bird of prey
Ford confirms the Ranger Raptor ute is headed to Oz
Ford Australia says the Ford Ranger Raptor – set to be revealed on February 7 iin Bangkok, Thailand – will be coming to Oz this year.
The Ford Ranger is already one of Australia’s highest-selling vehicles, so it comes as no surprise that Ford is keen to get the Raptor offroad performance variant onto the market here.
The Raptor shares its nomenclature with one of the world’s most powerful production utes, the Ford F-150 Raptor. The Ranger Raptor joins the F-150 Raptor, Ford GT, Ford Mustang Shelby and the Focus RS and ST variants as one of Ford’s range of high-performance vehicles.
The Ford Ranger Raptor has been designed and engineered to deliver an “adrenaline-pumping experience”, Ford says. The Raptor has an aggressive, sporty exterior look as well as a level of off-road performance and capability Ford says is rarely seen in the mid-size ute market.
At this stage, Ford is being tight-lipped about engine performance and other specifics, but name-sharing with the F-150 and the involvement of the Ford performance engineering team are good indicators the Ranger Raptor is going to be an absolute beast.
As to what will reside under the bonnet, a reliable source says three engines were at least considered during Raptor Ranger development.
First and most obvious is an uprated version of the current Ranger’s current 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre 5-cylinder turbo-diesel. We’d expect something in the vicinity of the Tickford-tuned Ford Ranger’s 169kW/564Nm from this approach.
Option two is reportedly the 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6, which can be found in the Ford Fusion V6 Sport and produces 242kW/515Nm.
Last, but certainly not least, we are told that the 257kW/440Nm 2.3-litre 4-cylinder from the Focus RS was also trialled.