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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor. Photo: Supplied

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Dom Tripolone | Apr, 09 2018 | 0 Comments

Ford's Ranger Raptor breaks away from the pack. 

The blue oval has confirmed the off-road performance ute will be priced from $74,990 before on-road costs. The Raptor's list price is a smidge over $15,000 more than the current range-topping $59,590 Ranger Wildtrak and above the $66,790 HSV Colorado SportsCat+, which puts it above all light commercials except for the oversized RAMs and upcoming Silverados. 

The Raptor will be sold in a single specification headlined by a new engine and suspension set-up. 

The twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel makes 157kW and 500Nm, a modest increase of 10kW and 30Nm over the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel offered in lower-spec models. A 10-speed automatic transmission delivers power to all four wheels.

However, Ford has insisted that Raptor is more than just outputs and is more about how the package performs as a whole.

And to that effect Ford has slapped on race-bred Watt’s link suspension with Fox Shox, aluminium upper and lower control arms, heavy duty skid plates and underbody protection paired with a unique chassis to offer unparalleled off-road performance for a Ranger. Ford also stretched the front and rear tracks, upped the ride heights and increased the approach and departure angles, along with a increased wading depth of 850mm.

Equipped with a low and high range four-wheel drive set-up, a locking rear differential the Raptor extends its off-road performance credentials with a new Baja-mode for tearing up the rough-stuff.

“Aussies have a passion for performance cars, and an appetite for pick-ups, and the Ranger is a direct response to that,” said Ford Australia president, Graeme Whickman.

“Our local design and engineering team has worked incredibly hard with Ford Performance on this truly unique program to deliver a product that brings Raptor DNA and meets the needs of Australians who’ve called for such a vehicle,” added Whickman.

“This is a fully warranted, factory performance vehicle,” said Ranger Raptor's chief engineer, Damien Ross.

Cosmetically the Raptor has a more masculine stance thanks to big BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, 'Ford' block lettering on the front grille, LED daytime running lights, unique front and rear bumpers and large side-steps.

Inside the Raptor features a range of goodies including: an 8.0-inch touchscreen with SYNC3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Keyless entry and ignition, leather accented bucket seats, a unique instrument cluster and a Raptor-embossed steering wheel.

The Ford Ranger Raptor is now available for order before its arrival in showrooms later this year.

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