Find out what makes this peach of an off-roader so enjoyable to drive.
By motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay – Twitter @carwriteups, Instagram @tbarnesclay.
Guys, check out this beast of a pick-up. You can almost smell the testosterone emanating from it. But this isn’t the Ford Raptor from the States – this is the Ranger Raptor made especially for the European market. And it’s finally here in the UK.
The ‘Ford Performance’ pick-up sits on top of the new Ford Ranger line-up. It’s been tweaked to be at its finest off the beaten path, without loads and at speed. You could say the Ranger Raptor is a tough track sports machine.
Clout comes from a 213ps 2.0 twin-turbo diesel that powers two or four wheels via a ten-speed auto transmission with flappy paddles. This is enough to send this heavy high-performance truck from 0–62mph in 10.5 seconds, and on to a maximum speed of 106mph. That may not sound adrenaline inducing, but this is some achievement for a 2.5-tonne lump.
The Ranger Raptor looks mean, because it is – it can tow 2.5 tonnes, and the payload capacity is up to 620kg. It’s also undemanding to drive, with light steering and good body control. What’s more, the seats are comfortable, with decent room in the front and back – and kit, such as an infotainment system, making life on the move relaxing.
Fundamentally, Ford has produced a fresh new market niche with the Ranger Raptor, and it’s a vehicle you’ll find massively more appealing than, say, a ubiquitous flagship crossover. It’s undoubtedly one of the most captivating motors on the automotive market today – and it’s the one to have if you want a go-anywhere pick-up-cum-car that’ll keep up with the best off-roaders – and then blast past them.
Fast Facts (2019 Ford Ranger Raptor)
- Max speed: 106 mph
- 0-62 mph: 10.5 seconds
- Combined MPG: 44.8 mpg
- Engine layout: 1995cc 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 213
- CO2: 233 g/km
- Price: £48,785