporty, off-road version of the Ranger that only makes it overseas (at least, so far). It has a 2.0-L turbodiesel 4-cylinder rated at 211 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is a good amount for a little 4-cylinder diesel, but it's actually the least powerful pickup in the foursome.
Next is the VW Amarok with a 3.0-L turbodiesel V6 rated at 258 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. It also has an 8-speed automatic transmission and a bed cover that might help quite a bit with aerodynamics.
Finally, the Mercedes X-Class also has a 3.0-L turbodiesel V6 but rated for 255 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission.
By the numbers, we'd expect the Amarok to come first, the X-Class second, the Ranger third, and the Raptor to be the wildcard. As an older and somewhat used model, there's no telling how many horses have escaped from the corral, as it were.
As it turns out, quite a few horses seem to have escaped. Even with the extra weight, an extra 160 hp over the nearest competition should have given the Raptor the win, but the Amarok was the clear winner in this drag race. The Mercedes and the regular Raptor tied for second, with the Ranger Raptor a distant third.
Will things get any better for the rolling race and brake test? Check out the video above to find out.