Ford Ranger Raptor Write-up

The new Ford Ranger Raptor is popularly considered as the most powerful double-cab bakkie in the South African market. To showcase its capabilities, Ford chose the Namib Desert as the location for an off-road experience for the media. The Ranger Raptor stands out with its imposing presence and aggressive styling. It features a wide front end, sculpted bonnet, and Matrix LED lights with distinctive C-Clamp daytime running lights. The bakkie also has a durable steel bash plate and flared wheel arches, complemented by 17-inch BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tires.

Under the hood, the Ranger Raptor is equipped with a potent 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 engine that delivers an impressive 292 kW and 583 Nm of torque. Its power is channelled through a specifically calibrated 10-speed automatic transmission to the permanent 4-wheel-drive system. The suspension system includes rear Watts Link coil springs and Fox 2.5-inch Live Valve Internal Bypass shock absorbers, providing stability and optimal performance during high-speed off-roading.

Inside the cabin, the Ranger Raptor offers a sense of occasion with fighter-jet-inspired leather-trimmed seats and a multifunction steering wheel. The 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system powered by SYNC4 provide essential information and entertainment options. The Raptor also features drive modes, including on-road and off-road settings, controlled through the centre console dial.

During the test drive in the Namib Desert, the Ranger Raptor proved its capabilities with its powerful engine and impressive performance. It offers exhilarating acceleration and agility on sand, making it one of the fastest double-cab bakkies in South Africa. The Raptor’s off-road features, such as Trail Control and front differential lock, enhance its ability to conquer challenging terrains with ease.

The Ranger Raptor’s ground clearance, wading depth, towing capacity, and load capacity make it a versatile and capable vehicle. However, its fuel consumption is high due to its performance-oriented nature.

In conclusion, the Ford Ranger Raptor is a remarkable high-speed off-road machine that surpasses its competitors in terms of 4×4 capability. While additional costs for service or maintenance plans should be considered, the Ranger Raptor remains unmatched in its segment, with no direct rivals currently on the market.

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