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Dual-Cab Ute Power Comparison: Which V6 is Most Powerful?

With the release of the new Ford Ranger comes the news of its V6 powerplant set to transform the range from a reliable – yet underpowered fan favourite – into a genuine pack leader in the dual-cab ute market. There is, however, a proven combination for those seeking all-out power it’s called a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 VW Amarok and its V6 turbo-diesel engine puts out VERY similar figures.

We’re comparing the power of the top dual-cab utes in Australia below to settle all debates (outside of the transmission, infotainment, offroad capabilities, value, and pretty much everything else), so let’s check out the raw power figures.

Related: In a sea of Hiluxes and Rangers we love the Jeep Gladiator, here’s why.

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Image: Volkswagen

Dual-Cab Ute Power Comparison

Sometimes it just comes down to power when arguing about who’s utes the best on the worksite.

When dual-cab ute owners aren’t discussing “how to run 35-inch tires without engineering” and asking “should I tray chop the rear end for better departure angles” they’re probably talking about how much power their rig makes. In this case, we’re not comparing who’s truck can make the most on the rollers down at billy bobs dyno tooooning, but who’s has the most power with a warranty still attached to it. And don’t even for a second bring up “my LDV T60 Max has one-sixty something kilowatts” we’re sick of hearing about it, Shannon. It’s all fun and games until the site manager rolls through in his new Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with 1000 Albert Einstein’s – or should that be Newtons?

Related: Here are 10 things you should know about the new Ford Ranger before you even think about buying.

Here is the power comparison for dual-cab utes in Australia, show it to your mate and point at the rpm’s all you want but it’s not going to make your D-Max look quicker.

Ute Engine Power Torque
Ford Ranger 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 184kW @ 3,250 rpm 600Nm @ 1,750 rpm
VW Amarok 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 190kW @ 3,250 rpm 580Nm @ 1,400 rpm
Toyota Hilux 2.8-litre turbo-diesel I4 150kW @ 3000 rpm 500Nm @ 1600 rpm
Isuzu D-Max 3.0-litre turbo-diesel I4 140kW @ 3600 rpm 450Nm @ 1600 rpm
Mazda BT-50 3.0-litre turbo-diesel I4 140kW @ 3600 rpm 450Nm @ 1600 rpm
Nissan Navara 2.3-litre twin turbo-diesel I4 140kW @ 3750 rpm 450Nm @ 1500 rpm
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4-litre turbo-diesel I4 133kW @ 3500 rpm 430Nm @ 2500 rpm
Jeep Gladiator 3.6-litre petrol V6 209kW @ 6400 rpm 347Nm @ 4100 rpm
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Image: Nissan

The Biggest Take-Aways

Let’s try and settle a few arguments.

Who makes the most power?

There’s going to be a very tight race between VW Amarok and Ford Ranger V6. The Ranger makes 20Nm more on paper, however, the Amarok makes it 350 rpm sooner. The same can be said for outright power where the Amarok makes 6kW more and 16kW more on overboost. If you were to race the two it would be very close and ultimately come down to gearing, ratios, and traction at launch. Our money would be on the Amarok.

Who makes the least power?

Sadly, there’s a reason the Mitsubishi Triton has a reputation and it’s because it’s one of the least powerful utes on the market. With only 133kW to play with from 3500 rpm, it makes 7kW fewer than the trusty 4JJ found in the D-Max and BT-50 and when looking at torque it tells an even sadder story putting down just 430Nm all the way up at 2500 rpm. Only the Jeep Gladiator with 347Nm puts out less torque, but it’s petrol so we’ll give it a pass.

The middle of the pack

In the middle of the pack, you have the Hilux, D-Max, BT-50, and Navara. All of which makes around 450Nm and 140kW from about the same rpm.

Related: Ford asked its owners what they should change on the Ranger, here’s how that proved beneficial.

Concluding Thoughts

In the real world, you’d find a very close race between the new Ford Ranger V6 and VW Amarok V6. The Hilux leads the pack in the mid-range although this whole list could be upended if the rumours are true surrounding that vehicle’s powerplant replacement *Landcruiser 300* cough, cough. If that was to happen – even with a detuned engine – the Hilux would surely rip a few sales from the V6 Ranger, that is until you say, Raptor. Is anyone in the Dual-cab market besting that particular vehicle twin-turbo V6 with 292kW and 583Nm? We think not.

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Related: The 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor has been revealed as a 400HP ‘Pre-Runner’ for All Terrains.

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.