Ford officially launches Ranger Raptor Special Edition in SA - here's what you should know


• The Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition has officially been launched in South Africa.

• The bakkie builds on the existing Raptor platform, but adds more exclusivity to the package.

• The Ranger Raptor SE is still powered by Ford's familiar 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine.

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Produced in limited numbers to ensure exclusivity, the Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition is officially launched in South Africa. The bakkie builds on the existing Ranger Raptor platform with no changes to the underpinnings. As the halo bakkie in Ford's portfolio, the Special Edition only adds more exclusivity to a package that's been impressing since its original debut.

The Ranger Raptor features several exterior and interior updates that include eye-catching decals and red accents, the fitment of the integrated sports hoop, and a practical Mountain Top lockable black roller shutter.

Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa, says: "The new Ranger Raptor Special Edition adds even more dramatic style to this trend-setting model, which remains unequalled in the popular bakkie segment two and a half years after it was launched in 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."

Ford Ranger Raptor
2021 Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition

Ranger Raptor SE features

- Twin matte black racing stripes - edged with red contrast lines - to the bonnet, roof, lower body sides, rear wings and tailgate.

- Front tow hooks finished in red.

- Flared wheel arches, bumpers, door handles, and Ford-embossed grille finished in matte black.

- Sports hoop derived from the Ranger Wildtrak.

- Lockable Mountain Top black roller shutter.

- Red stitching for the steering wheel, seats, and door cards replaces the blue stitching used on the normal Ranger Raptor.

- Special Edition-only Raceway Grey instrument panel.

- Sports seats trimmed in Techincal Suede.

Ford Ranger Raptor
2021 Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition

The underpinnings

The Ranger Raptor Special Edition continues with the same technical prowess of the model it is based on. As such, it boasts a 283mm ground clearance, 150mm wider front and rear track, 850mm wading depth, and it's 51mm taller than the standard Ranger. Approach and departure angles are 32.5- and 24-degrees, respectively.

The flared fenders are designed to accommodate the long-travel suspension and beefy LT 285/70 R17 General Grabber AT3 tyres mounted on 17-inch alloy rims.

The Ranger Raptor's reinforced chassis frame consists of various grades of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel, and it has been specially designed to support the bakkie's increased track and wheel travel. The Raptor has a rated towing capacity of 2 500kg.

The Ranger Raptor SE continues to ride on the FOX suspension specifically developed for use in the Raptor.

Ford's 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine powers the Ranger Raptor Special Edition, with power sent to the road via the automaker's 10-speed automatic gearbox. Unique to the Ranger Raptor are steering wheel-mounted magnesium paddle shifters.

The Ranger Raptor Special Edition is priced at R965 300, while the standard Raptor Ranger is R920 300. All Ford Rangers come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year or unlimited distance roadside assistance, and five-year or unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year or 90 000km service plan is included.

Ford Ranger Raptor
2021 Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition
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