Ford have confirmed that the first ever Ranger Raptor will be coming to Europe next year.
The Ranger only seems to be growing in popularity – for both commercial and private oweners – and now Ford have taken the step to put a truck into production that many spannermen have spent hours in the workshop speccing themselves.
Ford’s original Raptor – the F-150 Raptor – doesn’t really have a European presence, but the growth of the Ranger has lead the way for a Raptor tailored to European tastes – and roads.
Power comes from a 210bhp, 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel EcoBlue unit with 368lbf.ft to boot that comes paired to Ford’s 10-speed auto ‘box.
The Raptor’s chassis is strengthened with low-alloy steel and Fox shock absorbers feature position sensitive damping that offer higher damping forces when off-road, but soften up for comfort and better handling on tarmac. Aluminium control arms support these at the front, whilst the rear setup is a new and bespoke coil-over system that minimises lateral movement. Brakes are 332mm ventilated discs that are 32mm wide at the front and 24mm at the back.
Rubber comes in the form of BFGoodrich All-Terrains – in 285/70 R17 guise. The tyres adorn 17-inch alloys and are custom made for the Ranger Raptor in these dimensions.
An F-150 Raptor-inspired grille adorns the nose and flared composite wheel arches allow for further suspension travel and larger tyres. Underbody protection, rock-deflecting side-steps and a ruggedised front bumper prepare the Ranger for more spirited off-road rough and tumble.
The Raptor’s interior features all of the features and tech available in the standard Ranger. The Raptor does have added driving modes, though. These include the expected candidates: Normal; Sport; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud/Sand; and Rock. Most interesting though is Baja mode – tailored for, you guessed it, dune bashing.
The Gamescom trade fair in Germany was used to reveal Ford’s new super truck as it will feature in the Forza Horizon 4 video game.
It’s too soon for details on pricing and we don’t yet know whether the Raptor will qualify as a commercial vehicle – we can but hope!
Let’s face it, we all want one. And we’ll have to wait until the middle of next year before the Ranger Raptor goes on sale.