Ford has launched a new Ranger Raptor Special Edition model in South Africa, produced in limited numbers to ensure exclusivity.
The new Ranger Raptor includes the addition of several functional and stylish upgrades – from eye-catching decals and red accents to an integrated sports ring mount and a handy black roller shutter that locks on the Mountaintop.
“The new Ranger Raptor Special Edition adds even more dramatic style to this trendsetter model that remains unequaled in the popular bakkie segment two and a half years after its launch in South Africa,” said Doreen Mashinini, GM for marketing at Ford South Africa.
“Unique exterior upgrades and cab updates make our off-road performance bakkies even more distinctive and desirable, while mounting a roller shutter as standard significantly increases practicality and safety for our customers.”
Ranger Raptor Special Edition appreciated R965,300the most expensive model, while the standard Raptor Ranger is R920,300. All prices include VAT.
Featuring Conquer Grey, Frozen White, Performance Blue and Agate Black color options, this new special edition vehicle adds twin matte black racing stripes – with contrasting red stripes – to the hood, roof, underbody, rear wing and tailgate. . to further emphasize the high performance character of the vehicle.
The front tow hooks are finished in red while the widened wheel arches, front and rear bumpers, door handles and Ford’s signature embossed grille feature a matte black finish to create an even more impressive appearance than the standard Ranger Raptor gray exterior details.
Also new to this exclusive model are the integrated black sports rings derived from the Ranger Wildtrak, which add further sporting flair to the Ranger Raptor’s muscular appearance, the automaker said.
“The standard Mountain Top lockable black roller shutter, previously seen on the limited edition Ranger Thunder, is a great addition that allows owners to safely secure items in the cargo compartment, away from prying eyes and protected from the elements.”
Inside the dual cabin, the interior feels sportier and bespoke, with red stitching for the steering wheel, seats and door cards replacing the blue stitching used on the regular Ranger Raptor. The special edition Raceway Gray instrument panel adds further exclusivity, also topped off with red stitching, says Ford.
The sports seats are trimmed in Technical Suede, while the steering wheel incorporates perforated leather handrails, paired with lightweight magnesium paddle shifters.
The Ranger Raptor’s powerful stance proves unabashedly with a 51mm higher ride height compared to the standard Ranger, along with 283mm of ground clearance, 150mm wider front and rear tracks, and 850mm of submersion depth.
Its off-road credentials are further emphasized by the 32.5-degree approach angle, and 24-degree ramp-over and departure angles.
The bumper includes LED fog lamps with air curtain ducts for better airflow, while the Ranger Raptor also features an integrated heavy-duty towing rod that increases the vehicle’s angle of departure, and includes two heavy-duty recovery latches. Equipped with a removable integrated towbar, the Ranger Raptor has a towing capacity of 2,500kg.
“One of the most important performance improvements of the Ranger Raptor is the FOX Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers, which were developed exclusively for this model. They provide a higher damping force in extreme conditions for unmatched off-road capability, and a lower damping force in more moderate conditions for a smoother on-road ride,” said Ford.
Front wheel travel increased by 32%, and rear travel by 22% compared to the standard Ranger.
Also contributing to the Ranger Raptor’s performance on all road surfaces is the specially developed Terrain Management System (TMS) that enables off-road driving without the intervention of the vehicle’s on-board systems. Gear selection is optimized for maximum performance, and the mapping will hold the gear longer and downshift more aggressively, says Ford.
2.0 Bi-Turbo with 10 speed automatic gearbox
This special edition vehicle is powered by Ford’s 2.0 liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine that produces 157kW of maximum power and 500Nm of torque.
The all-new Ford Rangers come standard with Ford Protect, which consists of a comprehensive four-year/120,000km warranty, three-year/unlimited roadside assistance, and a five-year/unlimited corrosion warranty. A six year/90,000km service plan is included which includes six services.
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