Well, I drove it when it was launched in the Northern Cape. And although some asserted at the time it needed more power, I was of the opinion that unless one was going to race with it, it was a pretty awesome adrenaline generator all around.
But these days, technology is driving most developments and the marketing gurus know how to create demand.
The result of all this is a new Ranger Raptor Special Edition!
“Built in limited numbers to ensure exclusivity, the new Ranger Raptor Special Edition enhances the thoroughbred bakkie’s commanding exterior and premium interior with the addition of several functional and styling enhancements – from eye-catching decals and red accents to the fitment of the integrated sports hoop and practical Mountain Top lockable black roller shutter,” said Ford.
“The new Ranger Raptor Special Edition adds even more dramatic style to this trendsetting model which remains unequalled in the popular bakkie segment two and a half years after it was launched in South Africa,” said Doreen Mashinini, the general manager for marketing at Ford South Africa. “The unique exterior enhancements and cabin updates make our off-road performance bakkie even more distinctive and desirable, while the fitment of the roller shutter as standard significantly enhances practicality and security for our customers.”
Red contrast lines to the bonnet, roof, lower body sides, rear wings and tailgate will emphasise the Special Edition’s character.
This Special Edition, says Ford, retains the original Raptor performance chassis, aluminium double wishbones at the front and a multilink rear architecture, including FOX shock absorbers with Position Sensitive Damping features. It will be powered by a 157kW/500Nm 2.0 litre biturbo engine linked to a 10-speed gearbox and yes, of course, its driving modes still offer Baja mode for when the conditions and the itch just gets the better of you.
Pricing is unknown at this time, but I would suggest that you reserve your Raptor Special Edition at your nearest dealer – as in yesterday. There will be no leftovers when the Raptor is released…