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Ranger Raptor is the ‘toughest and most advanced’ Ranger yet

Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford claims that its next-generation and next-level Ranger Raptor is the “most advanced Ranger ever made”.

It says that its newest machine raises the off-road performance bar as a pick-up built for “true” enthusiasts.

The Next-Gen Ranger Raptor is what it regards as the ultimate performance derivative of the all-new Ford Ranger.

It boasts smarter technology controlling tougher and next-generation hardware, blending raw power with mechanical and technical precision.

In Dave Burn’s, Ford Performance chief programme engineer for Ranger Raptor, words, “it is significantly faster, looks incredible, is packed with new features, and is the toughest Ranger we have ever made”.

“We have focused on delivering a genuine performance truck with the Next-Gen Ranger Raptor. The acceleration and raw performance of the new powertrain leave you grinning from ear-to-ear.”

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“We knew that customers would expect improved performance with the Next-Gen Ranger Raptor. However, I am not sure they are expecting the enormous leap we have made. It is a seriously fun truck to drive, and I think the raw performance is going to blow them away.”

Ford Ranger Raptor

Some of its key features:

  • Class-exclusive electronically controlled active exhaust system delivers adjustable engine sounds with four exhaust modes to suit different driving scenarios;
  • Twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 delivers 288 PS and 491 Nm of torque for phenomenal on- and off-road ability;
  • A new anti-lag system, available in Baja mode, keeps the turbochargers spinning for up to three seconds after the driver backs off the throttle. This allows for the faster resumption of acceleration out of corners or through the gears when the driver steps back on the accelerator;
  • Seven selectable drive modes and re-engineered suspension featuring Ford Performance-developed FOX® 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass shock absorbers;
  • Advanced new full-time four-wheel-drive system. This includes electronically‑controlled on‑demand two-speed transfer case and locking front and rear differentials;
  • Preferred engine sounds: quiet, normal, sport, and Baja.
Driving modes
  • Advanced full-time four-wheel-drive system with an all-new electronically‑controlled on-demand two-speed transfer case, combined with front and rear locking differentials – a valuable feature for hardcore off-road enthusiasts;
  • Drive mode: on-road: Normal – designed for comfort and fuel efficiency, sport – more responsive for spirited on-road driving and slippery – for more confident driving on slippery or uneven surfaces;
  • Off-road drive modes: Rock crawl – for optimum control in very low-speed driving over extremely rocky and uneven terrain. Sand – optimises gearchanges and power delivery for progress in sand and deep snow. Mud/Ruts – for maximum grip during launch and maintaining vehicle momentum. Baja – sets all systems to maximum attack for peak high-speed off-road performance;
  • Trail Control™, which is like cruise control for off-roading. The driver simply selects a set speed below 32 km/h, and the vehicle will manage its acceleration and braking while the driver concentrates on steering through difficult terrain. 

Order books for the Next-Gen Ranger Raptor are now open, enabling customers to specify and order the ultimate performance pick-up.

Customers can build and price their dream Ranger Raptor using the automaker’s online configurator, choosing from colour options including arctic white, blue lightning, and code orange.

Also, they can select features such as the Raptor exterior dress-up pack, a splash decal package, functional load bars and roller shutters.

The company has confirmed that it will commence customer deliveries of the second-generation Ranger Raptor in late summer.

Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe, said:

“Being able to build their dream Next-Gen Ranger Raptor is now a reality for our customers – and they can experiment with the range of options with our online configurator.”

“Whatever the combination, Ranger Raptor will always deliver its trademark ultimate off-road driving experience,” Schep concluded.

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