Ford unveils high-performance Ranger Raptor pick-up

Setting a new benchmark in off-road capability, the Ranger Raptor has been purposefully-designed to incorporate Ford Performance DNA as well as the toughness of core Ranger design and engineering capability

Ford has revealed its latest vehicle to get the Raptor treatment. It's the Ranger pickup, which has been given a high-performance makeover.

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

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The beefed up version of the UK's best-selling pick-up truck was revealed in Thailand yesterday, 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 Ranger Raptor revealed
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Ford Ranger Raptor revealed

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."

However, Brits may have to wait a long time before we see it head to UK roads as no word on whether the Raptor will be sold in Europe has been announced.

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