Brave, daring, adventurous and all-powerful – that’s how you’ll feel behind the wheel of the mighty Ford Ranger Raptor
I got to drive this mother of all double cabs for a week – and discovered that power really IS addictive…
It’s by far the smoothest city drive of any double cab I’ve driven, and the height, great visibility and fact that my daughter can do her hair without feeling a bump from speed humps or potholes, gave this vehicle a thumbs-up for the school run.
But the Raptor’s off-road capabilities are what you buy one of these babies for, so let’s get down to the true grit of this Survivor-style vehicle:
Tech specs supplied by Ford South Africa
Bi-turbo engine with 10-speed auto transmission
Built to conquer the roughest terrain, the All-New Ranger Raptor incorporates the latest Ford powertrain technology. Calibrated with Ford’s latest 10-speed auto transmission technology, the cutting-edge bi-turbo engine delivers more top-end power, more bottom-end torque, improved acceleration, and quicker gear changes.
Terrain management system with 6 precision modes
The Raptor is equipped with a cutting-edge Terrain Management System. It offers six pre-set driving modes to power through any terrain – all at the turn of a dial.
Inspired by the Baja 1 000 Desert Race, the All-New Ranger Raptor’s Baja Mode dials down traction, improves responsiveness and shifting speed, and optimises the Ranger Raptor’s performance on high-speed desert runs.
33-Inch all-terrain tyres
The precise tread pattern, longer tread life, and 20% tougher side walls on the 33-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tyres which are standard on the All-New Ranger Raptor, say Bring It, no matter what type of terrain you plan on engaging.
Magnesium paddle shifters
Rugged and conveniently placed, the high-quality magnesium paddle shifters mounted on the perforated leather steering wheel allows for fast shifting – without you having to take your hands off the wheel.
Tough off-road conditions? Hauling heavy loads?
Bring It in the All-New Ranger Raptor with its Electronic Stability Programme which is designed to help you take command and keep control no matter what mission you are on.
Rugged good looks
Bold design, like the block-letter grille, muscular haunches, and frame mounted bumper gives the All-New Ranger Raptor its imposing stature. LED fog lamps with air-curtain ducts enhance the aerodynamics, while the tailgate features an integrated bumper. The uniquely-styled towbar includes electrical connectors, and the badging is 3D.
Military precision performance steering wheel
Perforated leather hand grips on the colour-threaded steering wheel ensures you’re always in control. The red centring strip at the top centre of the wheel helps you keep your tyre direction and give you military precision when turning or cornering in tricky situations.
Optimised ground clearance & water wading
The ground clearance and water-wading ability of the All-New Ranger Raptor makes light work of any obstacle, with its elevated design which puts 283mm between the bakkie and whatever blocks its path, and a class-leading 850mm water-wading capability.
And, with an elevated ride height, you get an even better view of what’s around you.
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Disclosure: All4Women received these products in exchange for a review.