Ford To Reveal A New Performance Vehicle – Is It The EU-Spec Ranger Raptor?

Ford announced it will reveal “a new performance vehicle” in Germany later this month – not at an auto show or dedicated event, but at a gaming convention. But while it’s not explicitly saying exactly which model that will be, the signs point pretty strongly towards the Ranger Raptor.

The hard-core off-road performance version of the Blue Oval’s mid-size pickup is the smaller counterpart to the full-size F-150 Raptor. The Ranger Raptor packs a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel sending 210 horsepower to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The rough-and-tumble truck also features a beefier suspension and rolling stock, and an altogether tougher appearance.

Ford revealed the baby Raptor in Thailand for “global” markets (like Asia and Australia) earlier this year, and ran one up the hill at Goodwood last month with Gamescom branding. What we (or those attending) should see at the gaming show is the European version.

We don’t know what (if any) changes the EU-spec Raptor could bring. But we should find out when Europe’s largest gaming event opens its doors on August 21 in Cologne, Germany – the same city where Ford has based its European operations since 1929. It assembles cars there like the Fiesta along with many of its engines.

A little-known fact is that Aston Martin’s engine facility is also located within Ford’s sprawling factory in Cologne. It has been since the American automaker owned the British one in the 1990s and 2000s when it dissolved its Premier Automotive Group, selling Aston to the consortium lead by Prodrive chief David Richards, the Jaguar and Land Rover brands to Tata, and Volvo to Geely.

  • Jay

    Cool, just also bring it to the U.S.

    • Zandit75

      The upcoming US spec Ranger already has a more potent motor than the one found in the Raptor, you’ll just be missing out on the suspension and frame changes.

      • FactChecker90803

        Actually not, the American Spec Raptor will actually be a cut above the Euro Spec Thai made Ranger. Our Ranger Raptor is reported to be getting the 335HP 2.7L EcoBoost V6 connected to a 10 speed automatic, live rear with a watt’s kick to control the axle’s lateral motion, 4 wheel long travel Fox Racing Shox with internal-bypass dampers, high-strength steel and integrated tow bars are baked into the Ranger’s upgraded frame. So don’t feel bad for us, infact we should be feeling bad for the rest of the world, be getting a 2nd rate version of the “RR”.

      • Jay

        I assume they’ll Add a different motor if they do bring it.

        • Zandit75

          No doubt they will which will go against everything they have told us here in Australia. They have gone on record stating that the 2.0 Twin Turbo Diesel was the only engine considered from the very start of the design phase, which may have been true initially several years ago, but they should have seen the writing on the wall that we would be bitterly disappointed in that choice, and should have also checked the opposition for what they had planned. The Amarok and Mercedes X series have the power game sewn up tight, and from all reports the 2.0TTD is a disappointing engine for everyday use which this will see plenty of.

  • Paul

    That would be awesome.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Ford Escape ST

    • Mr. EP9

      No. Please no.

  • Zandit75

    Jeez, you don’t think that the Raptor may have already given away those details when it was sent up the hillclimb at Goodwood?? I can see it clearly from here, so why the supposed surprise about not knowing what vehicle is going to be shown??!!

  • Wonder hoe much it’ll be priced. Just make sure it didn’t scratch X-Class territory.

    • Bob

      I think the Raptor may be more expensive than a V6 X-Class

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