Ford Australia announces extreme off-road version of the Ranger, the Ranger Raptor
It’s official. Ford Australia has confirmed, after many rumours and much speculation, that it’ll be building a Ford Ranger with extreme off-road performance and it will be named the Ford Ranger Raptor.
The Ford Ranger Raptor will arrive in Australia in 2018, and Ford is said to have drawn inspiration from desert racing vehicles and Ford says the Ranger Raptor will boast off-road capabilities that are best in class.
Little else is known about the Ranger Raptor, however it will have more macho styling than the standard Ranger, and expect better ground clearance and improved suspension.
But what will lie under the bonnet? A standard version of the Ranger’s 3.2 litre turbo diesel? A souped up version of that diesel or even the 3.5 litre twin turbo petrol V6 from the F-150 Raptor. In the F-150, that V6 pumps out 335kW and 691Nm and it’ll propel the big pick up from 0-100km/h in just 5.1 seconds.
“We are very excited to bring Asia Pacific’s toughest and smartest pickup truck to a whole new level,” said Trevor Worthington, vice president, product development, Ford Asia Pacific. “Ford Ranger Raptor will offer Ranger fans a fantastic opportunity to own an authentic off-road performance version of their favourite truck for the first time.”
More information will become available as it comes to hand.
Watch the Ranger Raptor prototype testing here: