How do you make Ford's Raptor bakkie even tougher? Have it armoured, of course

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• SVI Engineering is renowned for fitting vehicles with world-class armoured protection.

• In a first for the company, they fitted a Ford Ranger Raptor with its B4 Armoured Protection kit.

• On the Ranger Raptor, the B4 kit costs R454 271, excluding VAT.

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SVI Engineering, a specialist manufacturer of armoured products, added another feather to its cap when it delivered an armoured Ford Ranger Raptor. SVI Engineering is no stranger to fitting Ranger bakkies with its armoured kits, but this is the first Ford-approved Raptor to have gone through the process.

According to SVI Engineering, the Ranger Raptor is fitted with its B4 Armoured specification kit that offers bullet-resistant protection against handguns up to a .44 Magnum. This anti-hijack solution offers further protection against brick-throwing and other hand-held projectiles.

SVI Engineering says: "The protection consists of 18-21mm armoured glass combined with Kevlar sheets for the body. It is discreet and, at only 280kg on the Ranger double cab, also lightweight with minimal impact on vehicle acceleration, fuel consumption, and dynamic performance."

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B4 and not B6

Those familiar with SVI Engineering will immediately note that the armoured protection company also has the more revered B6 kit in its arsenal. However, given the Ranger Raptor's unique Fox suspension setup and lower payload than other Ranger double cab models, Ford South Africa opted only to approve the B4 specification as it has the least influence on the bakkie's ride quality and suspension setup.

The higher B6 specification offers protection against assault rifles and is available on the rest of the Ranger line-up. SVI Engineering says that the build time of a B4 armoured Ranger Raptor is around ten weeks, with the basic B4 armouring package costing R454 271, excluding VAT. A new Ford Ranger Raptor will set you back R920 300.

Owners can request the armoured protection from any Ford dealer in South Africa without affecting the Ranger's factory warranties. Every Ford Ranger, including the Raptor, comes standard with a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year or unlimited distance roadside assistance, and a five-year or unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year or 90 000km service plan is also included.

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