New Ford Ranger Raptor pick-up unleashed

Ford Ranger Raptor From Intention to Reality Yet to Arrive in the States

Will we see a Ranger Raptor in the United States?

Visually, the Raptor gets a new grille with "FORD" across its centre, much like the F-150.

"We are so excited and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you feel like a hero", said Jamal Hameedi, Chief Engineer, Ford Performance.

Revealed today in Thailand, where it will be built, the Raptor is a new high-performance version to sit at the top of Ford's pick-up range. The front bumper was created to offer desert durability and also includes new LED lights and functional air-curtain ducts. The fenders provide the extra width needed to fit the long-travel suspension and wider wheels and tires. The side steps are better described as rock sliders and are constructed from aluminium alloy die-cast. The steps/sliders are powder coated and then coated in a grit paint for grip and longevity.

It's a big unit: 5398mm long, 2180mm wide, 1873mm high - and it has a wider track than its non-performance stablemate, the Ranger, with front and rear at 1710mm. The new bumpers and 11.1-inches of ground clearance give the truck an approach angle of 32.5 degrees, ramp over angle of 24 degrees and a departure angle of 24 degrees.

A modified rear bumper houses an integrated tow bar, and recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. The Raptor Ranger has a towing capacity of over 5,500 pounds.

First rumoured and revealed in its pre-release form back in September a year ago, the ultimate Ranger is now set to take on the world, loaded with Ford Performance DNA, and its already established engineering capability and toughness. That means sports seats covered in "technical suede", so, not suede at all... a dual stage cushion helps to keep the driver comfy while dialing out chassis vibration, according to Ford. The steering wheel is distinctively different and includes new Raptor lightweight magnesium paddle shifters for crisp gear changing. Let us know below.

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The Raptor has Ford's "SYNC 3" media system and its 8.0-inch colour screen also doubles as the rear view camera display. A new grille and front bumper at the front of the Ranger Raptor are created to offer durability and a unique look.

"If those specs don't read all that exciting to you, Ford specifically confirmed the Raptor Ranger was designed to" travel at high speeds off road".

The shocks - categorised as "Position Sensitive Damping" type - are created to cop the worst of undulating terrain at high speeds providing "higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound", according to Ford.

The new Ford pickup truck has been created to ensure extreme off-road capability and stability, and the innovative new Watt's linkage rear suspension with coilover rear springs helps ensure rear axle lateral stability, and improves ride and handling.

The truck rides on all-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres so it comes ready for the rock trails and dunes of the Middle East, which makes us pretty confident that this pick-up will eventually make its way to our region, otherwise Ford Middle East needs to catch a wake up.

Ranger Raptor also comes with underbody protection, including a bash plate measuring 2.3mm thick and made of high-strength steel.

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