Ford prepares Ranger Raptor to leap into production
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.
"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