The new Ford Ranger has grown some talons, transforming into the rugged, extremely off-road-capable Ford Ranger Raptor you see here.
Like the its bigger brother, the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor is a high-performance pickup truck for those who find regular pickups too mundane, featuring the necessary tools needed to tackle virtually any terrain. Let’s check the facts:
- It goes on sale first in Asia with an all-new twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel inline four that produces 210 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, paired with the same 10-speed automatic transmission found in the F-150 Raptor. That whopping amount of torque should be enough to get things moving, won’t you say?
- The Raptor Ranger’s assortment of off-road improvements including Fox Racing Shox dampers, dent-resistant composite fenders, an integrated tow bar with tow hooks, bespoke BF Goodrich All-Terrain 285/70 R17 tires, and the F-150 Raptor’s off-roading modes.
- Ford says the trucks’ stance is “noticeably bigger from every angle,” featuring wider front and rear tracks over the standard Ranger. Ground clearance is increased to 283 mm (11.14 inches), while the approach angle of 32.5 degrees, ramp over angle of 24 degrees, and departure angle of 24 degrees as a package are superior to anything seen before.
- Ford’s engineers reinforced the frame, added Fox Racing Shox to better handle high-speed impacts, and gave the rear suspension coilovers and a solid axle with a Watt’s-link system.
The Ford Ranger Raptor looks promising and should give the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro a serious fight when it launches in North America with what will likely be a more powerful engine than the Asian model.
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