- New Ford Performance pickup built for high-speed off-road driving
- Fully re-engineered, new super-tough looks, loads of standard kit
- Powered by 213hp twin-turbo engine with 10-speed auto gearbox
This is the new Ford Ranger Raptor high-performance pickup truck, and it will be going on sale in the UK in 2019. No other pickup officially sold in Europe offers anything like the capabilty promised by the Ranger Raptor.
Want to go fast off road without doing your own modifications? Then this could be the pickup for you. Designed and engineered by Ford Performance, it’s almost impossible to over-stress what a serious piece of kit this is.
'Forget everything you know about pickups,' says Ford Performance European director, Leo Roeks. 'Our new Ranger Raptor is a different breed - a thoroughbred desert racer and extreme lifestyle off-roader that can toil with the best of them in the harshest of working conditions.'
Powered by a 213hp 2.0-litre EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engine and fitted with a 10-speed automatic gearbox, plus a whole host of other modifications, it combines the regular Ford Ranger we know and love with all the attitude of the outstandingly capable F-150 Raptor Ford sells in the USA.
Watch it in action in the offical Ford Ranger Raptor video below.
Originally developed for the pickup-crazy South East Asian markets, where it was revealed earlier in 2018, the Ranger Raptor was announced for Europe at the Gamescom trade fair – the first time a vehicle has ever been launched at this computer game event.
Reason being, the new pickup will be staring in the Forza Horizon 4 racing game as well as appearing in dealer showrooms next year.
Following this, it's also set to go on display at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September.
What’s so special about the Ford Ranger Raptor?
To say the Raptor is based on the regular Ranger is at once true but also an immense understatement. This is not simply a case of bolting on a bodykit and some raised suspension. At all.
The list of modifications is, frankly, bonkers – and can surely only be justified by either a hefty asking price (which is yet to be revealed) or substantial sales targets.
Get a load of all the Ford Ranger Raptor upgrades:
- Front and rear Fox Racing Shox shock absorbers
- Rear coilover spring conversion (instead of the usual leaf springs) with new Watts linkage to stabilise the suspension movement in extreme off-road driving
- Unique chassis frame (!) for increased strength and revised suspension geometry to suit raised ride height
- New forged aluminium upper front suspension arms and cast aluminium lower suspension arms for increased suspension travel
- Bigger front and rear disc brakes
- High-performance off-road seats with dual hardness cushion and technical suede finish
- New interior styling with blue stitching and leather accents
- Raptor steering wheel, complete with lightweight magnesium (!) paddleshifters
- Six-mode Terrain Management System
- New FORD grille modelled after F-150 Raptor
- Frame-mounted front bumper system, with function air-curtain ducts to reduce air resistance
- Composite front wing panels to better resist off-road damage from flying debris
- Flared wheel arches to accommodate increased suspension travel
- Diecast aluminium alloy side steps, designed to protect the rear bodywork from flying debris
- New rear bumper with flush-mounted sensor bezels
- Twin front tow hooks rated to 4.5 tonnes
- Twin rear recovery tow hooks rated to 3.8 tonnes, plus rear tow bar
- Specially developed BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres
- New front bash plate made from 2.3mm high-strength steel
Like we said – it’s so far from the standard Ranger it’s almost like an entirely new vehicle.
What's different about the Ford Ranger Raptor suspension and chassis?
Not only has Ford Performance converted the rear to coil springs, the Fox Racing Shox suspension dampers use Position Sensitive Damping – meaning they’re engineered to deliver good cruising comfort on the road, but exceptional performance when being worked to their limit at high speeds off road.
The new chassis frame, meanwhile, uses multiple grades of steel to maximise strength without adding too much weight, and includes stiffened side rails and strengthened protruding shock absorber towers at the front to cope with the Raptor’s extra width and suspension travel.
It’s been designed and tested to cope with high-speed off-road impacts without damage, while still delivering a comfortable on-road driving experience.
According to the Ranger Raptor's chief program engineer, Damien Ross: 'The standout feature of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off road and still ride like a millionaire. From a driving dynamic fun standpoint, it is really an exceptionally special vehicle.'
As a result of all this modification, the Ranger Raptor stands 1,873mm tall, 2,180mm wide and runs to 5,398mm in length. The track width (the distance between the wheels across the axles) is up to 1,710mm, while ground clearance increases to 283mm.
How fast is the Ford Ranger Raptor?
Ford hasn’t released any performance figures, but the new engine and gearbox combination takes it well beyond anything we’ve seen from the Ranger before.
For while Ford does currently offer a 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel here in the UK with 200hp and 470Nm of torque – alongside a 2.2-litre four-cylinder motor with up to 160hp and 385Nm – for the Raptor it’s ditched both these older, heavy units in favour of a new twin-turbo 2.0-litre branded EcoBlue like the latest Transit and Transit Custom engines.
Using sequential turbocharging technology - a small and a large turbo working in series - this beats the 3.2 with an output of 213hp and 500Nm. But it’s the weight saving that the smaller engine also brings that we reckon will make the real difference here - it should significantly improve the Ranger’s ability to change direction.
What’s more, this super new bi-turbo is combined with the same 10-speed automatic transmission that the F-150 Raptor uses. Built both tough and light, with such an enormous number of gears shifting is both faster and more precise, while the broader spread of ratios helps the performance, too.
The engine and gearbox work in harmony with a six-mode Terrain Management System, which modified their responses for the following different types of driving:
- Normal mode - for comfort, fuel economy and ease of driving
- Sport mode - boosted response for on-road shenanigans
- Grass/Gravel/Snow mode - sure-footed on slippery surfaces
- Mud/Sand mode - maximum traction and momentum for surfaces that you might otherwise sink into
- Rock mode - smooth, low speed control
- Baja mode - for FAST off-road driving
Sounds fancy, right?
What's the Ford Ranger Raptor like on the inside?
The Raptor's interior is designed to look good but last well - with lots of blue stitching and leather accents.
The seats are heavily contoured for off-road support, and feature dual-firmness cushions plus a suede-effect material that helps stop you sliding about.
Magnesium gearshift paddles and a steering wheel with centre marking are the icing on the cake, while the Ford Sync3 infotainment system is the firm's very latest 8.0-inch touchcreen multimedia solution, complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
When does the Ford Ranger Raptor go on sale and what’s the price?
UK pricing for the Ford Ranger Raptor is still to be confirmed. We’re imagining ‘not cheap' ought to cover it, but then you'll be buying a vehicle with capabilities far beyond anything else in the UK pickup sector.