Sime Darby Auto Connexion has launched the new Ford Ranger Raptor following the launch of the all-new Ranger in July. This is the price 259,888 ringgit on the road without insurance and comes with a five-year/160,000km manufacturer’s warranty, whichever comes first. Customers can opt for a two-year extended warranty with PremiumCare, which offers a wide range of coverage.
The main highlight of the Raptor is the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine, which produces a whopping 397 hp. at 5,650 rpm and 583 Nm at 3,500 rpm, numbers that make the Raptor the most powerful production Ranger ever. The engine block is made from densified graphite cast iron, which is 75% stronger than traditional cast iron. It is also the same material used in Ford NASCAR engines.
No official 0-100km/h time has been quoted anywhere yet, but the Australian media reported a 5.8sec time during the test.
If that’s not impressive enough, the Raptor is also equipped with an anti-lag system. Activated with Baja mode, the system keeps the turbochargers running for three seconds after the driver releases the gas pedal. This provides a quicker and more responsive power transfer when the driver returns to the gas pedal.
In addition to the most aggressive Baja mode, six other driving modes are available, including Normal, Sport, Slippery, Rock, Mud and Ruts, and Sand. Allowing the V6 engine to sing on higher notes, the active valve exhaust system, which includes an X-pipe and electronically controlled valves, creates different exhaust notes. There are four exhaust modes – quiet, normal, sport and Baja – which can be selected with a special button on the steering wheel.
The V6 engine works in conjunction with an updated 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, where each gear is programmed with its own boost profile. The new Ranger Raptor now features Fox Adaptive Suspension with new Live Valve 2.5-inch internal coilover shocks. Shock absorbers are filled with Teflon oil to reduce friction by 50%.
There are sensors that monitor road conditions and drivers input 500 times per second to adjust the damping levels accordingly. Fox adaptive shocks also feature the race-proven Bottom-Out Control system, which provides maximum damping force in the last 25% of shock travel. The system can stiffen the rear dampers to prevent the Raptor from squatting (rearward) under hard acceleration. Ford says these are the most advanced shocks ever installed on a Ranger.
The Raptor’s chassis has also been improved with a reinforced frame structure, stronger front shocks and rear shock brackets to withstand the rigors of off-road conditions. Also new is the unique mounting of the spare wheel. The new Raptor now features lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms and a Watts Link rear suspension system.
The underbody now gets extra protection thanks to a 2.3mm steel front plate that’s twice the size of the standard Ranger. The lock plate, along with the engine and transfer case covers, help protect key components such as the radiator, steering rack, crankcase and front differential.
For the first time, the Ranger Raptor received an advanced permanent four-wheel drive system with an all-new two-speed electronically controlled transfer case. It also gets locking front and rear differentials, which can be controlled on the go from the infotainment screen.
In addition, the Raptor also features Trail Control, which is essentially a cruise control feature for off-roading. The system operates at speeds of up to 32 km/h, controlling acceleration and braking, while the driver only needs to steer the car.
In terms of dimensions, the Raptor measures 5,381mm in length, 2,028mm in width, 1,922mm in height with a 3,270mm wheelbase and 272mm ground clearance. For off-road driving, it has an approach angle of up to 32 degrees and a departure angle of up to 27 degrees. The depth of the Raptor wading passage is up to 800 mm, and the curb weight is 2430 kilograms. The front now features matrix LED headlights with C-clamp LED daytime running lights.
Matrix headlamps feature predictive cornering, glare-free high beams and automatic dynamic leveling to improve forward visibility without dazzling oncoming traffic. It can even adjust the intensity of the beam depending on the speed of the vehicle.
The vents near the front fenders and front hood are really functional. The Ranger Raptor is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 285/70 R17 BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tires. Both side mirrors are equipped with cameras and lights, while the new rear lights have an integrated blind spot radar. Unlike its predecessor, the new Raptor prominently displays its twin exhaust tips, while the cargo bed features three-pin 12V and 230V power outlets.
What might not be obvious is the third brake light, which is now located on the tailgate instead of above the rear windshield. Unlike the previous Raptor, the tailgate also features a Ranger recess. As for the color options, the Ranger Raptor is available in a new orange color, as well as all-black, arctic white, lightning blue and conquer grey.
If you’re not tired of reading about the Ranger Raptor, there are plenty of toys inside the car to explore further. For starters, you’ll get a pair of F22-style bucket seats splashed with Raptor’s trademark orange code.
Both seats are electrically adjustable in 11 directions, with lumbar support as standard. In addition to the magnesium paddle shifters, the steering wheel also has buttons for adjusting the suspension, exhaust and steering. There’s even an “R” button that serves as an individual mode. Up front is a 12.4-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster, flanked by a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford SYNC 4A.
Standard features include a wireless charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, ambient lighting, four USB ports (2x USB-A, 2x USB-C) and, most notable of all, an eight-speaker system. Bang & Olufsen. Unlike its predecessor, the Ranger Raptor now has a dashboard storage area and a new door handle.
A new electronic shifter and electric parking brake free up extra storage space on the center console, but that’s not all. The electronic shifter also works in conjunction with the Auto Park feature, where all the driver has to do is hold down the Auto Park button and the Raptor will steer, accelerate, reverse and brake on its own. Above the front passengers is an overhead panel with six auxiliary switches for off-road lighting, air compressors and other accessories. Each switch can be connected to power other electronics.
Safety features include seven airbags, including a curtain and driver’s knee airbag, collision avoidance, cornering assist, reverse brake assist, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic warning, lane keeping with edge detection roads, lane centering, adaptive cruise control with stop-go and active park assist.