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Watch a Ford Ranger Raptor go down the production line

Watch a Ford Ranger Raptor go down the production line

The Ranger Raptor is coming soon to Australia, and we’re expecting to be behind the wheel by the time the next issue comes out. In a bid to keep those salacious tongues wagging, Ford has released a video of the Ranger Raptor rolling down the production line.

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It’s an impressive video, showing how much work goes into the ute. You can get a good look at the new suspension components, which is of course all about those Fox Shocks. The upper and lower suspension arms are made from aluminium instead of steel, to reduce the unsprung mass.

The ventilated brakes look big, but CV joints look to be a similar diameter to normal. We are happy to see a fairly high-mounted alternator on the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel, and 285/70R17 BF Goodrich All-Terrain tyres, in a light-truck construction (yay!).

Rather than talk about the engine capacity (or lack thereof), Ford are championing the suspension and rest of the driveline as the big talking points. The wheel track is widened significantly over stock, and the bodywork has also bulged out to suit. Tyres are a good size, which means you can go even bigger without engineering, if you are so inclined. Fox Shocks are helped by disk brakes all-round and a coil-sprung Watt’s Linkage rear end. And to get the most out of the 157kW and 500Nm available, there is a 10-speed gearbox and low-range transfer case.

What do you think? Are you excited by the Ranger Raptor? Or is it a flash in the pan? 

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