It’s big, brash and billed as Ford’s answer to the performance dual-cab ute. But, does the Ford Ranger Raptor live up to its name?
Exclusively revealed by CarAdvice back in 2015, the Ranger Raptor has been a passion project for the Australian T6 home room. It’s here in Australia that Ford led the design and engineering work on Ranger Raptor, so the Australian DNA is well and truly embedded into every part of this vehicle.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just another variant of the Ranger. In addition to a new design and a 150mm wider track, it has a long list of changes that make this quite a unique product – and it definitely needs to be, to justify the $74,900 (plus on-road costs) price tag.
Let’s start with the engine under the bonnet. It’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque (between 1750-2000rpm) and it’s mated to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox – there’s no manual available. It features a cast iron block with direct injection and four valves per cylinder.
Width: 2180mm (with mirrors)
Towing: 2500kg (braked), 750kg (unbraked)
0-100km/h: 10.4 seconds
The official fuel consumption figure comes in at 8.2 litres of fuel per 100km on the combined cycle. How does that compare to the 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel in the current Ranger? It’s better, but not by much – 8.7L/100km v 8.2/100km. That’s partly thanks to its hefty kerb weight – 2404kg compared to the Ranger Wildtrak, which comes in at 2289kg.
Torque is regularly sent to the rear axle with a four-wheel-drive high-range mode and finally a four-wheel-drive low-range mode available. There’s also a rear differential lock that can be activated in all three drive modes — unlike some dual-cab utes that only allow the rear differential lock to be activated in low-range.
There’s also four-wheel disc brakes (compared to rear drum brakes on non-Raptor Rangers), which measure 332mm with ventilated front rotors with twin-piston callipers (up 9.5mm), while the rear uses 332mm rotors with 54mm callipers.
The Ranger Raptor wears a set of BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres that measure 285mm wide at the rear with a 70 profile. The tyres sit on 17-inch wheels with an 838mm front diameter and thick sidewalls.
Under the skin is a chassis frame tailored to high-speed use off-road, new coilover rear suspension using a Watt’s link setup and solid rear axle, and stiffened side rails. You also get reinforced spare-tyre mounting cross members, adapted to the Ranger Raptor’s larger 17-inch wheel and off-road tyre package.
The shock absorbers are Fox 2.5 with an internal bypass at the front and remote reservoir at the rear.
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