Following a brief teaser campaign, Ford has finally whipped the covers off the next-generation Ranger Raptor, with the Blue Oval brand saying the new version is a true performance machine. 

For the second Ranger to don the ‘Raptor’ badge, Ford has ditched the 2.0-litre, twin-turbocharged diesel motor for a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine (the bi-turbo diesel unit will, however, soldier on in selected markets). Power and torque are rated at a whopping 292 kW and 583 Nm. Ford says the new Ranger Raptor is a full minute faster than the current model on a 10 km test track. 

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Equipped with a duo of turbochargers, the EcoBoost motor is coupled to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, which directs power to a permanent four-wheel-drive system. The latter set-up can also be adjusted to send power to only the rear axle. According to Ford, thanks to the addition of an anti-lag system, throttle response is immediate. 

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The new Ranger Raptor comes equipped with fore and aft electronic differentials, activated via the large, portrait-orientated display in the cabin. According to Ford, the electronic set-up allows for immediate locking. Whereas the standard Ranger makes do with six driving modes, the Raptor-badged Ranger gains an additional driving mode – Baja, which offers the most aggressive shift pattern. The other six modes include Normal, Sport, Slippery, Rock, Mud & Ruts, and Sand. The latter mode can also be used in snow, Ford says. 

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Relaying the V6 soundtrack is a twin exhaust arrangement. This set-up, Ford says, defines the characteristics and reinforces the performance of its range-topping double-cab bakkie. The exhausts feature active valves. The exhaust note can, however, be altered with four modes. These include Quiet, Normal, Sport, and Baja. 

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For the suspension, Ford says it has equipped the range-topping Ranger with the most sophisticated set-up the firm could get its hands on. The Ranger Raptor features a Fox suspension set-up. 

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