The all-new 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor has recently arrived in Malaysia for a price 259,888 ringgit, complete with a manufacturer’s warranty of 5 years/160,000 km. While that may seem like a lot to pay for a pickup truck, there’s more to the new Ranger Raptor than meets the eye.
If the words “Ranger Raptor” weren’t written on the specs sheet or brochure, you could easily be misled about Ford’s new thoroughbred. Heck, it might just as well have some cool sports car-like features you’d never expect from a pickup truck.
Turbo Anti-lag system in the style of a rally car – instant torque!
In addition to the most powerful serial Ranger with 397 hp. and 583 Nm of torque from the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine, the Raptor also received an updated 10-speed automatic transmission. But that’s not all, as a new driving mode has been introduced and it’s excitingly named Baja.
Select it and everything from the engine and transmission to the suspension goes into its sportiest settings, but there’s more. In Baja mode, the turbos will continue to spin for an additional three seconds after the driver lets off the gas pedal. If the driver presses the accelerator again during this time, the Raptor is able to instantly deliver torque for even more responsive acceleration – just like a rally car!
Active Valve Exhaust System – Quiet mode to be friendly to the neighbors, Baja mode for maximum volume
If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that you can identify and appreciate the bellows of a V6 engine, so it would be a crime not to let the Raptor’s twin-turbo unit sing. Ford clearly understands this, which is why they fitted the new Raptor with an active valve exhaust system that includes an X-pipe and electronically controlled valves to offer different exhaust notes.
It may look inconspicuous, but the noise it makes is anything but. You even get different modes for the exhaust – Quiet, Normal, Sport and Baja – with Baja being the loudest. These modes can be selected using a special button on the steering wheel. Yes, we’re still talking about a pickup truck.
Adaptive Fox shocks – soft for added comfort or stiff for more control at the push of a button
Fox shock absorbers are not uncommon for the Raptor, as the previous generation model was already equipped with them. However, the new Raptor comes with an even more advanced Fox Adaptive Suspension with new 2.5-inch Live Valve internal coilover shocks. They are filled with Teflon oil, which reduces friction by 50% for an even smoother ride.
There are even sensors that monitor the driver’s actions and road conditions 500 times per second to adjust damping rates accordingly to provide the best possible ride in all driving conditions. Ford said these are the most advanced shocks ever installed in a Ranger.
Bottom-Out Control System – leave squats in the gym
Part of what makes the Fox shocks the most advanced in the Ranger is the Bottom-Out Control system they feature. As the name suggests, the race-proven system essentially prevents the rear end from squatting under hard acceleration. The fact that this is installed on a Ranger Raptor speaks volumes for the performance on offer here, doesn’t it?
The system works by strengthening the rear shock absorbers in the last 25% of travel. Less squat in the rear, more control in the front, more power on the road. You see where we’re coming with the Raptor, don’t you?
Trail Control System – Have you ever heard of off-road cruise control? Now you have.
As Ford aptly points out, the Ranger Raptor may be inspired by desert racers, but it also “beats the slow stuff.” It may not be a “sports car,” but it’s too unique not to mention. The Trail Control system is essentially like cruise control, but for off-road driving.
By simply selecting the Trail Control icon on the Tesla-style infotainment system’s 12-inch vertical touchscreen, the system is activated and can operate at speeds of up to 20 mph. The speed can be set by the driver behind the wheel, as would be the case with a conventional cruise control system. The driver is only required to steer the car while the car controls acceleration and braking. This feature also works for downhills.
All that said, we only have words for the Raptor, but based on what’s been mentioned, don’t you think the Ranger Raptor is more of a sports car than a pickup truck?