Ford Ranger Thunder special edition – stand out from the crowd

  • You’ll stand out from the crowd in this limited-edition Ranger
  • Red highlights, grey paint, black detailing – plus 213hp, 500Nm
  • On sale now priced from £33k, with loads of standard kit

Meet the new Ford Ranger Thunder – with pickup truck special editions it’s best to go bold or go home, and Ford certainly hasn’t been shy here.

Based on the popular Wildtrak specification and equipped with the most powerful engine available in the Ranger – plus a host of other goodies – the Thunder is an eye-catching limited-edition version of the model that won the 2020 Parkers Pickup of the Year Award, and struts its stuff with an unusual combination of Sea Grey paint and red highlights.

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What’s the full specification of the 2020 Ranger Thunder?

Starting with the visual stuff, you get no choice of paint colour here – it’s Sea Grey with red bits or buy a regular Wildtrak.

Ford Ranger Thunder - 2020 special edition, front grille

The red shows up on the grille, the sides of the rear sports bar over the load area, and on the chunky 3D Thunder badges applied to the Ranger’s flanks and tailgate. That’s right, no mere special edition stickers for this bad boy.

The red reappears again on the inside, where its used for contrast stitching on the steering wheel, Ebony black leather upholstery and elsewhere throughout the double cab interior. You also get black floor mats and red illuminated door sills. Fancy.

Ford Ranger Thunder - 2020 special edition, cab interior

Elsewhere you’ll find 18-inch black alloy wheels, an Ebony black finish on the grille, rear bumper, skid plates, fog light surrounds, door handles and sports bar, and a matte black rear Ranger graphic. Standard equipment, meanwhile, includes LED headlights with darkened bezels and darkened rear lights.

You can also option a black powder-coated roller top with bed divider by Mountain Top to complete the look.

It’s sort of pickup meets stealth. Except for the red bits.

What’s under the bonnet?

The Ranger Thunder gets the top spec 2.0-litre EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engine, complete with 10-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Ford Ranger Thunder - 2020 special edition, top view of door badges

That’s the same powertrain package as the Ranger Raptor, which means 213hp and 500Nm of torque, plus a capable four-wheel drive system.

According to the latest, tougher WLTP testing standards the Thunder will return 31.0mpg.

How many Ford Ranger Thunders are being made, and how much does it cost?

Ford is building 4,500 examples of the Ranger Thunder – which sounds like a lot until you learn that Ford sold 52,500 Rangers in total in 2019.

Some 1,400 Thunders will be coming to the UK, reflecting the importance of the UK pickup market; another 30 are heading for Ireland.

Ford Ranger Thunder - 2020 special edition, load area with optional Mountain Top roller shutter and bed divider

The Ranger Thunder costs from £32,965 (excluding VAT), and is available to order now.

Also read:

>> Our main Ford Ranger review

>> The Parkers pickup group test – see how the Ranger compares to the rest of the market

>> New pickups coming soon

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