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Ford Ranger Raptor breaks cover in Thailand

Ford Ranger Raptor 2018Ford recently unveiled the Raptor version of its Ranger pick-up in Thailand, but it will not be making its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. If there is sufficient interest from customers Ford might contemplate putting it on sale, including in the UK, but it’s too early to call.

But what is all the fuss about? Well, how about a twin-turbo version of the 2.0TDCi diesel producing 213hp and developing peak torque of 500Nm for starters? Add a ten-speed automatic, dual-range 4x4 transmission, increased ride height, wider track, improved approach and departure angles, all-new Watt’s linkage rear suspension with coilover rear springs and Fox Racing Shox dampers all-round and you get the picture. The Raptor is designed for serious, high speed off-road use and it really does look the part.

Ford Ranger Raptor 2018It comes with a Terrain Management System (TMS) offering six modes for a variety of driving situation. There’s a dedicated five-button switch located on the steering wheel for mode selection with each calibrated to offer the best possible combination of technologies working in unison to tackle the chosen terrain or driving style. The modes include on-road Normal and Sport and off-road Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and the ultimate; Baja mode.

We suspect that the Ranger Raptor will not see the light of day on the UK price list, but like its F150 Raptor bigger brother, there’s always the import route, or wait until the Black Edition goes on sale in the Spring; not quite the same thing, but will certainly have some road presence.

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