Ford unveils new high performance pick-up

By Will Rimell

Ford has revealed its Ranger Raptor performance pick-up, which could soon be coming to the UK – if customers get their way.

Loaded with Built Ford Tough and Ford Performance DNA tech, the new truck boasts 210bhp and 500Nm of torque from a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine.

The beefed up version of the UK’s best-selling pick-up truck was revealed in Thailand earlier this week, where it will be built. The Raptor has been developed by Ford Performance and includes a host of upgrades over the standard model, taking the car to “new extremes”, Ford claims.

(Ford)

From the outset the improvements are clear to see. Standing at 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide and 5398mm long, with wider front and rear tracks at 1710mm, Ford has bulked up the Raptor to make it tougher for high-speed, off-road adventures. Ground clearance has also been increased to 283mm.

The inside of the Raptor has been kitted out with special seats –designed to be as comfortable at high speeds off-road as on the morning commute – and sat nav that tracks off-road driving.

Ford says the Raptor is “superior to anything seen before”.

Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer at Ford Performance said: “We are so excited and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you feel like a hero.


“The Ford Performance team is excited to extend the Raptor name from our flagship off-road performance F-150 to Ranger.

“Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance.”

Now Ford dealers and customers are petitioning the manufacturer to bring it the UK.

Currently the truck is only being sold in Asia, but Ford is producing it in both left- and right-hand drive.

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