The Ford Ranger Raptor Is Less Truck, More Off-Road Sports Car

The Ford Ranger Raptor might not be available in the States, but it is a unique proposition in the European market, given that the region never had access to Baja-inspired trucks before.

We all know that cars with fender flares are meant to look more aggressive, but in the case of the Ranger Raptor there’s more magic under the skin. Ford Performance went the extra mile and instead of just throwing a lift kit and call it a day, they pretty much re-engineered everything that matters.

The ladder frame is reinforced with high-strengh, low-alloy steels while the suspension got new control arms made out of aluminum, new front shock towers and a model-specific rear suspension that ditches the leaf springs for coils and a Watt’s linkage.

Also Read: Explore The 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor In 114 Images

The Ranger Raptor gets wider tracks by 150mm and a 51mm taller ride height than its siblings, featuring advanced, long-travel Fox Racing shock absorbers. Additionally, the baby Raptor comes with a 283 mm ground clearance and a 850 mm wading depth.

After all this, the engine’s specs might sound anticlimactic. It’s only a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel, but it features a pair of turbos to help it produce 210 HP (213 PS) and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque and is paired exclusively to a 10-speed automatic transmission. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 10.5 seconds, with top speed is set at 106 mph (170 km/h)

While it may not offer the straight-line performance one might expect, the Ranger Raptor remains one of the coolest, most capable off-road vehicles to ever set foot in the Old Continent. There’s plenty of fun to be had behind its wheel too, as we learn from Carfection’s latest review.

 

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    That torque figure is great, but I can’t help but wonder what this would be like with the 2.7TT out of the F-150.

  • WalthamDan

    Now that’s a good looking Ranger vs the trucks we get here.

  • Emoto

    Nothing in the video that could not be done by the average 2WD car. Too bad they didn’t try any real off-road with it. Nor was there any technical detail about what the different modes did or how well they worked. That’s a missed opportunity.

    • Ben

      Get a ZR2

  • bryceee

    Forgot to tell us the price.
    80k here in Aus dollars.
    My neighbor has one and sounds like
    a craptor trying to get up his steep driveway.

    • Brian 00

      No – you are confused that’s a Holden Craptiva – completely different model

  • john1168

    Agreed! I’m sure it’s a good engine but it has absolutely no place in a performance vehicle. 0 to 62 in 10.5… Really??? The 2.7 or 3.0TT would have been a MUCH better choice.

Cammer Brakes To Avoid Red-Light Runner, Promptly Gets Rear-Ended

Even so, the one who’ll foot the bill for the repair will probably be the driver of the car behind the cammer.

Even Valentino Balboni Was Impressed By The Lamborghini Miura Jota SVR

The Jota SVR started out life as a regular 1968 Miura S and its owners went to great lengths to get his wish fulfilled .

Wald Wants To Turn Your Mercedes C-Class Into An AMG C63 Lookalike

The bundle of upgrades is suitable to the W205 generation of the C-Class, from 2014 to 2018.

New Toyota Supra Races Porsche Cayman GTS, Audi TT RS And Alpine A110

Toyota has high aspirations about the all-new Supra – so how does it fare against some of its rivals?.

So You Think You Can Afford America’s Cheapest Mercedes E63 AMG?

A piece of advice: you shouldn’t do donuts in your W211 E63 if you don’t want your power steering to fail.

Two New Electric Crossovers Could Doom The Lincoln Continental In America

US production of the Continental will reportedly end in 2021.

The Average Dodge Challenger Buyer Is 51 Years Old, Still Younger Than Mustang And Camaro Customers

The Dodge Challenger has also comfortably outsold the Chevrolet Camaro in the first half of 2019.

Talk About Getting Dumped: Florida Man Pours Dirt On Cadillac CTS Driven By Girlfriend

The girlfriend didn’t own the Cadillac, so its owner was likely in for a big surprise.

Return Of The Sport Truck? Ram Considering Lowering Kit For 1500 Pickup

Previewed by the Low Down concept, the kit could reduce the ride height by approximately 2 inches.

Failed Aston Martin Vanquish Tooling Buyer Identified As Detroit Electric

Detroit Electric agreed to pay $24 million for the tooling of the Vanquish, but failed to come up with the money.