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Ranger Raptor is unnecessary, exaggerated and pivhamrende fed

I'm rolling slowly towards the traffic lights. In front of holding a Toyota Aygo for red. When the light turns green, the driver inattentive and will not realize that we must run.

In a moment of weakness, considering I know I can beat firehjulstrækket to and simply just run over the little mikrobil. I return to reality and honking discreetly, so Aygoen put in the time.

Such a feeling gives it to sit behind the wheel of a Ford Ranger Raptor. It is big, brutal and in many ways meaningless. But it is hard not to fall for it.

Extra Magazine, the Craftsman has previously tested Ford Ranger Raptor, which is a more extreme poop on the regular pickup Ranger, since the international press were invited on a tour in Morocco by the Ford foundation.

this impressed the Ranger Raptor paper's correspondent, and now we have been allowed to borrow the car under more mundane circumstances in order to see if a Raptor still makes sense, when it is more asfaltjunglen over sand dunes that have to be overcome in Ford's ’badass’ pickup.

Behind the wheel highlights the sporty off-road profile by the red marking on the steering wheel, known from motorsport. Photo: Niels Friis

Extra Magazine, the Craftsman has set the exchange rate at the western Jutland, where a nice farmer has given permission for that we need to verify Ford's promising words. The calendar says mid-march, so even is the country's fields have not been completely dry after the extremely wet winter that we had.

Therefore, I turn button, where you can choose between tohjulstræk, four-wheel drive high gearing and four-wheel drive with low gearing, over on the all-wheel drive with high leverage. I shall also ensure to select the køreindstillingen ’Mud/Sand Mode’ among the six options available.

The 2.0-liter diesel engine with 213 hp buzz well through the when I press the cleat in the bottom on the stubmarken. All four wheels spin on the soft stubmark, but they shall soon hold, and the speed increases. After a few hundred meters I throw out racer in a elongated left turn, and suddenly I notice how the front wheels sink deeper and deeper into the soft mark.

A wet stubmark is yet a greater challenge than the Ford Ranger, the Raptor can handle, and therefore must be retrieved using from a tractor. Photo: Niels Friis

Ranger, the Raptor is equipped with all-terrain tyres BF Goodrich, which is specially developed for the model, but even the low-range transfer box slab shall give lost, since they are plastered in mud. The wheels spin in vain, and even if I try to go over in low ratio and select køreindstillingen to the smooth surface, there is nothing to do.

Raptoren sitting helplessly stuck, and I eventually got dug it so well down, that it is on the 2.3 mm thick plate in high-tensile steel, which protects the Raptorens bug in the hard terrain.

It can sound like a bit of a disappointment for Raptorens off-road abilities, but when the farmer comes to the rescue in his tractor to pull the pick-up is free, he is in fact, margins from even getting stuck in the big agricultural machine. So maybe the conclusion is rather that it can be difficult to set something up for a wet Danish winter, than that the Raptor is not major.

When we both are free of the mud, I seek the higher up on the field, where there is more dry, and here comes the Raptorens capabilities to its right. In køreindstillingen Baja smashes the pick-up over the stubble, and oblivious to almost not ujævnhederne in the cabin, the Raptor will just forward.

The diesel engine pushes on and does what it can, but you have to be a little tough, so could the Raptor, despite a torque of 500 Nm have a little more power, so the engine better matched the rest of the package.

In Ford Ranger Raptor you can on the steering wheel in the car's so-called Terrain Management System choose between six different køreindstillinger, which is designed to tackle different situations.

In the ’Normal Mode’, the focus is on comfort, fuel consumption and driveability.

In the ’Sport Mode’ offers the Raptor a more entertaining drive on the road.

’Grass/Gravel/Snow Mode’ provides a more secure driving on slippery and uneven surfaces.

’Mud/Sand Mode’ provides optimal traction and torque in deep and uneven surface as mud and sand.

’Rock Mode’ is designed to lavhastighedsområder with stone, where the control over the car is important.

’Baja Mode’ is designed to højhastsigheds-offroading like in the well-known Baja-ørkenrally.

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After completing the markræs and a good half-hour with a pressure washer is Raptoren roughly freed from mudderdyngerne, and I find myself again on the road.

Here is a Raptor not quite as fit as the regular Ranger, but it is far from intolerable. The comfort is thanks to the special suspension and the FOX-the dampers extremely fine.

A regular Ranger must pull up to 3500 kg on the hook, where the Raptor will have to make do with 2500 kg, so you need often to strap a big trailer or many kilos on the hook, the model might not be right for you.

You must choose a Raptor, if you need it extra, as it can deliver in the terrain, or if you just can't let be. The last can be difficult.


Ranger Raptor is a raw piece of decorative art that can scare the life of most ordinary users of the road.

It may, in a Danish scale can be difficult to see the point of a rugged off-road pickup developed for ørkenrace, but it is in fact its greatest charm. It is exactly so customize too much, that it can get away with it.

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What is a Raptor?

When you are running a Ranger Raptor into a regular part of the town, appears as a large foreign body. Photo: Niels Friis

Enough to share the Raptor middle with Europe's best-selling pickup, namely, the common Ranger, but in the raw Raptor edition is the Ranger anything but ordinary.

Let us elaborate why. Ranger Raptor is built with inspiration from the off-road sport and Baja, where the racecars are built to be able to climb the sand dunes and dirt roads at very high speed.

Why has Ford enhanced Ranger chassis, so it can better cope with the beatings, as it allows to run offroad.

the ground Clearance is increased by 51 mm in comparison to a Ranger XL, while the track width has been increased by 150 mm. The suspension is set up to be able to tackle the demanding terrain at high speed, and therefore, Ford also kicked the FOX shock absorbers on the model, so that it can absorb the many beatings in the higher degree.

Vadedybden is at 85 cm, and tilkørselsvinklen is of 32.5 degrees celsius, while frakørselsvinklen is 24 degrees. Terrændækkene from BF Goodrich is 838 mm in diameter, 285 mm in width and is designed with strong sidewalls.

374.150 kr. excl. vat

421.360 kr. excl. vat

Four-cylinder turbodiesel of 2,0 liters

213 hp

500 Nm Nm

9.3 km/l

281 g/km

a 10-speed automatic transmission

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