Ford presents its SA-bound first-ever Ranger Raptor

Ford presents its SA-bound first-ever Ranger Raptor”

Maybe the worst kept secret in Ford land is their newest edition of the Ranger, the Ford Ranger Raptor is now officially confirmed. For whatever the reason, the small truck never died out in the Antipodes, and Ford's Asia Pacific region will still sell you Ranger, albeit one that's still bigger than any Ranger we remember. Head over to Ford Australia to check out a video of the prototype being put to the test.

Ford Asia Pacific today published a teaser trailer confirming the existence of a high-performance Ford Ranger Raptor mid-size truck, which will launch in Australia in 2018.

Inspired by desert races such as the Baja 1000, it's called the Ranger Raptor (if it's anything like the severely attitudinous F-150 Raptor with which it shares the name that's not a bad thing) and it will be coming to South Africa in due course - expect more information closer to the time.

No word on specs for the Ranger Raptor, which is still only being teased, but the switched-on blokes over at CarAdvice seem to think it'll likely be the twin-turbo 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 that sits in the current F-150 Raptor, which develops a more than healthy 335kW and 690Nm, now mated to a trick 10-speed auto 'box.

"Sharing the same nomenclature as the F-150 Raptor, the world's most extreme production bakkie, Ranger Raptor is in a class of its own among mid-size off-road performance vehicles". The ultimate expression of Ford Ranger will come with exclusive features targeted to deliver the ultimate experience for off-road users.

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