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    M-Sport Builds A Mini-Raptor For Europe

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      Europe gets something like a Raptor.. At least in looks.


    Many of us are excited that Ford is finally bringing the Ranger to the U.S. towards the end of the decade. But the long wait for it is driving a number of folks crazy. Well, we're probably not going to help with this as the folks at M-Sport (who heads up Ford's World Rally Championship team) have introduced a special edition of the Ranger that can be described as a Raptor mini.

     

    This is the M-Sport Ranger and it looks quite mean. It begins with a Ranger 4x4 double cab that gets a new grill with integrated lights, 18-inch wheels fitted with off-road tires, and certain body parts getting a matte black finish. Underneath is a Pedders suspension sport pack that improves the ride and a new sports exhaust. The interior features custom leather upholstery and a sports steering wheel.

     

    Optional is an off-road kit that includes a lift kit for the suspension that raises the truck by 1.75 inches and additional lighting.

     

    One item that is unknown is if the M-Sport Ranger gets more power. Power is from a 3.2-liter TDCi five-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque.

     

    M-Sport says the Ranger will go into production this September and be sold at select Ford dealers around Europe.

     

    Source: M-Sport

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    Introducing the M-Sport Ranger

     

    M-Sport’s bespoke range of road-going vehicles has gained recognition and popularity around the world, and last week saw Van Sport launch the latest edition – the M-Sport Ranger.

     

    Following the highly acclaimed M-Sport Transit and M-Sport Transit Connect, Van Sport – in collaboration with M-Sport and Carlex Design – launched the Ranger at the Abenteuer and Allrad off-road trade fair in Germany.

     

    Based on the Ranger 3.2 tdci 4x4 double cab pickup, the vehicle includes a range of enhancements including a front bumper conversion, and extensions to the bonnet lip and side arches. A sports exhaust system and Pedders suspension sport pack add to the ride while Lazer lights to the front grill assist main beam for optimum performance. Matte black wing mirrors, door handles, window strips, side steps and tailgate add to the look whilst 18” matte graphite wheels complete this bespoke off-road experience.

     

    The interior enhancements are in keeping with the high quality of all products in the M-Sport range. A full leather interior is complimented by a leather centre armrest and door trims. A sports steering wheel provides further exclusivity whilst privacy glass to the rear windows gives the Ranger a unique finishing touch.

     

    An additional off-road option pack is also available which adds Lazer lights to the roof cover for further visibility and a full Pedders suspension lift kit which raises the vehicle an additional 1.75 inches.

     

    A full under tray body protection kit is also available as well as a limited edition hard-top, lift-up back which provides a sporty and convenient addition.

     

    The M-Sport Ranger will be in full production for September 2016 and available in supporting Ford dealerships throughout both the UK and Europe.

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    Zombie Apocalypse ride I see! :metal:

     

    Chevy's baby Duramax is 2.8L 181hp/369lbs of torque. Be interesting to compare the HP/Torque charts to see which one is more efficient and where everything comes on at. Wonder if Fords 3.2L diesel is better or not than the chevy and what the mpg is in comparison.

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    I'd like to see Chevy do something similar with the Colorado.  The frame is clearly strong enough if it can tow up to 7,700lbs. 

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    Yeah the Trail Boss is just another Chevy sticker package basically... sigh... It looks good and all but it's extremely disappointing knowing they want no part in making it more off-road capable as the looks suggest. 

     

    Chevy is all over the variants in their cars but trucks.. trucks get the autozone specials in comparison. 

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    Yeah, but the Trail Boss doesn't really have any additional off-road capabilities over a non-Trail Boss Colorado.  It's got a transfer case skid plate... that's about it. 

     

    You can read information about the Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Edition here

     

    This is totally disapointingly sad! I might as well just save the 8K in cost for this package and get my crewcab with diesel and take it to 4 Wheel Parts!

     

    :nono:

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    Yeah, but the Trail Boss doesn't really have any additional off-road capabilities over a non-Trail Boss Colorado.  It's got a transfer case skid plate... that's about it. 

     

    You can read information about the Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Edition here

     

    This is totally disapointingly sad! I might as well just save the 8K in cost for this package and get my crewcab with diesel and take it to 4 Wheel Parts!

     

    :nono:

     

    In all seriousness... you could do way more taking it to a shop and handing them 8k to do whatever they want to make it off-road worthy than handing it to GM for black wheels, the bed thingy, lights on said bed thingy, and a black bow tie.

     

    Heck, for a couple grand you could just give it a mild lift with some aggressive tires and it would at least add some ground clearance and make it slightly more off-road worthy. 

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    Uh... GM already has compact pickups in NA with a ZR2 package in the works. It's Ford who needs to get with the program.

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    "in the works" ..We'll believe it when we see it.. 

     

    Everything I just looked up never confirmed anything and it is still just a "concept". 

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    Uh... GM already has compact pickups in NA with a ZR2 package in the works. It's Ford who needs to get with the program.

    Good grief Bong. It wasn't meant that way and you know it. We will see if the ZR2 delivers on the off road front. The Colorado is a sharp damn truck and it deserves a true off road package.

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    Those tubular running boards and the front clip I have read and SEEN how those things infuriate anyone taking the vehicle off-road. They need to be removed because they actually hinder off-road capability

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    You see that?!!! No stupid running boards and no aero-enhancing front clip and standard double cab only so it's a tidy package. Now the ranger thingamajigger is a crewcab, but still.

     

    And the $7000 dollar Trail Boss package that combines Z71 and a transfer case, plus some decals here and there. It's a printing machine for money, but who is stupid enough to go that route?

     

    BTW is GMC supposed to be getting some off-roader? A lot like the Wrangler. Or is that also a hoax? A mythical legend....

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    There've been many spy photos of the actual ZR2 posted to the web.  It looks hot, but will undoubtedly be FAR out of my price range.  And to think I was easily able to afford a brand new '98 ZR2...  :/

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    Thanks for the info in the ZR2, and the underlying reason it hasn't come to light yet: the regular models are selling as fast as they can make them (while farming out commercial vans to Navistar).

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