German Auto Journalist Drives Ford Raptor, Gets His Mind Blown

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Even in the land of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and BMW, the high-performance Ford F-150 Raptor obliterates people’s expectations.

Aside from hardcore Chevy and Ram loyalists, it’s nearly impossible to find a human being who isn’t captivated by the mighty Ford F-150 Raptor. We at Ford Truck Enthusiasts figured that the only people who might not be so dazzled by the off-road champ are folks who aren’t exposed to pickup trucks, to begin with. But who could that be? The Europeans, that’s who!

Our YouTube quest gifted us this epic video from Germany-based JP Performance. You might say, “A German behind the wheel of a Raptor?” Yes, it sounds a little crazy, and not because of the journalist’s nationality, but because the test takes place on German roads where 1.5-liter diesel-powered miniature hatchbacks are the norm. You know, cars about a quarter of the size of a Raptor.


Right off the bat, the host and his team are impressed by how something so big and heavy can be so fast and agile. With the throttle down and truck sideways, the incessant giggling of the trio is an obvious sign that they’re enjoying themselves. In the end, the notorious perfectionist Germans can only complain about one thing — the price — which in Germany is the equivalent of approximately $119,000 US dollars. (Or so the funky YouTube translator function told us.)

While nearly impossible for us to understand everything said, we were taken aback by how many times the word “horny” was used. It seems this “condition” perfectly described how the truck made the host feel — unless it has a different meaning in Deutsch slang. (If you know, please fill us in.)

It appears that our quest to find a human being who isn’t impressed with the Raptor shall continue!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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