Ford South Africa has confirmed the Ranger Raptor Special Edition is heading to South African shores. Available in only limited numbers (“to ensure exclusivity”), the special edition of Ford’s flagship bakkie is scheduled to reach SA in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition
The Ranger Raptor Special Edition is scheduled to arrive in SA in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The Ranger Raptor Special Edition is distinguished by the addition of two matte black racing stripes on the bonnet, roof, lower sides of the body, rear wings, and tailgate to “emphasise the bakkie’s high-performance character”. Complementing the racing stripes’ contrasting red edging, the front tow hooks are finished in red.

Matte black racing stripes “emphasise the bakkie’s high-performance character”

Matte black finish has been applied to, among others, the Ford-embossed grille, the front and rear bumpers, and flared wheelarches. This, Ford says, further enhances the double-cab bakkie’s imposing appearance. As standard, the limited-edition Ranger Raptor features a lockable Mountain Top roller shutter.

Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition
Ford-embossed grille feeds air to the twinturbo-diesel motor.

The cabin remains familiar Ranger fare. However, to give the special Ford double-cab bakkie “an even sportier, bespoke feel”, red contrast stitching has been applied to the multifunction steering wheel, Ranger Raptor Special Edition-specific instrument panel, and door cards.

Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition
Red contrast stitching can be found throughout the cabin.

“The new Ranger Raptor Special Edition adds even more dramatic style to this trend-setting model which remains unequalled in the popular bakkie segment two and a half years after it was launched in South Africa,” says Doreen Mashinini, general manager for marketing at Ford South Africa. “The unique exterior enhancements and cabin updates make our off-road performance bakkie even more distinctive and desirable, while the fitment of the roller shutter as standard significantly enhances practicality and security for our customers.”

As a reminder, the Ranger Raptor is powered by Ford’s 2,0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder oil-burner, which is linked to the firm’s 10-speed automatic transmission. The disel unit produces 157 kW and 500 N.m of torque.