This week, the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor was unleashed in Australia where it was developed, and the Aussies all seem to be saying the same thing: hectic off-road, slightly off the line.
The truck is powered by a new 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel designed for about 211 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. All Ranger Raptors are four-wheel drive with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
It is retailing for $ 75,000 Australian, which currently equates to approximately $ 55,500. If you ask yourself, "What the hell – is not there the big Raptor list for $ 50,000?" Yes, it does. The only quick answer I can deliver is that everything in Australia is super expensive. I remember spending eight dollars on a bad beer in a dive bar when I was living Down Under in 201
But seriously, all cars cost a fortune in this country. Interestingly, I've only subsequently noticed these videos seeing the truck getting a manual handbrake in addition to those Fox shocks and armor. What I think is pretty cool.
As far as driving impressions are concerned, Ford seems to have recently staged a launch party for the Ranger Raptor in Australia's Northern Territory, a largely empty streak of outback where off-road vehicles can live their best lives. Reports from Australian news agencies are appearing all over the internet, but my favorite so far is this CarAdvice.com video, hosted by Seth MacFarland-looking Aussie: Paul Maric, Senior Road Tester of this site:
Maric also moderated another video, which is more of a walkaround, if you need a little more Ranger Raptor on your Friday:
If you'd rather read than watch (but you should really watch out, at least this top video, if only for the aerial footage of the Outback), here are some of the better written reviews of the Raptor  Write by Maric on CarAdvice.com.au:
"You'll love how the Ranger Raptor rides on unsealed, wavy and ridged surfaces.This suspension system is not just a fast one Change and change from a normal ranger. The Watt boom works in harmony with the Fox shocks to provide unprecedented performance in this segment. "
" While the interior is nice, it does not really feel like a $ 75,000 car. "
" The biggest negative is the lack of straight-line performance of the 2.0-liter diesel.
Kyle Cassidy on Autocar.co.nz:
"Only how fast one can attack rough roads, the eye opens. »
" It might not be the splash of a V6 Amarok, but it drives better, is more dynamically interesting, and has a true 4×4 with low range setting, including a limited slip differential. It is also better on the road and off-road than HSV SportsCat. "
Andy Enright at WhichCar.com.au:
"The Ford Ranger Raptor offers a whole lot of fun and skills for $ 75K, but makes the most sense if you have the off-road surface on which you unleash it can. The 2.0-liter lump can go down a bit on bitumen, though the fabulous Fox Racing dampers offer the best ride quality regardless of the surface. It's probably more "expert" than his order books suggest, but it's still adorable and engaging. "
Sounds like most people who drive the Ranger Raptor 2019 and write about it online, say the same thing – fun out – road, really expensive, the diesel is still a bit slow.
That sounds exactly like what I thought, after driving the Chevy Colorado ZR2 for the first time, which would be the direct rival of this vehicle.
I think someone needs to throw a V8 into these two trucks.