Ford has added another limited edition model to the Ranger series – now offering more than 40 variants – and this time it is based Raptor high-performance off-road pickup.
The new Ranger Raptor Special Edition gains several functional and styling enhancements – from eye-catching decals and red accents to the fitment of the integrated sports hoop and practical Mountain Top lockable black roller shutter.
“The new Ranger Raptor Special Edition adds even more dramatic style to this model, which remains unequalled in the popular bakkie segment two and a half years after it was launched in South Africa,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa. “The unique exterior enhancements and cabin updates make our off-road performance bakkie even more distinctive and desirable, while the fitment of the roller shutter as standard significantly enhances practicality and security for our customers.”
Featuring a choice of Conquer Grey, Frozen White, Performance Blue and Agate Black paint finishes, the new Ranger Raptor Special Edition adds twin matte black racing stripes – edged with red contrast lines – to the bonnet, roof, lower body sides, rear wings and tailgate to further emphasize the vehicle’s high-performance character.
Complementing the racing stripes, the front tow hooks are finished in red while the flared wheel arches, front and rear bumpers, door handles and signature Ford-embossed grille feature a matte black finish. Also new to this model is the integrated black sports hoop derived from the Ranger Wildtrak.
Inside, the steering wheel gains red stitching as do the seats and door cards, which replaces the blue stitching used on the normal Ranger Raptor. A Raceway Grey instrument panel adds further exclusivity, also finished off with red stitching.
The sports seats are designed and trimmed in Technical Suede for maximum grip, providing optimum support during high-performance off-road driving, while also providing exceptional comfort when cruising in town. Emphasising its sporty demeanour, the instrument cluster incorporates distinctive red needles for the dials.
The Ranger Raptor’s has 51 mm taller ride height compared to the standard Ranger, along with 283 mm ground clearance, 150 mm wider front and rear track and 850 mm wading depth. Its off-road credentials include a 32,5-degree approach angle, ramp-over and departure angles of 24 degrees.
One of the Ranger Raptor’s most important performance enhancements is the Fox Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers, which were exclusively developed for this model. They provide higher damping forces at extremes for unparalleled off-road capability, and lower damping forces in more moderate conditions for a smoother ride on-road. Front wheel travel is increased by 32% and rear travel by 22% compared to the standard Ranger.
As with the standard Ranger Raptor, the Special Edition is powered by Ford’s 2,0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine that delivers a maximum of 157 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque.
The Ranger Raptor Special Edition is priced at R965 300, while the standard Raptor Ranger is R920 300. All prices include VAT.
All new Ford Rangers come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year/120 000 km comprehensive warranty, 3-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and 5-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A 6-year/90 000km service plan is included which covers six services. The recommended service interval is 15 000 km or annually, whichever occurs first.