Ford Performance revealed the crazy-looking Ford Ranger Raptor in February, but didn’t confirm whether it would be coming to the UK. Now Auto Express can reveal the performance pick-up will be arriving here early in 2019, priced from around £40,000.
Buoyed by the global reaction to the all-American F-150 Raptor, Ford of Britain had been lobbying hard for the Ranger Raptor to be sold on these shores. The Ranger is already the best-selling pick-up in the UK, so a performance version would appear to be a natural fit.
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Built in Thailand, the Raptor has undergone a significant makeover by Ford Performance – the division responsible for the F-150 Raptor, GT supercar and Focus RS.
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On the outside rgw Range Raptor is marked out by a new grille, extra ground clearance and LED fog lamps in the front bumper. Those bumpers have to be flared so that they can accommodate the larger wheels, which are mounted on long-travel suspension.
As the vehicle is intended to go a very long way off the beaten track, the front bumpers are made of composite materials that are better able to withstand the expected dents and dings. The side steps are made from a tough aluminium alloy and include holes to drain sand, mud and snow.
Inside the rough and tough theme continues, with unique seats that are designed to give greater support at high speeds off-road, and they include suede sections to hold occupants in place. There’s even a red stripe on the steering wheel to show which way the wheel is pointing.
Naturally, the Raptor’s chassis, too, has been considerably upgraded to cope with the demands of high-speed use off-road. So, not only is the frame tougher and stiffer, but the brakes have been upgraded too. The race-bred suspension has been set up to tackle undulating off-road terrain at speed, as well as giving a comfortable ride on-road.
There’s also a unique ‘bash plate’ underneath, while the tyres have been specially developed, with tough sidewalls and a special tread pattern designed to give grip in mud, snow and sand.
Power for the Raptor comes from a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine with 210bhp and 500Nm torque, and it drives the pick-up through the same ten-speed automatic gearbox as the F-150 Raptor. To ensure optimum performance in any conditions, drivers have six different modes – two for on-road use, and four for off-road driving.
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Even the standard sat-nav gets the off-road bug, with a ‘breadcrumb’ feature that allows drivers to lay a trail and retrace their steps in unfamiliar terrain.
This is all part of the standard Sync3 infotainment system, while the Raptor is also packed with driver-assistance technology – such as Electronic Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control and a rear-view camera – to make everyday life easier.
Ford of Britain is currently deciding whether to sell the Ranger Raptor at its flagship Ford Store showrooms or at its commercial vehicle dealerships. It’ll arrive in the UK early next year with prices starting from around £40,000, but if you want an early glimpse of the pick-up, stunt driver Paul Swift will be driving it up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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