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2019 Ford Ranger Raptor 4x4

Review: Ford Ranger Raptor

Built for discerning truck lovers who want their ride to deliver more top-end power and bottom-end torque, with quick acceleration and smooth gear changes, the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor 4×4 delivers on all counts.

Under the hood

Under the hood of the 2019 model Ford Ranger Raptor is an impressive Bi-Turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 157kW horsepower and 500Nm of torque. There’s enough muscle there to make the Raptor we tested ideal for all-terrain conditions, and the power delivery is smooth and responsive.

This innovative power plant offers both high performance and efficiency, thanks to its combination of a small high-pressure turbo and a large low-pressure turbo that work to provide optimal performance throughout the engine speed range.

And you will never have to worry about whether it will be up to the task of handling the stresses of high performance, as the powertrain has been designed for the most powerful and highest stress application. This includes running a torturous thermal cycle on the engine, heating both turbochargers to the point of glowing red for 200 hours non-stop.

The high-grade alloy turbo housing ensures durability up to 860 degrees Celsius exhaust temperature, while the turbo bearings and low-pressure turbo are water-cooled to reduce temperature and protect the air induction components.

10-speed Automatic Transmission

Having 10 gears means a wider ratio-span, resulting in better acceleration and responsiveness in all driving conditions. With more room to optimise gear spacing, gear progression can be customised for more accurate and quicker shifts.

Unique to the Ranger Raptor are steering wheel-mounted magnesium paddle shifters that give the driver ultimate control over the gear change points and driving dynamics.

Ford Ranger Raptor Steering Gear Paddles

To further underline its impressive off-road capabilities, the Ranger Raptor’s Terrain Management System (TMS) offers six pre-set driving modes to power through any terrain – all at the turn of a dial. These settings include Baja, Sport, Weather, Mud/Sand, Rock Crawl, and Normal.

In Baja mode, vehicle systems like Traction Control are pared back to allow off-road driving without intervention from the vehicle’s on-board systems. Gear selection is optimised for maximum performance, and the mapping will hold gears longer and downshift more aggressively.

Height and Grip for any Terrain

Its imposing stance, with 51mm taller ride height, 283mm ground clearance, 150mm wider front and rear track and 850mm wading depth let you know that this is a serious off-road performance machine. A 32.5-degree approach angle, and ramp-over and departure angles of 24 degrees, provide incredible versatility.

Ford Ranger Raptor shock absorbers

To better handle crunching jumps, the Ranger Raptor boasts Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers exclusively manufactured by FOX 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 per cent, and rear travel by 22 per cent compared to the standard Ranger.

The Ranger Raptor’s specially developed BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 all-terrain tyres offer a tough sidewall to take on the most formidable environments with confidence, and an aggressive off-road tread pattern that provides outstanding grip in wet, mud, sand and snow conditions.

Extreme Stopping Power

When you need to come to a halt, the braking system on the Ranger Raptor offers extreme stopping power through new and bespoke components. Front braking is performed by twin-piston front callipers, increased in piston diameter by more than 20 per cent compared with the standard Ranger to 51 mm, along with 332 x 32 mm ventilated discs. Rear braking performance is also enhanced with 54 mm diameter rear callipers and 332 x 24 mm ventilated discs.

In addition, for the first time on a Ranger, the rear brakes include a separate brake actuation master cylinder and booster to increase braking performance.

Safety and Convenience

The Raptor is loaded with safety and convenience features that make it suitable for both on and off-road driving. A host of driver-assist technologies are available at the push of a button, incorporating unique design features tailored for the Ranger Raptor.

For instance, Ford’s standard SYNC®3 with Navigation system offers a unique ‘breadcrumb’ feature to leave a trail in uncharted areas – perfect for the serious off-roader. And safety being a number one priority, Ranger Raptor is equipped with Ford Stability Control (FSC), incorporating Roll Stability Control (RSC) that was specifically developed for Ford’s sport utility vehicle (SUV) range, and has been adapted for the Raptor. It utilises clever sensors to anticipate and minimise oversteer, understeer and rollover incidents.

Ford Ranger Raptor dogs in the bin

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