What’s the quickest way to start a fight? Tell the owner of a Ford Ranger that his beloved bakkie is inferior to a Volkswagen Amarok with its “undersized” 2.0-litre engine.
Not that we think it is. Both bakkies are superb vehicles in their own right. But when we decided to have some fun and drag race these two, the bakkie internet nearly collapsed.
The Ranger pilot, Juandré Marais, was called a poor driver and some even accused us of rigging the race. We might have entertained these ridiculous insults if it wasn’t for the fact that the owner of MotorTalk also owns (and loves) a 3.2-litre Ford Ranger double-cab (DC) auto. Also, the whole Bakkie Wars thing is a light-hearted bit of unscientific fun. So we urge Ford owners not to take it too seriously and get their blood pressure up to dangerous levels. Leave that for the Super XV rugger series.
While we’re at it, the same health warning goes for Nissan and Toyota owners. Their bakkies, the 2.5-litre, turbo-diesel Navara DC 4x4 auto and the 3.0-litre, turbo-diesel Hilux DC 4x4 manual were next in line to take on the 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel Amarok DC 4x4 auto.
This is what happened:
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