The Ford Ranger Raptor is the top of the range ute at Motorama Ford.
We took a closer look at the hot ute.
The latest trend amongst the tight competition of utes is to trick them out with accessories, or even a whole new drivetrain setup, to cater to drivers who need a tough, practical and durable work vehicle – but will stand out onsite.
Enter the Ford Ranger Raptor.
Taking cues from the huge pick-up trucks in its native home of the US – the Ranger Raptor is technically the ‘smaller’ cousin of the all-American F-150, built on the same assembly line as the regular Ranger variants – but with an entirely different setup under the skin.
The Ranger Raptor comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, which may not sound like it’ll bother the speed limit – but it cranks out 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque (for reference, the Ranger Wildtrak puts out 147kW/400Nm.)
Plus, it also comes with a new ten-speed automatic gearbox, shared with the American F-150 Raptor and Mustang GT, to deliver more torque earlier, as well as smoother power delivery across the rev range.
A new Terrain Management System using cops a ‘Baja’ mode – seemingly for off-roading at speed – in addition to the modes that come with the regular 4WD Rangers.
As for the suspension, the leaf springs are out – replaced by Watts-Linkage coils – while the drum brakes of the regular Ranger are gone in favour of massive disc brakes. It’s a good thing too - because the Raptor now comes standard with 33-inch tyres sitting on a track that’s 150mm wider and Fox Racing Shox shock absorbers, meaning it’s less of a ute and more of a tank when you’re heading over rough roads and beyond.
The chassis has been completely redone – strengthened with high strength, low alloy steel – and fitted with a thick bash plate to protect all the underbody gubbins. That’s if anything can hit it, since the ground clearance has been jacked up to 283mm.
All the driver assist technologies are on-board too, with Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start and Hill Descent Assist, Load Adaptive Control, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and Roll Over Mitigation.
The cabin has been spruced up with new leather interiors, magnesium paddle shifters for manual gear changes and a custom instrument cluster.
Despite all the under body fiddling from the Ford Performance team, interior dimensions are unchanged from the rest of the Ranger family.
If you want a Ford Ranger Raptor in your driveway, you’ll have to part with $74,990 (before on road costs.)
That may seem like a fair chunk of change, but with the huge modifications to make the Ranger Raptor capable off-road as well as quick, thanks to the Ford Performance team, the extras are worth more than the $10,000 jump from the top-spec Ranger Wildtraks.
Dealer deliveries are scheduled for September 2018 and production hasn’t been capped (like the early days of the Mustang.) But there has been much demand for the Raptor, so it’s best to put your order in sooner rather than later.
The team at Motorama Ford can help get you into the Ranger Raptor, just speak to the friendly Sales Advisors on the new hot ute today to place an order.
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