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Ford Performance chief says no ranger-bird of prey for America



It looks like the Ford Ranger Raptor is not a bite for US buyers. Ford Performance Director Hermann Salenbauch has pretty much closed the rumors of the past few months and told journalists today that the company had no plans to bring the hardcore off-roader to the US. We say a lot because while there are currently no plans for a US specification Ranger Raptor, the plans may change.

The words came during a Ford GT event Motor1.com visited, outlined the expanded production schedule for the supercar. The discussion included a larger picture of Ford's performance plans, one with a Raptor around the world. We reached Ford after the event, just to make sure we were clear in the details. A spokesman explained that the Ranger Raptor was spawned to bring Raptor performances to markets where the F-150 does not arrive, which is pretty much everywhere outside of North America. That makes sense to us.

That does not mean we could not see the harder ranger sometime in the future. We know that Ford has some Ranger Raptor test vehicles in the US because we've seen them, and Australian patent applications that were uncovered in August allegedly listed a US patent application for a Ranger Raptor. Yes, there are no plans to bring the truck here. But it seems that the foundations are in place should the course be reversed. Sounds like a smart move to us.

We would also bet a fiver that Ford executives will be watching closely the progress of Chevrolet's new Colorado Bison. A slightly beefed-up version of the Colorado ZR2, with the Chevrolet Raptor-style grille offers a little more ground clearance and much more machismo. If Chevy shows strong sales for the Colorado – and especially if there is a bite in the F-150 Raptor sales – do not be surprised if the hardcore ranger runs to the rescue. [194559003] Source: Ford


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