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Ford prepares Ranger Raptor to leap into production

Ford prepares Ranger Raptor to...
The Ford Ranger Raptor will be landing next year
The Ford Ranger Raptor will be landing next year
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The Ford Ranger Raptor will be landing next year
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The Ford Ranger Raptor will be landing next year
The Ranger Raptor will be available in Asia Pacific
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The Ranger Raptor will be available in Asia Pacific
Ford is taking the leap and producing a Ranger Raptor
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Ford is taking the leap and producing a Ranger Raptor
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Ford is preparing to unleash another Raptor, but it won't be an F-150. The mid-size Ranger is currently being given a Ford Performance makeover, with all the hardware for some serious high-speed off-roading.

When we say launch, we really mean it: just look at those photos. Details about the Raptor are hard to come by at the moment, but it's likely to be a serious upgrade over the current range-topping Wildtrak. That car makes 147 kW (197 hp) of power and 470 Nm (347 lb-ft) of torque from a five-cylinder diesel engine, and relies on a relatively conventional suspension setup for 237 mm (9.3 in) of ground clearance.

By way of comparison, the current F-150 Raptor on sale in the US has 336 kW (450 hp) and 691 Nm (510 lb-ft) from its twin-turbo V6 engine, which is hooked up to a 10-speed auto. Its clever four-wheel drive system has six drive modes, and Ford has gone to great lengths to prove that yes, given enough space, it will jump.

Ford is taking the leap and producing a Ranger Raptor
Ford is taking the leap and producing a Ranger Raptor

"We are very excited to bring Asia Pacific's toughest and smartest pickup truck to a whole new level," says Trevor Worthington, vice president, product development, Ford Asia Pacific. "Ford Ranger Raptor will offer Ranger fans a fantastic opportunity to own an authentic off-road performance version of their favorite truck for the first time."

The current Ranger isn't available in the US, but the next-generation model will be available in North America. That means this Ranger Raptor isn't likely to make it Stateside. New Atlas will be keeping a close eye on the Ranger Raptor in the lead up to its launch, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check the car out in the video below.

Source: Ford Australia

Testing The Ultimate Performance Off-road Truck | Ford Australia

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4 comments
davgrn
I would like to see it as a regular mid-size pickup. I don't want a frigging 4 door truck.
ljaques
Those are kinda fun lookin', but I'll bet they ask $80-100k for them. They'd better make other paint jobs available, though. Puke Pattern doesn't work for most people. Davgrn, I bought a 2007 Tundra, one of the last standard cab (2dr) trucks Toyota made. I love the short turning radius the truck has, which all the 4-door trucks from every manufacturer now _disallow_ due to the long wheelbases, whether 2 or 4WD. If enough people demand 2dr trucks, they might go back to making them. Write to the manufacturers. Make 'em listen.
Derek Howe
I would also like a 2 door truck...I don't need a 27' truck where I have to do a 10 point turn, just to park it.
Gregg Eshelman
Silly Ford. Never should have discontinued the Sport Trak.