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Ford Ranger Raptor Is Ready For Serious Off-Road Punishment

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America should be jealous.

Ford has officially begun sales of its Ranger Raptor for the European market. Under the hood of this first-ever Ranger Raptor is a twin-turbo 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine with 210 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. If, and this is still not yet confirmed, America ever gets the Ranger Raptor, it won't have this powertrain.

A more likely scenario is an upgraded version of the regular Raptor's 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four, currently rated at 270 hp and 310 lb-ft. Europe's Raptor was developed by Ford Performance and comes equipped with a reinforced chassis frame made of high-strength, low-alloy steels for serious off-road punishment. Combined with a racing-inspired suspension with wider tracks and a greater ride height compared to the Ranger XLT, Fox shock absorbers, and high-performance diameter dampers, owners will have no problems conquering nearly any scenario.

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Ford even got BF Goodrich to specially develop a set of 33-inch off-road tires. Drivers will be able to select from six driving modes in the Terrain Management System, including Normal, Sport, Grass, Mud, Rock, and Baja. We're especially intrigued to try the latter.

"The standout experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road and still ride like a millionaire on-road," said Damien Ross, chief program engineer of the Ranger Raptor. "Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further. From a driving dynamic fun standpoint, it is really an exceptionally special vehicle."

The badass truck's exterior can be ordered in Ford Performance Blue, Colorado Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White, and Conquer Grey with contrasting Dyno Grey accents. A few other exterior features include a new F-150 Raptor-inspired grille, LED fog lamps integrated into a new front bumper, and specifically designed side step boards. This all sounds wonderful and it's a shame American can't enjoy it, at least not yet. We remain hopeful.