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Ford News: Ranger Raptor To Debut in February

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Ford has announced that it will be revealing the new Ranger Raptor on February 7th in Thailand. Details about the model are very thin, but Australian outlet Motoring reports that it debuts a new 2.0L turbodiesel four-cylinder. No power figures were given, but Motoring says it should produce more power than the current top-dog in the Ranger's powertrain lineup - a 3.2L turbodiesel four-cylinder with 197 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic is said to be in the cards as well.

We're taking the information about the engine with a fair amount of salt. We do expect Ford to be making a number of changes to the Ranger Raptor's suspension to make it fiend in the desert.

Source: Motoring


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This is very interesting. Ford really is going all-in on their truck/suv lineup. Let most of their cars rot, deservingly so considering market trends, but keep their trucks and SUVs constantly updating and upgrading. 

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Very Cool, I still wish, hope that GM will do the same with their mid size and full size trucks by offering a higher off road version than the Z71 wanna be truck.

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It has some suspension changes too.  I know this because you can't get Z71 and the heavy duty towing package in the same truck because the suspension packages conflict. 

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17 hours ago, dfelt said:

Very Cool, I still wish, hope that GM will do the same with their mid size and full size trucks by offering a higher off road version than the Z71 wanna be truck.


Uhm, they already do  on the Colorado. They have the Z82.

 

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Should be cool....wonder if it will be just as much as the other raptor though..

I was hearing a while back that pricing was going to be better than the colorado-but now it sounds like it will be priced just like the f-150.....

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13 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:


Uhm, they already do  on the Colorado. They have the Z82.

 

How do you find that? I'm on their website building a Z71 and I don't see a Z82 package.. 

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10 hours ago, Frisky Dingo said:


Uhm, they already do  on the Colorado. They have the Z82.

 

Yet the ZR2 still could not compete with the Raptor or at least based on comparison, they still seem to be more of a package for marketing than an actual Baja race truck. Yes the ZR2 has a few things more than the Z71 unit, but it still is lacking what Ford did with the Raptor.

Be interesting to see what they could do above the ZR2 for a true Raptor competitor.

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15 hours ago, dfelt said:

Yet the ZR2 still could not compete with the Raptor or at least based on comparison, they still seem to be more of a package for marketing than an actual Baja race truck. Yes the ZR2 has a few things more than the Z71 unit, but it still is lacking what Ford did with the Raptor.

Be interesting to see what they could do above the ZR2 for a true Raptor competitor.

 

How do you know it's lacking compared to a vehicle that isn't even out yet?

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4 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

 

How do you know it's lacking compared to a vehicle that isn't even out yet?

And considering this Ranger Raptor is for Australia...not even a US market vehicle.  So it's pointless to compare them until there is something like that here. 

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4 hours ago, Frisky Dingo said:

 

How do you know it's lacking compared to a vehicle that isn't even out yet?

@ccap41 @Cubical-aka-Moltar

Holiday weekend boys, so mistyping accepted when CCAP meant ZR2, not 1 and your right it should have had a noticeable bump in performance.

Yes the Ranger Raptor is not out yet, but we have the regular F150 Raptor as a measuring stick of what they need to do to a Ranger Raptor and how that might stack up against the ZR2.

As I stated, using those and making assumptions, if they do the Ranger Raptor right, it should exceed what the ZR2 is capable of the way the F150 Raptor blows the Z71 out.

All I am saying is GM needs to compete and not just equal or make a modest attempt at equalling the competition. 

Show your balls, step up and be the man or woman and make a superior off road Pickup Truck that beats everyone else.

GM you did it when you brought out the 2nd Generation Canyon/Colorado showing a clear leadership in the mid size market, You did it again with showing and bringing out the BOLT, now continue to step up and show leadership with superior other products.

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12 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

The ZR2 is a different type of truck though. It's more rock crawler than deserts racer.

I understand that point, but marketing by Ford shows the Raptor as the ultimate off road truck and that seems to stick in the minds of people. The ZR2, I have never seen referred to as a Rock Crawler let alone a badass off road truck.

I believe this comes down to the Marketing message and clear statements of what the truck can and cannot do. GM just seems to fail in that regards of proper marketing of their Z71 & ZR2 off road products IMHO.

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The ZR2 seems similar conceptually to Jeep's Trailhawk packages... I thought ZR2 sounded familiar--there was an S10 ZR2 and an S10 Blazer ZR2 over 20 years ago, vaguely remembered those.

 Kind of odd Chevy used a TLA for their trucks that is so close to the top Corvette model.   I guess 'ZR' designated top performance model (whether on-road or off-road). 

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