This is the Ranger Raptor that Ford won't give us.
Ready to Rock, or RTR as the brand is now known, is the brainchild of professional drifter and Nurburgring destroyer, Vaughn Gittin Jr. We've previously seen them crank out some pretty crazy stuff in the form of the Mustang RTR and F-150 RTR. But in time for the 2019 edition of SEMA in Las Vegas, RTR Vehicles has turned out its latest pair of pickup creations in the form of the 2020 Ford Ranger RTR and Ranger RTR Scrambler - giving us the Ranger Raptor that Ford won't. Fans of the Ranger would have been thrilled when the new Ranger launched for 2019 after an eight-year hiatus, but while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine found under the hood of all Rangers is impressive, the mid-size pickup we really want is the Ranger Raptor, equipped with hardcore Baja-hunting suspension. Unfortunately, we don't have one yet, but Gittin Jr. and the co have the answer.
The third vehicle from RTR and the second pickup offering, the Ranger RTR can be had in any of the three trims offered by Ford for the standard Ranger line-up. RTR then dials up the styling and the performance to new heights. Visually, the Ranger RTR is differentiated by the signature RTR grille and full-LED lighting, as well a flared fenders with functional air vents and the RTR graphics package.
Mechanically, the firm has upgraded the Ranger for better off-road ability, equipping a Fox 2.0 suspension kit crucial to the Raptor ethos and fitting 17-ing RTR Tech 6 off-road wheels with Nitto Ridge Grappler all-terrain tires. It also upgraded the soundtrack with a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust. There's no word as to whether the exhaust frees up any additional horsepower, but the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is already no slouch, with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque making it one of the quickest midsize trucks around.
The interior gets updates, too, with bespoke floor liners and a serialized dash plaque signed by Vaughn Gittin Jr. Buyers also have the option of improving the interior further with a specialized RTR Leather Package, adding a little extra to the standard cost premium of $9,800 over and above the MSRP of the standard Ranger.
But for some, the standard model might not be enough, and to that end, RTR will also be showcasing the Ranger RTR Rambler at SEMA. In Rambler guise, the Ranger RTR gets the full overlanding treatment including a full Ford Performance front winch bumper, snowboard racks, Yakima rooftop tent, built-in refrigerator, and more, turning the Ranger RTR into the ultimate adventure-mobile.