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New Ford Ranger Raptor ready for offroad challenges

Written by Thembani Magazi – March 10, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

A few new big improvements are being made to the Ford Ranger Raptor. The highly successful pick-up truck is set to shake things up in 2022 with a host of performance upgrades which Ford claims will give the model better off-roading capabilities.

Firstly, the previously used 2.0 litre diesel engine is being replaced with a spanking new 284bhp, 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine. Apart from providing more power, the new engine also puts out more torque which levels out at 491 Nm. Ford also claims that the new engine block is stronger than the traditional iron unit. A notable addition is the newly featured anti-lag system which was originally developed for the company’s GT road car.

The new Ranger Raptor now comes fitted with a full-time 4WD system with an on-demand two-speed transfer case in combination with front and rear locking differentials. There are now seven selectable drive modes and an electronically controlled active exhaust system, giving the model improved versatility in a wide range of driving conditions. The truck makes use of a bespoke chassis with Raptor-specific mounts and reinforcements that enable it to face truly punishing driving conditions.

In a technological leap forward from the existing model, the new Raptor is upgraded with the Fox shock absorber suspension setup. These units are the most sophisticated to ever be featured on a Raptor. They are filled with a Teflon-infused oil that reduces friction by about 50% when compared to the existing Raptor. Impressive innovation indeed.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Fans of pick-up trucks and off-road enthusiasts can be thrilled with this newest iteration of the Raptor. It seems to offer a lot more compared to the existing version but one question is still likely to hang over the heads of potential buyers willing to upgrade: how expensive will the shift to a petrol V6 be? Rising oil prices currently could affect thousands of products and supply chains and in turn make buyers more frugal. Ford remains optimistic with Dave Burn, chief programme engineer for the Raptor, stating “It’s a seriously fun truck to drive and I think the raw performance is going to blow them away.” The new Raptor is slated to arrive in Europe this summer followed by its customer deliveries.

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