A lot of ute customers get the Ford Ranger Raptor for its rough-truck appears, but it is the way it drives on-road and off-street that impressed the judges enough to acquire out this category.
Whilst other utes intention to contend in the exact same ‘super ute’ room, it has develop into obvious no-a person else has nonetheless appear shut enough to actually demanding the Ford Ranger Raptor for its epic bandwidth of capacity.
That it manages to feel virtually lavish to generate soon after expending time guiding the wheel of other utes, demonstrates what an engineering feat this is.
This award was specified out pretty much 12 months in advance of the petrol-powered twin-turbo V6 new-technology Ford Ranger Raptor arrived in Australian showrooms.
Although the existing 2.-litre twin-turbo diesel could be viewed as underdone by efficiency-car standards, it gets the position finished proficiently and proficiently.
As we have claimed ahead of, the 2.-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel has had some trustworthiness challenges in the previous (recurring gas injector failures), the 10-pace automated should to be far better calibrated for smoother and a lot more intuitive shifts, and the epic off-street tyres are dicy on damp roads.
Payload and towing capacity are confined to 714kg/2500km versus 952kg/3500kg for the Navara Professional-4X Warrior, and 693kg/2721kg for the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.
But the Ford Ranger Raptor is, fairly frankly, in a class of its individual in every other regard.
The judges acknowledged its phenomenal off-street ability thanks to Fox shocks, off-street tyres, outstanding wheel articulation, generous clearance angles, and a advanced traction regulate process. It can go where by other utes worry to tread.
If you crave off-highway means, on-highway convenience – and want the gas economic climate of diesel and don’t want to tow higher than 2500kg – improved snap-up an instance of this era Ford Ranger Raptor right before it goes ou
t of creation.
It will be replaced by a twin-turbo V6 petrol motor when the new-generation Ford Ranger Raptor arrives in late 2022 or early 2023.
When Ford will go on to provide the 2.-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel in abroad versions of the new-generation Ranger Raptor, for now there are no ideas to provide than option in Australia.
Holding out for a 3.-litre V6 turbo diesel model of the new Ford Ranger Raptor? Sadly there are no strategies for that variant both.
Having said that, if you genuinely want the 3.-litre V6 turbo diesel in a Ford Ranger with Fox shocks, the F-O-R-D grille and Raptor appears to be like, cross your fingers and hope Ford offers a successor to the Fx4 Max – which can also tow 3500kg. Now we’re taking…