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10 Things you should know about the Ford Ranger Raptor

24 July 2018

We’re in Australia at the moment, preparing to spend a day or so behind the wheel of the Ford Ranger Raptor.

A driving impression will follow soon, but for the moment, here are the most important things we’ve learned so far.

  1. It has 283mm worth of ground clearance and is a full 150mm wider than the standard Ranger. Thanks to that huge grille with “Ford” on it, you won’t be mistaking it for anything else.
  2. The interior features blue stitching, magnesium paddle shifters and an on-centre marker on the steering wheel.
  3. The engine is a new 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine that delivers a maximum of 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
  4. With ten gears to play with, Ford is claiming brisk performance and lower fuel consumption. The gearbox features real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms engineered to optimise gear selection.
  5. Under the skin, the Ranger Raptor’s unique chassis frame is newly-developed and extensively modified for high speeds and endurance off-road. Built to withstand high-impact off-road encounters, Ranger Raptor’s frame consists of various grades of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel.
  6. There’s a Baja driving mode where the driving assistance is pared back to allow for drifting. Joy.
  7. The front twin-piston callipers have been increased by 9.5mm in diameter and feature ventilated rotors in an impressive 332 x 32mm size. Also, for the first time on a Ranger, disc brakes at the rear include a brake actuation master cylinder and booster to increase braking performance, as well as ventilated 332 x 24mm rear rotors and a new 54mm calliper.
  8. The Ranger Raptor’s Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers are exclusively manufactured by FOX, designed to provide higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound to enable better off-road capabilities.
  9. Ranger Raptor is equipped with BF Goodrich All-Terrain 285/70 R17 KO2.
  10. The Satellite Navigation System offers a “breadcrumb” feature to leave a trail in uncharted areas.
  11. The Ranger Raptor will be launched locally in the first half of 2019.