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Ford Ranger Raptor Imposes Iron Hand Among Medium Trucks

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In January we told you on our networks that Ford was preparing the local premiere of the expected Ranger Raptor. And the deadline was met this Thursday night, when the American firm uncovered its most radical and daring medium-sized truck, which arrives with enough parchments to position itself as the pick-up top among the competition of generalists. It leaves the Toyota Hilux GR Sport, the Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label and also the most outstanding Mitsubishi L200 well behind. Not even the Mazda BT-50, with the largest engine of all those mentioned (3.2 liters), is comparable.

Continuing in the mechanical section, the Ranger Raptor – which comes to complete the range of the current Ranger that was renewed a year ago – equips a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder twin-turbo Panther engine (also drives the European Ranger Thunder), which It has the particularity of delivering 213 horses and an excellent torque of 500 Nm at a very low range of revolutions per minute: between 1,750 and 2,000 laps. This flow is channeled to all four wheels – 17 ″ and 285 mm wide – through a 10-speed automatic transmission derived from its bigger sister, the F-150. The truck has six different driving modes and approves a mixed consumption of 12.2 km / l.

How does it fit in this section against its rivals? The Toyota with its 2.8 engine delivers 174 horsepower and 450 Nm. The Volkswagen remains at 180 Hp and 420 Nm with a 2.0 block, while the 2.4-engine Mitsubishi does not reach either (178 horsepower and 430 Nm). The closest is the Mazda, which uses an engine one-third larger than that of the Ranger Raptor, to develop 197 horsepower and 470 Nm.

The most focus truck off-road Of the entire Ranger range -which this time comes from a Thai origin- it has Fox 2.5 ″ shock absorbers, with independent suspension at the front and multilink at the rear, and it has rear differential lock. Likewise, the brakes to calm the impulses of the last Ford are with 332 mm diameter ventilated discs on all four wheels. It measures 5,398 mm long, 2,179 mm wide and 1,873 mm high, and has a wading capacity of 850 mm. The angles of attack, ventral and exit are 32.5º, 24º and 25º, respectively. Finally, it has four towing hooks: two front and two rear hooked to the chassis.

Outwardly, the Ranger Raptor denotes its lineage with elements such as, reinforced treads and grill with an exclusive design taken from the larger Raptor, headlights and fog lights with LED technology. Inside, everything is complemented by heated, blue-stitched sports seats, a paddle-wheel and the Sync3 infotainment system, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The only version available in the country integrates a lane keeping system, pre-collision assistant with pedestrian detection, traction and stability controls, anti-tip control, camera and rear parking sensors, as well as descent control. Have airbags front, side and curtain.

The Ranger Raptor has a list price of $ 39,790,000 including VAT.

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