There is a new Amarok, born out of a collaboration between Ford and Volkswagen. Those who have been waiting for the new Amarok should already know that VW opted to adopt Ford’s Power Stroke diesel engine and 10-speed transmission for its midsize trucks. Yes, it drops the previous TDI V6 and an 8-speed torque converter that delivers more power than the Blue Oval oil burner. Is this a good move for VW? That, we have not seen.
But to illustrate the difference between VW’s own TDI V6 versus Ford’s Power Stroke V6 diesel (and hence the new VW Amarok), Car Expert set up a drag race between the old Amarok and the new Ford Ranger V6.
For the record, the old Amarok 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine produces 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts) and 428 pound-feet (580 Newton-meters) of torque. It had an overboost feature that allowed the driver to access up to 268 hp (200 kW), which is something the Ranger doesn’t have.
Meanwhile, Ranger’s new 3.0-liter turbo V6 produces less power at 247 hp (184 kW) but more torque at 443 lb-ft (600 Nm). It could be tough competition between the old VW and the new Ranger, but Ford has a weakness in terms of weight.
Sure enough, the old Amarok was faster than the Ranger in a 1/8 mile sprint, even with the extra passengers on the German pickup. It is faster at most ends, especially at sprints up to 100 km/h (62 miles per hour) and at speeds when crossing boundaries.
With VW adopting a Ford power plant for its new Amarok, the truck is expected to be a bit slower than its predecessor. However, Ford’s DNA has given the nameplate more off-road capability than ever before, so there you have it.