It's like Tombstone but with cars.
The Ford Ranger is Europe's best-selling truck and the Blue Oval decided to celebrate that. A few days ago, Ford teased its upcoming Ranger Raptor Special Edition in a classic Spaghetti Western meets "Mad Max" style video shot on a movie set in Spain. Today, the truck's reveal has arrived along with the full-length video called "The Good, The Bad, + The Badass." Guess which truck is the badass.
This Ranger Raptor is really nothing more than a styling package with a choice of three exterior paint colors - Performance Blue, Conquer Gray, and Frozen White - and the addition of twin matte black racing stripes with contrast red lines on the hood, roof, lower body, sides, rear wings, and tailgate.
The front tow hooks are now finished in red and the front wheel arches, front and rear bumpers, door handles, and Ford-embossed grille all have a matte black finish instead of the regular grey. Sticking with the double cab body style, the interior has a few styling touches of its own like red stitching on the steering wheel and instrument panel, the latter now in a Raceway Grey shade.
No mechanical changes have been made, so the 2.0-liter EcoBlue biturbo diesel with 269 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission remain untouched. Compared to the regular Ranger, including the one sold in the US, the Ford Performance-developed Ranger Raptor has a 5.9-inch wider track and 2-inch taller ride height.
The terrain management system enables it to tackle nearly any type of off-road condition. Fighting alongside the Ranger Raptor against the bad guys are other Europe-only Ranger variants, the Wolftrak, Stormtrak, and rally-inspired MS-RT. It's obvious the production quality is very high and Ford spent quite a bit of money to make this mini film happen.
Although this current generation hardcore off-roader won't come to the US, we know for a fact the next-gen Ranger Raptor will. The automaker remains tight-lipped regarding details, but a recent report claims it'll come powered by the twin-turbo 3.0-liter capable of 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft. We can't wait.