Ford Ranger Raptor bows in Thailand

This is THE Ford Performance pick up you’ve been waiting for!

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It looks like the mighty blue oval marque is marking a shift in direction with its pick up truck model offering in our region. Meet the manic new Ford Ranger Raptor that just made its regional – and global! – debut in Bangkok, Thailand earlier this evening.

Built by the engineers from Ford Performance led by its chief Jamal Hameedi, the Ranger Raptor proudly stands as Ford’s first performance-oriented pick up truck offering made for the Asia Pacific region.

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As a result, this Ranger Raptor is significantly larger in size compared to the current Ford Ranger as we know and love. It sits 1,873mm tall with a 283mm ground clearance, 2,180mm wide and 5,398mm long, with wider front and rear tracks at 1,710mm. Yes, it also has a bigger flatbed that measures 1,560mm x 1,743mm.

Equally mammoth too is the Ranger Raptor’s heart, but not in the way you think…

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Propelling this beast is a 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel that churn out 213PS and a massive 500Nm torque punch, both of which being managed by a 10-speed transmission.

Ford hasn’t released any performance figures just yet, but with what it packs, we can expect the Ranger Raptor being capable of hitting some serious speeds – both on and off-road.

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Of course, power without control is silly, and this Ranger Raptor’s credentials for which are substantial. For starters, it’s brimmed with 46.6mm Fox Racing Shox suspension all-round, as well as a neat new Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) feature on both axles.

Here’s a list of other Driver Aids the Ranger Raptor packs:

-       Terrain Management System (TMS) (normal, sport, off-road, Mud/Sand, Rock and ‘Baja’ Mode)
-       Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)
-       Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD)
-       Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
-       Satellite Navagation System
-       Trailer Sway Control (TSC)
-       Hill Start Assist (HSA)
-       Hill Descent Control (HDC)
-       Load Adaptive Control (LAC)
-       Driver Assist Technologies (DATs)

So, there you have it, perhaps the maddest Ranger ever built. No word on availability and price yet, but we’re certain the Ford Ranger Raptor will command serious money if and when it lands here in Malaysia.

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Just for reference, the current Ford Ranger 3.2 WildTrak retails for RM139,838 sans insurance and registration. What do you reckon would be a fair price for the Ranger Raptor? 

Thoriq Azmi
Author: Thoriq Azmi
Former DJ. Driver, rider & word-stringer @ Top Gear MY. Geek. Leftie. #fuelledbythoriq

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