There’s a new Ford Ranger Raptor in town - the ‘bad-ass’ Special Edition, as Ford describes it.
And with uprated exterior and interior styling, the Special Edition has movie star good looks - which is just as well, as it even stars in a new short flick, called The Good, the Bad and the Bad-RSE and which you’ll find on YouTube, which sees the Raptor SE being a chased by a Mad Max-style gang of desert racers!
Away from the glitz and glamour of that promo, the new Special Edition is all about head turning road presence.
Arriving in showrooms this October, lease customers will get twin matte black racing stripes – edged with red contrast lines – to the bonnet, roof, lower body sides, rear wings and tailgate.
As well as those racing stripes there are front tow hooks finished in red while the flared wheel arches, front and rear bumpers, door handles and signature Ford-embossed grille feature a matte black finish to create an even more ‘imposing appearance’ than the standard Raptor’s grey exterior details.
Step inside the Special Edition’s double cab and things have more of a performance feel compared with standard Raptors.
There’s red stitching for the steering wheel, instrument panel and door cards while there’s also high-grain leather seats and a Special Edition-only ‘Raceway Grey’ instrument panel.
The Special Edition model retains Ranger Raptor’s Ford Performance chassis, which is optimized for high-speed off-road driving, and which sits 51mm taller than the Ranger XLT for when you really need to tackle the tough stuff.
The bespoke suspension uses aluminium double wishbones at the front and a multi-link rear architecture, including FOX shock absorbers with sophisticated damping that adjusts depending on the terrain you’re haring across.
Ford says it’s standard Raptor is ‘infused with the performance DNA of the Focus RS’. And the Special Edition also features the same 213 PS 2.0 litre EcoBlue twin-turbo diesel engine that develops 500 Nm of torque.
That engine is also bolted to a 10-speed automatic gearbox shared with the Ford Mustang sports car.
Meanwhile the Ranger Raptor’s unique 4x4 Terrain Management System enables drivers to tackle a wide range of terrain and driving scenarios, including ‘Baja Mode’ – named after the famous Baja 1000 desert rally – for optimum off-road performance.
Stefan Muenzinger, manager, Ford Performance, Ford of Europe, said:
“The new Ranger Raptor Special Edition adds even more dramatic style to our ‘bad-ass’ truck, with unique exterior touches and cabin enhancements that make our off-road performance pick-up even more distinctive and desirable.
“Starring in its own Spaghetti Western movie is the perfect way to demonstrate Ranger Raptor Special Edition’s style and off-road capability.”
We’ll bring you news on pricing as and when it arrives.
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