Performance variant of the Ranger pick-up truck has a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine, upgraded suspension and six driving modes

Ford has revealed the Ranger Raptor, a high-performance variant of its Ranger pick-up truck with a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine that provides 210bhp and 369lb ft.

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.

The truck shares its 10-speed automatic gearbox, which has paddle shifters mounted on the steering column, with the facelifted Mustang and the F-150 Raptor. No manual option is available. 

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.

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8 February 2018
Do it Henry, do it!

Love this!

8 February 2018

The Merkins are complaining that their Raptors only have a turbo V6 instead of a V8. Can you imagine the unrest over there if they got a diesel 4 banger??

8 February 2018

No matter how powerful.  I still doubt it will be capable of getting your builder to your home at the time and day promised!

 

8 February 2018

.... better than EcoSport......

Steam cars are due a revival.

8 February 2018

Agree. 

 

EcoSport and EcoBoost are two of the most disturbingly cringy names yet attached to a car.

8 February 2018

Another macho named penis extension for short men with small penises that need to pretend  to be real men.

8 February 2018

Is the short man/small penis obsession anything to do with the 'underdog' name?

 

 

8 February 2018
eseaton wrote:

Is the short man/small penis obsession anything to do with the 'underdog' name?

 

 

You could use this to bust into Wolfsburg and save all those monkeys. You'd have a few friends then.

8 February 2018

Looks Really good, but it needs to be more powerful. To look like that and have a 2.0 Diesel is a shame. Wasn't the raptor name given to the F150 partly because raptors are quick?

It's a shame that in the US they get the 450BHP F150 whilst we wait and see if were deserving of the 2.0 Diesel :/

Probably not, afterall, we're prime customers for the Ecosport and Ka+ apparently.

8 February 2018
fhp111 wrote:

Looks Really good, but it needs to be more powerful. To look like that and have a 2.0 Diesel is a shame. Wasn't the raptor name given to the F150 partly because raptors are quick?

It's a shame that in the US they get the 450BHP F150 whilst we wait and see if were deserving of the 2.0 Diesel :/

Probably not, afterall, we're prime customers for the Ecosport and Ka+ apparently.

And the US market Ranger is going to get the Focus RS engine (although detubed to c.250bhp) .... so if they did a US Ranger Raptor they would no doubt just give it the 320bhp RS motor.

Nice, if we had anywhere to drive it and hoon about in the UK.

 

 

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