Ford revealed the new Ford Ranger at NAIAS in Detroit just about a month ago, and one of the big questions everyone had is, “will there be a Raptor version.” Ford gave an answer that is a reason for both celebration and sadness. Yes, there will be a Ranger Raptor. No, it won’t come to the U.S. right away. When Ford first releases the Ranger Raptor it will be available only internationally. Eventually, though, it stands to reason that Ford will bring it or some version of it to America.
The Ranger Raptor is an all-around upgrade to the model. Like the larger F-150 Raptor, the model looks a lot more aggressive, and it has the goods to back up its looks. When Ford finally brings the Ranger Raptor to the U.S. it will likely have some notable changes from the international model, but we’d expect it to be similar on most fronts.
Here are some of the specs for the international Ranger Raptor:
- Off-road capable thanks to 11 inches of ground clearance, 32.5-degree approach angle, 24-degree break-over angle, and a 24-degree departure angle. There’s also plenty of skid plates and underbody protection.
- A 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel four-cylinder making 210 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque powers the truck. It’s mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, which pushes power through a four-wheel-drive system.
- The model features a special terrain management system with six drive modes.
- The Watts Link rear suspension and Fox Racing shocks, 13-inch upgraded ventilated steel disc brakes mean it will be able to handle tough terrain with ease.
- The frame is constructed of stiffer steel than the base Ranger, and the body features flared fenders and similar styling elements as the full-size F-150 Raptor.
It will be interesting to see what changes come to the Ranger Raptor when Ford brings it to America. There’s no guarantee that the company will, but with Chevrolet selling the Colorado ZR2, we think it probable that the Blue Oval will see the need for this crazy little pickup to come here and cause some havoc.