Ford’s new performance pick-up, the new Ranger Raptor, has arrived in Europe. Revealed today at Gamescom in Germany, it also features in the new Forza Horizon 4 racing game.
Perfect for fast Ford pickup fans who like the look of the F-150 Raptor’s baby brother, but don’t happen to live in a market soon to be bitten by the Ranger Raptor.
Aimed at those with ‘thrill-seeking outdoor lifestyles’, the Ranger Raptor has a reinforced chassis, bigger brakes and longer-travel suspension with race-bred Fox shock absorbers. Underbody protection plates and oversized, 285/70 R17 BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres further boost off-road ability.
A 2.0-litre Ecoblue twin-turbo diesel engine is tuned to deliver 213hp and a beefy 369lb ft of torque. Drive goes to all four wheels via a 10-speed semi-automatic gearbox.
Engage Baja mode…
Ford’s Terrain Management System offers six driving modes: Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja. The latter is designed for high-speed off-roading, says Ford, “just like drivers need in the famous Baja Desert Rally”.
As for visual muscle, the Ranger gets a bold ‘FORD’ grille inspired by the even quicker (but, sadly, US-only) F-150 Raptor. A new front bumper smooths airflow around the body sides, while composite front wings are designed to shrug off minor knocks.
The side steps are also designed to protect the bodywork from debris, and have drain holes for mud, sand and snow.
“Ride like a millionaire”
Inside, you’ll find sports seats with blue stitching, suede-effect trim and plenty of ‘Raptor’ logos. The bespoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel has a racing-style centre marker, plus there are tactile magnesium paddles for manual gear shifts.
“The standout experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road and still ride like a millionaire on-road,” says chief program engineer, Damien Ross. “From a driving dynamic fun standpoint, it is really an exceptionally special vehicle.”
Launched at Gamescom in Ford Performance Blue, European deliveries of the Ranger Raptor will begin in 2019. Alternatively you can drive – and race – it first in Forza Horizon 4.
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