New Ford Ranger Raptor – Pick-Up Perfection.

 Ford has launched the new Ranger Raptor – the toughest and most high-performing version ever of Europe’s best-selling pick-up. Developed by Ford Performance for the true enthusiast off-roader, the first-ever Ranger Raptor is now available to thrill-seeking customers in Ireland. The new Ranger Raptor is powered by a Bi-turbo version of Ford’s 2.0 litre EcoBlue diesel engine that delivers 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque, and is mated to Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Extreme Styling;

The commanding presence delivered by the ultimate Ranger’s imposing dimensions and extreme styling is supported by a unique Ford Performance chassis optimised for high-speed off-road driving and go-anywhere capability. Built to withstand high-impact off-road events, the Ranger Raptor’s unique, super-strong reinforced chassis frame uses high-strength, low-alloy steels to endure the punishment delivered by off-road racing. The Raptor’s race-bred suspension has been specifically crafted to tackle fearsome terrain at high-speed while remaining in complete control and comfort, using a 150 mm wider track and 51 mm taller ride height compared with the Ranger XLT. FOX shock absorbers with Position Sensitive Damping provide higher damping forces at extremes for unparalleled off-road capability, and lower damping forces in more moderate conditions for a smoother ride on-road. Front damper travel is increased by 32 per cent, and rear travel by 18 per cent. All-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres have been specially developed for the Ranger Raptor. The 33-inch (838 mm) by 11-inch (285 mm) tyres offer a tough sidewall to take on the most formidable environments with confidence, and an aggressive off-road tread pattern that provides an iron grip in wet, mud, sand and snow conditions.

Go-Anywhere Capability;

The unique chassis design is combined with optimised off-road geometry that delivers 283 mm ground clearance and 850 mm wading depth. A 32.5-degree approach angle, and ramp-over and departure angles of 24 degrees, provide impressive go-anywhere capability. The Ranger Raptor also features unique underbody protection to deflect off-road obstacles. Available in Ford Performance Blue, Colorado Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White and Conquer Grey colours with contrasting Dyno Grey accents, the new Ranger Raptor’s aggressive design is driven by performance and functionality. Ford Performance DNA is present throughout the interior, which delivers quality craftsmanship, harmonious colours and durable materials for driving scenarios from the high street to high altitude. The premium leather and suede bolstered seats are specially designed for enhanced grip and off-road high-speed support with a dual-firmness cushion for ultimate comfort.

Unique Driving Modes;

My test vehicle was a new Ranger Raptor, which was finished in striking Ford Performance Blue metallic paintwork for maximum visual impact. Drivers can select from six Terrain Management System modes to tackle a wide range of terrain and driving scenarios, including: Normal mode, Sport mode, Grass/Gravel/Snow mode, Mud/Sand mode, Rock mode, and Baja mode. While the first 5 modes are self explanatory, the Baja mode tunes responses for high-speed off-road performance, just like drivers need in the famous Baja desert rally. The one thing that really grabs attention with the Ranger Raptor is its sheer size. Park a Raptor on the street and it will dwarf a standard Ranger by a considerable amount, as it is the Raptor’s bodywork that really makes it stand out from the crowd. The Raptor’s standard BiTurbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine allows for swift acceleration for this type of off-roader, with the 0-100km/h sprint achievable in just 10.0-seconds, while fuel economy of up to 31.7mpg is possible on a combined driving cycle.

Verdict & Pricing;

The Ford Ranger Raptor has carved itself a unique place in the market simply because it’s like no other pick-up currently on sale. The engineering modifications have turned the already likeable Ranger into a seriously impressive vehicle – both on and off-road. The Ranger Raptor is priced at €63,950 (ex-delivery), and is on sale now.

Visit www.ford.ie for further information.