Ford un­veils new Ranger Rap­tor

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Ford has fi­nally gone and done it – con­firmed that a Rap­tor-based per­for­mance ver­sion of the top- sell­ing Ranger ute is on its way here. Set to ar­rive in New Zealand and across Asia Pa­cific in 2018, the pur­pose- built, desert- rac­ing in­spired pickup truck joins the Ford Per­for­mance fam­ily, car­ry­ing the name ‘ Ford Ranger Rap­tor’. “We are very ex­cited to bring Asia Pa­cific’s tough­est and smartest pickup truck to a whole new level,” said Trevor Wor­thing­ton, vice pres­i­dent, prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, Ford Asia Pa­cific. “Ford Ranger Rap­tor will of­fer Ranger fans a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to own an au­then­tic off- road per­for­mance ver­sion of their fa­vorite truck for the first time.” Key to the in­creased ‘of­froad- abil­ity’ promised in the new model is ( or so in­formed sources say) a new multi- link coil- sprung rear sus­pen­sion pack­age and four- wheel disc brakes. The wheels on the test mule were 17 inch dia, al­loys fit ted with wide ( 285/ 70 x 17) BF Goodrich A/ T tyres, mean­ing a small nat­u­ral lift over the cur­rent model not to men­tion a much im­proved stance. Hence the fol­low­ing com­ment from Ja­mal Hameedi, the chief engi­neer at Ford’s Per­for­mance di­vi­sion. “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.” Ac­cord­ing to Ford, the new Ranger Rap­tor will join the US- mar­ket F-150 Rap­tor to ad­vance the glob­ally renowned Ford Per­for­mance DNA, com­ple­ment­ing the on-road high per­for­mance lineup of Ford GT, Ford Mus­tang Shelby, Fo­cus RS and Fo­cus ST. More de­tails as they come to hand.

A thinly dis­guised Ford Ranger Rap­tor be­ing tested.

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