Local pricing has been announced for the already overhyped Ford Ranger Raptor, the flagship ute will start at $74,990 plus on-road costs.
The Ranger Raptor was always going to carry a significant premium, at 75k it’s $13,000 more than the popular Ranger Wildtrak. It’s also $6500 more expensive than the VW Amarok V6 Ultimate, although a more powerful version is coming that will close the spread. Interestingly, there is only a fistful of dollars (sorry, my dad likes westerns) separating the Raptor and a well-optioned HSV Colorado SportsCat+.
You can read a detailed rundown of the Raptor’s specs by clicking here. There are plenty of differences that differentiate the Raptor from other Ranger variants, notably the drivetrain is bespoke.
Power comes from a four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine that develops 157kW and 500Nm with drive sent to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Styling is borrowed from the F-150 Raptor, as is the off-road tech. The Ranger Raptor packs plenty of equipment to attempt some serious wilderness-taming, race-bred long travel suspension with Fox Shox, aluminium upper and lower control arms, heavy duty skid-plates and genuine underbody protection are all standard.
Ford claims the Raptor will be the most capable off-road Ranger. The numbers support the statement, ground clearance measures in at 283mm while wading capability is a significant 850mm. Throw in the chassis enhancements, wider front and rear tracks along with increased approach and departure angles and it’s definitely one for the hardcore.
The Ranger Raptor will hit local showrooms in Q4, 2018.
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