Friday, May 17, 2019

Bucket Seat: Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford's much anticipated Ranger Raptor was officially launched this week in the salt pans of the majestic Northern Cape. Local journalists and influencers had their chance to put the brutish bakkie through its paces over the week and from what we've seen, its a winner for sure. While SA's market for bakkies is a strong one, there has never been an outright performance bakkie available for local consumers. Yes VW has the Amarok V6 4 Motion but with its price tag, it wouldn't be the most appealing for your regular Joe. Which is why the Ranger Raptor pricing is so important bring under the 800K mark. 

So what are you getting with Ford's Ranger Raptor? Is it all just looks or does the engine packs the punch that all this fanfare delivers? Well we are happy to report that the Ranger Raptor's power plant is purely performance bred with a 2.0 litre B-Turbo diesel engine that delivers a maximum of 157kW and 500Nm of torque. It's an innovative power plant that offers both high performance and efficiency thanks to its combinations of a small high-pressure turbo and large low-pressure turbo that work to provide optimal performance throughout the engine speed range. The efficiency is helped by Ford's all-new 10 speed automatic transmission which is created with high-strength steel, aluminium alloys and composites to optimize durability and weight. 

The Rapture DNA which originates from Fords F150 range is clearly evident in this Ranger model with Ford giving it a tough core, which has been extensively modified for high speeds and endurance in the toughest driving conditions and is built to withstand high-impact-off-road encounters. The frame consists of various grades of high-strength low-alloy steel and has been specially designed to support the Ranger Raptors increased track and wheel drive. The car also boasts Position Sensitive Damping shock absorbers which are manufactured by FOX for this model. 

Completing the package is the tyres which were specially developed by BF Goodrich, the size 285/70 R17 all-terrain tyres offer a tough sidewall to take on the most formidable environments with confidence, providing enough grip when you need it. The Ranger Raptor comes with Ford's standard SYNC3 with Navigation which has a unique "breadcrumb" feature to leave a trail in uncharted areas. All in all, the Ranger Raptor looks like the perfect package for a proper high performance off roading bakkie with the recommended retail price coming in at R786 400.

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