Ford Ranger Raptor is almost ready

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Ford will soon present the Raptor version of the new Ranger. This of course promises to be another spectacular pick-up, which will also hold its own in rough terrain on the other side of the world.

The new Ford Ranger, unveiled at the end of last year, takes a somewhat different path than before. From now on, the pick-up looks more like big brother F-150 and that gives it a more adventurous appearance than before. The Ranger not only follows the example of the F-150 in appearance, because the Ranger also gets a real Raptor version. Of course it doesn’t get as extreme as the F-150 Raptor, although we can expect quite a bit of spectacle from it. Ford is reportedly pulling a 3.0 biturbo V6 off the shelves for the Ranger Raptor. The same petrol block as in the Explorer ST. The V6 is good for 406 hp power and 563 Nm of torque. If the Ranger Raptor gets just as strong, that’s quite a power spurt over the current one. It has a 213 hp 2.0 biturbo diesel.

Of course, the Raptor treatment is about more than just a punch of extra power. Ford screws on the Raptor undoubtedly firmer springs with longer suspension travel than standard, puts it on special wheels and also presses a somewhat rougher front. As with the F-150 Raptor and Bronco Raptor, we expect a big mouth with the brand name written out in it. Of course, there are also thicker skid plates on the bottom of the car to protect the drivetrain against flying boulders when things get rough. Is it very useful here in the Netherlands? Not really. Still, it is undoubtedly good news for some that the Ranger Raptor is also coming to Europe. The curtain will be lifted on February 22.

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