New Ford Ranger Raptor 2022 Special Edition review

Decision

It’s hard to recommend the Raptor in a rational way, because it’s not that kind of vehicle. This is a pick-up for someone who would otherwise be looking at left-hand field options like the Mustang, or the usual premium midsize SUV. It looks pricey too – but those swayed by the mix of hefty size, decent practicality, and sheer road presence aren’t likely to be put off by this.

We’re big Ford Ranger fans at Auto Express; it’s practical, versatile, reasonably priced, backed by a large dealer network, and good enough to bridge the line between being a workhorse and a family vehicle.

But at the higher end of its range lies the Raptor, a jacked-up and expanded version of the pick-up that’s really designed for those who want to be seen. It takes cues from the US market F-150 Raptor and you can think of it, in fact, as a little piece of Americana – a bit like the V8 Mustang you sometimes see in your local Sainsbury parking lot, but longer, taller and with a 2.0-liter diesel engine. .

Of course, the regular Raptor gets trick suspension and massive off-road tires, to allow it to live up to its rugged appearance. But it’s definitely not an obvious choice for business users – not least because its load capacity is just 620kg (less than all other Rangers), so it doesn’t qualify for VAT exemption. And that means it will cost around 50 thousand.

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Even so, Ford deems it necessary to turn the volume up a bit to help extend the life of the Ranger Raptor – at least until the new Ranger, co-developed with VW, arrives in 2023. Here’s the Ranger Raptor Special Edition – featuring graphics, black and red stitching on the fabric. upgraded seats, and black finishes on everything from the front grille and sports bar to the bespoke wheels.

It has a presence, it does – though perhaps only Raptor fans will be able to look beyond the width and height of the upgraded Ranger to see the styling shift. Ford obviously thought it would mean something to someone, as it was charging the full £54,085 for the privilege.

There’s no change to speak of mechanically, meaning that on the highway, the Special Edition feels like a conventional Raptor. That’s generally a good thing, as the steering is consistently weighty and direct, and the bespoke suspension strikes a fine balance between comfort and body control. In fact, it’s a more sophisticated setup than conventional pick-ups, so you won’t feel the usual vibrations that come with leaf springs.

The engine is almost up to the task, though you can’t help but feel that the V6 diesel motor expected to be part of the upcoming Ranger lineup will deliver a level of punch that is more in line with what is, in many ways, the Focus RS from Ford’s pick-up family. . The four-cylinder motor here has 210bhp and 500Nm of torque – enough for a 0-62mph time in nine seconds and a top speed of 112mph.

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On the cruise, the Ranger Raptor feels relatively comfortable with life; You’ll hear a little bit of street noise from the chunky tires and the gust of wind produced by the snapping force more than any grunt from under the hood. The gearbox – a 10 speed automatic – is generally reliable for making smooth and intelligent shifts.

Any requests for faster performance — sudden kickdowns or putting the transmission in manual mode and using paddles mounted on the steering wheel — are met by a vocal reminder that you’re in a diesel commercial vehicle, even if you don’t have a boatload. It seems odd to say this, but if anything, the chassis is probably better suited to the B-road than the powertrain. Go.

Around town, there’s no way to escape the scale of the vehicle you’re riding in – although the elevated seating position gives you great views from the front and the square edges mean it’s really easy to judge where it’s starting. and tip – useful in small spaces or supermarket parking lots mentioned above. The door openings are also very wide, so if you have enough space around your vehicle, it’s fairly easy to get in and out of them.

Inside, the Raptor’s cabin feels a notch above a typical pick-up class, with car-like materials in key areas and tougher, perhaps more durable plastic elsewhere. It’s certainly a comfortable enough place for longer trips, with supportive seats and plenty of onboard technology, including an eight-inch touchscreen featuring Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system.

Model: Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition
Price: £54,085 (including VAT)
Machine: 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbodiesel
Power/torque: 210bhp/500Nm
Transmission: 10-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
0-62mph: 9.0 seconds
Top speed: 112mph
Economy: 36.2-36.7mpg
CO2 Emissions: 201-204g/km
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