This is the 210bhp Ford Ranger Raptor
It's a high-performance variant of the Ranger pick-up truck...
...with a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine providing 210bhp and 369lb ft of torque
The truck's punchier engine should allow a sub-10-sec 0-60mph time; the 450bhp V6-engined F-150 Raptor achieves the sprint in 6.1sec
Official performance figures are yet to be released, but the upgraded performance likely makes the car quicker than the 3.2-litre TDCi-engined Ranger M-Sport Double Cab, which reaches 62mph in 10.6sec
At the moment, the Ranger Raptor is being introduced to Asian markets alone, but the model is under consideration for American and European markets, including the UK
A decision hasn’t yet been made. The model will not be at the Geneva motor show next month, however
Front suspension is upgraded to Fox Racing shock absorbers, while the rear set-up features a new Watt’s linkage system with coilovers
The car shares its 10-speed automatic gearbox with the facelifted Mustang and F-150 Raptor, with paddle shifters mounted on the steering column. No manual option is offered
Off-road speed is a priority for the Ford Performance-developed model, so a set of knobbly BF Goodrich tyres have been specially developed for it
Official performance figures are yet to be released, but the truck's punchier engine should allow a sub-10-sec 0-60mph time. The larger, 450bhp V6-engined F-150 Raptor achieves the sprint in 6.1sec, while the 3.2-litre TDCi-engined Ranger M-Sport Double Cab takes 10.6sec.
At the moment, the Ranger Raptor is being introduced to Asian markets only, but it's under consideration for American and European markets, including the UK. The model will not be shown at the Geneva motor show next month.
The Ranger Raptor's front suspension is upgraded to feature Fox Racing shock absorbers, while the rear set-up gains a new Watt's linkage system with coilovers. Off-road speed is a priority for the Ford Performance-developed model, so a set of knobbly BF Goodrich tyres have been specially developed for it.
Ford has lifted the Ranger to give the Raptor variant a ground clearance of 283mm, while the front and rear tracks have been widened to 1710mm. The chassis has been modified to handle high-speed off-roading, while the brakes are now 332mm, up from 323mm. The calipers are larger than the standard model's, too, at 54mm.
There are no fewer than six selectable driving modes, with Normal and Sport the on-road modes. Sport tweaks gearshifts to be at higher revs and downshifts more readily when required.
The four off-road drive modes tackle different terrains: Grass, Gravel and Snow; Mud and Sand; Rock; and Baja, which brings the benefits of Sport while scaling back interference from the traction control for high-speed off-road driving.
The Ranger is key in Ford's UK commercial vehicle operations; with around 13,000 examples sold here last year, it made up 10% of the brand’s commercial vehicle sales and was the best-selling pick-up in 2017.
Meanwhile, the Transit Custom accounted for 60,000 sales, or just under half of Ford’s commercial vehicle registrations.
Although the Ranger Raptor isn’t yet confirmed for UK sale, Ford is expanding the Ranger line-up with a Ranger Black Edition that will go on sale in the first quarter of 2018, followed by another special edition in April.
If enough demand for the Ranger Raptor is recognised in the UK, the model will be sold here.