Is a genuine performance off-roader a good idea?
Ford has set tongues wagging recently, by releasing official video of the upcoming Ranger Raptor bashing along some Outback roads.
It’s going to be a genuine high-performance ute as well, not just a limited edition sticker pack. There has been plenty of speculation in the media (including ourselves) about what engine the Ranger Raptor is going to use. But still, we aren’t sure 100% what that’s going to be.
From the video and spy pictures floating around, we can give you a few pointers that are all-but confirmed: The Ranger Raptor will have a much wider track, courtesy of what looks like bigger cast aluminium arms and big, flared arches. The all-terrain tyres look taller and wider, and you can also expect some pretty high performance shocks in there as well. Finally, the rear end will use a coil-sprung Watts-Linkage like the Everest.
Now, let’s think about that last point. We already know that the current Everest and Ranger share a front suspension, engine, gearbox and platform. Considering all of the things that will be in common, it’s far from impossible (and even seems probable) that Ford would have something like an Everest Raptor in the works. Ford isn’t able to confirm anything, until it is good and ready.
What do you think?
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