Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Ford Raptor Brings Off-Roading To The Performance Ute

It’s a big unit 5398mm long 2180mm wide 1873mm high – and it has a wider track than the Ranger It’s a big unit 5398mm long 2180mm wide 1873mm high – and it has a wider track than the Ranger
Doris Mccormick | 08 February, 2018, 10:30

There is enough pent-up demand for a new midsize truck (any midsize truck) that Ford will easily sell all the "normal" Rangers it chooses to build through the end of 2019 and into 2020 with zero effort.

"Raptor's race-bred suspension has been specifically crafted to tackle undulating terrain at high-speed while remaining in complete control and comfort". But while a lot of trucks have diesel engines, the one in the Ranger Raptor is actually a twin-turbodiesel. "It really is like a motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck - it's an incredible, awesome experience!" What Ford is doing in the Ranger Raptor, though, deserves some extra attention. The Blue Oval hasn't given us many specs on the smaller truck's setup, but we're betting it didn't skimp here, given the Ranger Raptor's quoted 11.1 inches of ground clearance and a 32.5-degree approach angle. The rear ventilated rotors measure 13.1x0.94 inches.

THE 2018 FORD RANGER RAPTOR is one of this year's most anticipated new vehicles, with Facebook pages dedicated to it and Internet forums and news stories melting the internet.

Gone are the Ranger’s rear leaf springs the Raptor gets a coil springs Watt’s link set-up and solid rear axle
Gone are the Ranger’s rear leaf springs the Raptor gets a coil springs Watt’s link set-up and solid rear axle

The vehicle is noticeably bigger. Combining the regular model's go-anywhere capabilities with the added firepower you'd come to expect from a Raptor, the go-faster pickup truck set to be built in Thailand builds upon the F-150 Raptor and comes in a dual cab flavor. The flared front fenders are made from composite materials, which among other things resist dents and dings often associated with off-road travel. It stands 73.7 inches tall, 85.8 inches wide, and 212.5 inches long, with wider front and rear tracks at 67.3 inches. In the event that you get stuck or need to rescue another vehicle, the Raptor also comes with an integrated tow bar and tow hooks. Other tail-end features include flush sensor bezels and specially packaged and styled tow connectors.

Providing an abundance of space, the 1560mm x 1743mm tray has been designed with the weekend explorer in mind, while the 2,500kg towing capacity also accounts for dirt bikes or jet-skis, as well as traditional work needs during the week. Contrasting Dyno Grey accents helps to accentuate the vehicle's look even further. Ford upgrades the tires, too, and gives the Ranger FX4 a steel front bash plate and reinforced skid plates. Double boo. Instead, there's an all-new twin-turbo 2.0-litre inline-four diesel with 210 horsepower and 369 lb ft of torque connected to Ford's ten-speed 'auto. For that, stay with us on more news regarding the Ranger Raptor as it's released. Not too long before we predicted that Ford's new CEO, Jim Hackett, would make a bunch of stupid assumptions about millenials, double down on truck-buying bubbas, and let the company get left behind, tech-wise, so that he could pull off a cynical and short-sighted cash grab before leaping into retirement under a golden parachute woven together with UAW pension money ... but only most of that has already happened, so I'll hold off on another "I told you so", for now.

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