The Ford Ranger Raptor is just as capable as you think

The Ford Ranger Raptor is just as capable as you think

© Autocar – YouTube We still don’t get the Raptor version of the Ranger here in the US. But foregin reviews are in, and it’s the mini Raptor you’ve been hoping for.

The Ford Ranger Raptor is one of the hottest trucks of the moment despite the fact it’s not coming to the US. Matt Prior of Autocar got his hands on one recently, and he confirms it’s just as good as we hoped.

The Ranger Raptor is going on sale in Europe this year with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder making 210 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque pared with a 10-speed automatic. It’s the same drivetrain as the Ranger Raptor that launched in the Asia-Pacific last year. The baby Raptor also gets Fox Racing shocks, an independent front suspension, and a coil-sprung Watts-link solid rear axle. Prior was able to get some seat time off-road with the truck, and found it incredibly capable, just as you’d expect from a truck wearing the Raptor name. He does find the diesel engine a bit underwhelming, though, especially when compared to the F-150 Raptor’s 3.5-liter, 450-hp twin-turbo V-6.

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Ford has yet to confirm whether the Ranger Raptor will come to America. We believe that this Ranger Raptor probably won’t come to the US, as it was designed with the European and Asia-Pacific markets in mind-not ours. After all, it’s based on the T6 Ranger platform that debuted way back in 2011, and only made its way stateside last year. Ford is most likely working on an all-new Ranger with the US-market specifically in mind, which should arrive in just a few years. There will probably be a Raptor version of that new Ranger, which will likely will come to the US to capitalize on the huge success of the Raptor brand.

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