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2019 Ford Ranger Raptor: beneath the skin

By 4X4 Australia staff, 09 Feb 2018 News

Video: Unmasking the all-new Ranger Raptor

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor side

BEHIND that bold front end and under the bulging rear quarter panels, Ford has seriously beefed up the chassis and suspension of its T6-based Ranger Raptor.

From the reinforced chassis rails to the bespoke Fox Racing shock absorbers and coil-over suspended multi-link rear end, this beast is made to take on the toughest tracks at speed.

We take a look under the metal and composite body work for a closer look and speak to Jamal Hameedi, Global Performance Vehicle Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Company, about what makes it so special.

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If you’re ever stuck in a pub or campfire argument with your local ‘expert’ who reckons “The Raptor is just a lifted Ranger”, here are 10 key differences between this desert monster and the stock Ranger.

1. 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine – unique to Raptor (at time of writing)

2. 10-speed auto.

3. It’s loaded with the latest version of Ford’s Terrain Management System and now has ‘Baja’ mode – the perfect excuse to indulge your inner desert racer persona.

4. Fox internal bypass shocks – designed and developed specifically for Raptor.

5. 50mm increase in ride height from standard.

6. Significantly stronger frame/chassis.

7. Wider track.

8. Disc brakes front and rear.

9. Raptor-only version of Watts link rear suspension setup.

10. It’s called Raptor. ’Nuff said…

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor  rear

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