Ford Ranger Raptor review (2020)

13 Aug 2021, 13:26  •  Review  •  Door koen

Ken je die mop van de Ford Ranger Raptor die niet naar Nederland kwam? Juist…die kwam toch! En wij mochten een week met het eerste exemplaar in ons land rijden. Het ging er wild aan toe!

Ford Ranger pick-up

The self-employed and entrepreneurs of the Netherlands have discovered the pick-up. In our country it sometimes seems as if you are driving through the southern states of America, you come across pick-ups more and more. And rightly so, because Americans love these workhorses for a reason. They are practical, have a lot of pulling power and let’s face it, they look cool.

Ford performance

Ford is the king of pickups in America. They sell 100 F-150s every hour of the day, seven days a week. The gigantic F-150 hardly fits on our European roads, but fortunately Ford has another ‘small’ pick-up: the Ranger. And it is now coming to the Netherlands. And not just any Ranger, but the most brutal version there is: the Ranger Raptor.

Ford Performance – Ford’s high-performance division – is responsible for the development of the Ranger Raptor. You immediately recognize the Raptor by its aggressive appearance. The Ford brand name has been incorporated in the grille in capital letters and the wheel arches are extra wide thanks to composite panels. If you see the Raptor coming in your rearview mirror, you’ll probably quickly shift into a lane.

Ford Ranger

The Ranger is the little brother of the F-150, but there’s really nothing small about this pickup. Maybe the valve caps, but even those seem big. The pick-up is 5.37 meters long, 2.02 meters wide and 1.87 meters high. It is also by no means lightweight, it weighs 2,510 kilograms.

The chassis makes the Raptor version really unique. The Raptor features Fox Racing Shox dampers and giant BF Goodrich all-terrain tires. These dampers can handle the most difficult terrain at high speeds. If you put the pickup in Baja mode, you don’t have to brake at a speed bump and you almost feel the need to accelerate.

Diesel Ford Ranger Raptor

Under the hood is a 2.0 liter EcoBlue BiTurbo diesel engine. The four-cylinder engine is good for 213 hp and 500 Nm. Thanks to the large amount of torque and a ten-speed automatic transmission – which comes from the F-150 – you can pull everything you hang behind it through the mud up a mountain with the Raptor.

The Raptor has a towing capacity of 2,500 kilograms and a payload of 620 kilograms. The towing capacity is 1,000 kilograms lower compared to the traditional Ranger, because the leaf springs have been exchanged for a sporty suspension.

Ford four-cylinder

No fat V6 or V8 under the hood, but the four-cylinder diesel engine gets all the weight in motion pretty fast. The five-metre-long pick-up can reach 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds. So you won’t get any trouble with your neck, but it’s quite impressive for its size.

Moreover, it doesn’t take much longer if this sprint takes place on a dirt road with potholes, stones and bumps. In addition, the sound of the EcoBlue BiTubro engine is not bad at all. If we didn’t know better, we would have guessed that there would be a much bigger block under the hood.

Ford Ranger interior

Once in the Raptor, we look out on a beautifully finished dashboard, with hard and soft materials. The hard plastics are not a cost saving. A pick-up is used intensively and usually gets dirty not only on the outside, but also on the inside. The different plastic panels are easy to clean and scratch-resistant. The magnesium paddle shifters, blue stitching and a steering wheel with red 12-hour markings indicate once again that this is not a normal Ranger.

Ford Ranger Raptor cost

Despite its size, you can drive away with the Raptor in no time. The diesel engine and automatic transmission are well matched, and thanks to a series of sensors and a reversing camera, parking is no problem even in the heart of Amsterdam. If there is a space of more than five meters free, of course.

On the highway you can gaze over everything and occasionally wave to the truck driver next to you. Despite the gigantic BF Goodrich tires you have little trouble with rolling noise. Whether that is due to the good insulation around the cabin and wheel arches or because the wheels are so far away from you, we dare not say, we stick to both.

There is of course another reason why self-employed people and entrepreneurs – such as plumbers and painters – choose a pick-up. They can purchase this large pick-up with a gray license plate. As a business driver, you do not have to pay BPM for a car with a gray registration number. Without this arrangement, the Ranger Raptor would quickly become unaffordable. The starting price for the Ranger Raptor on gray license plate is € 49,075.

This price includes conversion. Ford has adapted the car itself so that it meets the requirements for a gray license plate. The Raptor is therefore equipped with a partition with a closed grid, tinted windows and the rear seat has been removed. Because this conversion was done by Ford itself, the quality of the conversion is of very high quality. On the partition wall is even the Raptor logo, as if it came straight from the factory.

If you want to know exactly how it works with a gray license plate, read more here.

Ford Ranger off-road

You really shouldn’t be in the Netherlands for the better off-road work. We therefore test the pick-up for this article as it will mainly be used in our country: on the asphalt. Fortunately, we also got to discover the off-road capabilities of the new Raptor on unpaved ground, an experience we won’t soon forget. Want to know how well the Raptor can fly? Then quickly watch the video:

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