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Designed by the Ford Performance team and based on the updated Ranger due later this year, the Raptor shows styling cues inspired by the F-truck version such as a wide "Ford" embossed black grille above a frame-mounted and toughened bumper with LED fog lamps and fully-functional air dams that decrease wind resistance for a better drag co-efficient.
Engine: So, Ford tells us that the Ranger Raptor will come with a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine when it hits overseas showrooms. The four-cylinder is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford F-150 Raptor just received a new little baby brother, the new Range Raptor. "Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance", said Ford Performance chief engineer Jamal Hameedi. The new bash plate is made from 2.3mm thick high-strength steel and meets enhanced capabilities for strength inline with Ford Performance requirements. And since off-roading is what the Ranger Raptor was designed for, it features 32.5-inch approach, 24-degree ramp over, and 24-degree departure angles.
At the rear, a modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. Front and rear tracks measure 1710mm. The chassis uses various grades of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel.
The seats are specially designed for off-road high speed performance support, allowing the driver to engage in enthusiastic handling, while also providing superior on-road comfort. Speaking of suspension, the conventional leaf spring items often found on the rear of utes have been tossed out in favour of Watt's linkage suspension complete with a coilover spring setup.
Comparing the full-cab versions - the only Ranger Raptor available, and by far the most commonly bought F-150 Raptor configuration - it comes as no surprise that, at nearly 232 inches, the F-150 based Raptor is longer than the 213 inch Ranger version. The Ranger Raptor has a diesel.
The truck rides on all-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres so it comes ready for the rock trails and dunes of the Middle East, which makes us pretty confident that this pick-up will eventually make its way to our region, otherwise Ford Middle East needs to catch a wake up.
Behind the big tyres are 332mm wide ventilated rotors all-round sitting between 9.5mm wider twin-piston callipers upfront and a single-calliper rear.
Thanks to its four-wheel-drive system, it'll also be able to carry its speed over any reasonable kind of surface, helped by a reinforced suspension and BFGoodrich all-terrain tires.
In this setting, systems like traction control are pared back in terms of intervention, and the 10-speed transmission acts similarly to Sport by holding gears and downshifting more aggressively.
"It is unbelievable to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush", said Hameedi. "It really is like a motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck - it's an incredible, awesome experience!" There are also blue highlights and leather accents throughout the cabin, along with a new steering wheel with perforated leather grip sections and magnesium paddle shifters.
Ford's comprehensive Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system is also there to help in hard cornering and braking situations.