Ford Ranger Raptor is real and looks spectacular

Ford Ranger Raptor is real and looks spectacular

Ford Ranger Raptor comes with exclusive features targeted to deliver the ultimate performance experience for off-road users.

Ford Ranger Raptor comes with exclusive features targeted to deliver the ultimate performance experience for off-road users.

FORD Motor Company has announced that the hugely popular Ford Ranger truck will be available in an off-road performance variant for the first time. The purpose-built, desert-racing inspired truck joins the Ford Performance family, as the new ‘Ford Ranger Raptor’. The Ranger Raptor will be coming to Sub-Saharan Africa, with further information to be revealed in due course.

Designed and engineered to deliver an adrenaline pumping experience, Ford Ranger Raptor sports a head-turning exterior look that exudes toughness as well as a level of capability and off-road performance never before seen in the mid-size truck segment.

In Zimbabwe, the Raptor will be available at Duly Motors and Croco Motors.

Sharing the same nomenclature as the F-150 Raptor, the world’s most extreme production truck, Ranger Raptor is in a class of its own among mid-size off-road performance vehicles.

Building on the success of the class-leading Ford Ranger, one of the best-selling trucks in a number of markets, Ranger Raptor brings the thrilling off-road performance capabilities of the ‘Raptor’ to the Ranger for the first time ever. With its bold appearance and extreme, off-road performance features, Ranger Raptor represents a new and distinctive breed of truck.

“Combining the Raptor’s advanced off-road capabilities with the versatility of the Ranger is a significant accomplishment for Ford’s world-class engineering and design teams,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance.

Ranger Raptor joins F-150 Raptor to extend the globally renowned Ford Performance DNA, complementing the on-road high performance line-up of Ford GT, Mustang, Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

Thechronicle.com.au wrote that, labelled by Ford as the “ultimate performance off-road truck”, the Ranger Raptor will arrive next year.

They said the purpose-built, desert-racing inspired pick-up truck will join the Ford Performance family.

Designed and engineered to deliver an adrenaline pumping experience, Raptor is forecast to feature a tough exterior and off-road performance “never before seen in the mid-size pick-up truck segment”.

“We are very excited to bring Asia Pacific’s toughest and smartest pick-up truck to a whole new level,” said Ford Asia Pacific’s Trevor Worthington.

“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.”

Ranger Raptor joins F-150 Raptor to advance the globally renowned Ford Performance DNA, complementing the on-road high performance line-up of Ford GT, Ford Mustang Shelby, Focus RS and Focus ST.

As reported two weeks ago, the Raptor will be pitched against a Holden Special Vehicles-enhanced Colorado and a new modified TRD HiLux with tougher looks inside and out, bigger wheels and tyres, overhauled suspension and performance brakes.

It’s expected to be powered by a version of the current 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel.

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