SEE | Along with Ranger Raptor SE, these are the most expensive bakkies in South Africa

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• The Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition is the latest bakkie to be launched in SA.

• Selling for R965 300, the bakkie is one of the most expensive on the market.

• The Volkswagen Amarok V6 Extreme is the most expensive, priced at over R1.0 million.

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Bakkies are very popular in South Africa. So much so that these body types are often among the best-selling vehicles in the country. In addition, several bakkies are built and assembled in the country for both the local and export markets.

The latest bakkie to join the fray is Ford's Ranger Raptor Special Edition. The bakkie is based on the standard Ranger Raptor, but adds several distinguishing cues. As expected, it also carries a price premium - edging it closer to the R1.0 million mark. However, it makes the Ranger Raptor SE one of the more expensive bakkies in the country.

Given the Ranger Raptor SE's R965 300 price tag, we opted to list other bakkies in the local carpool that are priced above R900 000. It narrows the list quite drastically, but puts these bakkies in a class above the rest. Other bakkies that are nudging the R900 000-mark include the Ranger 2.0 Bi-Turbo double cab 4x4 Stormtrak (R846 500), Toyota Land Cruiser 79 4.5D-4D LX V8 double cab (R869 600), and Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 double cab 4x4 Legend RS auto (R882 400).

Toyota Hilux
2021 Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 double cab 4x4 Legend RS auto


Ranger Raptor 2.0 Bi-Turbo double cab 4x4

The 'standard' Raptor is a formidable bakkie. With a starting price of R920 300, the bakkie impressed from the word go when it was launched in South Africa almost three years ago. Standout features include the FOX suspension that was specifically developed for use in the bakkie, along with the raised ground clearance over the standard Ranger and bigger tyres.

And then, of course, the bold looks add to the appeal.

The Raptor is the headlining model in Ford's Ranger line-up and is as impressive as they come. The bakkie is built at Ford's Silverton plant in Pretoria for both the local and export markets. The local Raptor allocation is quite limited every month, but Ford South Africa's Raptor order books look quite healthy.

The Raptor is powered by Ford's 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine that produces 157kW and 500Nm. Power is sent to Ford's 4x4 system via a 10-speed automatic transmission. 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


Volkswagen Amarok

The Volkswagen Amarok has been around for more than a decade, but remains one of the most sought-after bakkies in South Africa. The line-up consists of five models, with the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine powering the first three models. The single-turbo diesel engine has been discontinued. The two other bakkies in the line-up are powered by the Volkswagen Group's 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine. The entire line-up is equipped with VW's 4Motion 4x4 system.

The Amarok V6 Highline (R936 700) and V6 Extreme (R1 011 900) are the two most expensive bakkies in SA, with the latter having surpassed R1.0 million following the latest price increase. The Amarok is sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty. A five-year or 90 000km service plan comes standard, but it can be upgraded to a maintenance plan covering the same period.

The next Amarok will be built alongside the upcoming Ranger at Ford's Silverton plant. Ford and Volkswagen recently signed an agreement where the two bakkies will share parts and an architecture.

Volkswagen Amarok
2021 Volkswagen Amarok
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