Ford Ranger Raptor review – Ford’s Baja-bashing pickup finally comes to Blighty - Interior and tech

A testament to Ford’s engineering excellence, even if it’s not quite in context for the UK

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  • Unbeatable over rough terrain, feels indestructible, not your usual SUV
  • Engine is lacking, expensive

Design

We’ve been talking Fox dampers, bespoke wishbones, 33-inch off-road tyres and sand dune-bashing Baja driver modes, but it’s likely the Raptor’s design is what will draw in most clientele.

Like the chassis development, the Ranger’s design was penned in Ford’s Australian studios, where designers were given the task of not only redesigning the front and rear fascias, but also bespoke wings front and rear to cover the new axles, as well as additional styling elements such as the ‘Sports Wing’ on the rear tray and new headlights.

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As a result, the Raptor looks tough, and not in that slightly underwhelming fashion you’ll see on a hyped-up dealer-built special, but with serious substance underneath the skin. If only it had the powertrain to live up to its image.

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