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2021 Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition - Is It Really That Bad Ass?

The Ranger Raptor Special Edition will be built in limited numbers and will come with aesthetic upgrades, bigger tires, wider track, and a taller ride height

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Riding high on the success of the Ranger in Europe, Ford launched a special edition of the truck based on the Ranger Raptor. Called the Ranger Raptor Special Edition (no marks for creativity there), the truck comes with aesthetic upgrades and wide tracks. It rides on the same drivetrain without any power bumps. The automaker is pushing it as a ‘badass’ edition of the truck. But, what’s so badass about it?

The Ranger Raptor Special Edition Is Different On The Inside And Outside

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When compared to the Ranger XLT, it has a 5.9-inch wider track and rides two inches higher

The Ranger Raptor Special Edition will be offered in three different shades - Performance Blue, Conquer Grey, and Frozen White. Irrespective of which one you choose, the truck will come with twin matte black racing stripes with red contrast lines. The stripes will run on the bonnet, roof, lower body sides, rear wings, and the tailgate.

Furthermore, the front tow hooks will be finished in red. The flared wheel arches, front and rear bumpers, door handles, and the grille up front will have a matte black finish to them. There are no chrome elements anywhere on the body. If not for the big tires, it would look like a base trim Ranger with some sticker job. Speaking of the tires, the wheels are shod in General Grabber AT3 All-Terrain rubber.

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Leather seats, ‘Raceway Grey’ instrument cluster, and red contrast stitching on various surfaces make up the interior

On the inside, there are red touches to add to the sporty vibes. Ford has upholstered the seats in high-grain leather. The steering wheel, instrument cluster, and door panels feature red stitching. Apart from this, the standard instrument cluster has been swapped in favor of a ‘Special Edition-only Raceway Grey’ cluster.

The Ranger Raptor Special Edition Features A Wider Track

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The Ranger Raptor Special Edition is underpinned by the Ford Performance chassis. When compared to the Ranger XLT, it has a 5.9-inch wider track and rides two inches higher. The suspension setup comprises of aluminum double wishbones at the front and a multi-link system at the rear. It also features FOX shock absorbers with Position Sensitive Damping.

There Are No Changes Under The Ranger Raptor Special Edition’s Hood

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It powered by the same 2.0-liter, EcoBlue Bi-turbo diesel engine that makes 210 horses and 369 pound-feet of twist

The truck is powered by the same 2.0-liter, EcoBlue Bi-turbo diesel engine that’s seen on the standard model, too. It churns out 210 horses and 369 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic gearbox. It’s the same transmission that’s present in the Mustang as well. The Ranger Raptor Special Edition also features a Terrain Management System to make life better off the roads.

Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition specifications
Engine 2.0-liter, EcoBlue Bi-turbo diesel
Power 210 HP
Torque 369 LB-FT
Transmission 10-speed automatic

Will The Ranger Raptor Come Stateside?

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The Ranger Raptor has been a forbidden fruit Stateside for years now, but it looks like we might get it after all. The Raptor version of the mid-size truck is expected to arrive as a 2022 model with a V-6 engine under the hood that makes around 300 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. While not much else is known, you can expect it to share similarities with the Bronco.

Final Thoughts

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The Ranger Raptor Special Edition will arrive at the dealerships from October 2021. Ford has said that it will be built in limited numbers, but there’s no word on how many will be produced. This isn’t the only special edition that Ford has launched. It will arrive along with the Ranger Stormtrak, the Ranger Wolftrak, and the rally-inspired Ranger MS-RT.

We don’t see what’s so special that Ford had to make it a limited-production model. Perhaps, just to create the hype. The truck is also seen in the new “The Good, The Bad and the Bad-RSE” film, so it’s probably the company’s way to milk some money from the model that has starred in the movie. But, that aside, it will at least keep the model fresh for a while and probably fend off some competition from the recently-unveiled Toyota Hilux AT35.

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New Ranger Raptor Special Edition version of Ford’s highest-performing, toughest pick-up features unique racing stripe decals, matte black trim and red interior highlights
Exclusive, limited-run pick-up stars in new “The Good, The Bad and the Bad-RSE” film, demonstrating its “bad-ass” character and off-road prowess on a Spaghetti Western film set
Ranger Raptor Special Edition arrives at European Ford dealers from October 2021; follows the MS-RT, Stormtrak and Wolftrak series to further expand the top-selling Ranger line-up
DUNTON, UK, May 25, 2021 – The Ranger Raptor – the toughest, highest-performing variant of Europe’s best-selling pick-up – just got even more desirable as Ford today revealed the new Ranger Raptor Special Edition model.

Built in limited numbers to ensure exclusivity, the new Ranger Raptor Special Edition enhances the thoroughbred pick-up’s commanding exterior and premium interior with additional styling accents including bold racing stripes and distinctive red detailing.

The limited-edition model is among the heroes of “The Good, the Bad and the Bad-RSE” – a new Spaghetti Western movie genre-inspired action film released today by Ford. The film showcases Ranger Raptor Special Edition’s newly-enhanced style and high-speed capability in appropriate off-road scenarios alongside further distinctive Ranger models including the new Wolftrak and Stormtrak variants, and the rally-inspired Ranger MS-RT.

Developed by Ford Performance as the ultimate Ranger model, the Ranger Raptor features an ultra-strong chassis, bespoke suspension and tyres, and a high-performance EcoBlue diesel powertrain to support the thrill-seeking outdoor lifestyles of true off-road enthusiasts.

“The new Ranger Raptor Special Edition adds even more dramatic style to our ‘bad-ass’ truck, with unique exterior touches and cabin enhancements that make our off-road performance pick-up even more distinctive and desirable,” said Stefan Muenzinger, manager, Ford Performance, Ford of Europe. “Starring in its own Spaghetti Western movie is the perfect way to demonstrate Ranger Raptor Special Edition’s style and off-road capability.”

Ranger Raptor Special Edition will reach Ford dealerships in Europe from October this year.

Head-turning road presence

Featuring a choice of bold Performance Blue, Conquer Grey and Frozen White paint finishes, the new Ranger Raptor Special Edition adds twin matte black racing stripes – edged with red contrast lines – to the bonnet, roof, lower body sides, rear wings and tailgate to further emphasise the pick-up’s high-performance character.

Complementing the distinctive racing stripes, front tow hooks are finished in red while the flared wheel arches, front and rear bumpers, door handles and signature Ford-embossed grille feature a matte black finish to create an even more imposing appearance than the standard Raptor’s grey exterior details.

Inside the Ranger Raptor Special Edition’s double cab interior, an even sportier, bespoke feel is delivered with red stitching for the steering wheel, instrument panel and door cards. Standard high-grain leather seats are designed to be comfortable and supportive whether tackling rough terrain or smooth highway, and a Special Edition-only Raceway Grey instrument panel adds further exclusivity.

The Special Edition model retains Ranger Raptor’s unique Ford Performance chassis. Optimised for high-speed off-road driving where regulations and conditions allow, Ranger Raptor features a 150 mm wider track and 51 mm taller ride height than Ranger XLT for greater off-road capability.

The bespoke suspension uses aluminium double wishbones at the front and a multi-link rear architecture, including FOX shock absorbers with Position Sensitive Damping that moderates damping forces in response to changing driving scenarios. General Grabber AT3 all-terrain tyres offer maximum grip on loose surfaces.

Ranger Raptor Special Edition is powered by Ford’s 213 PS 2.0‑litre EcoBlue Bi-turbo diesel engine developing 500 Nm of torque, 1 driving a responsive 10-speed automatic gearbox shared with the Ford Mustang sports car. Ranger Raptor’s unique Terrain Management System enables drivers to tackle a wide range of terrain and driving scenarios, including Baja Mode – named after the famous Baja 1000 desert rally – for optimum off-road performance. 2

In Ford’s new “The Good, the Bad and the Bad-RSE” film, 3 the Ranger Raptor Special Edition evades hostile bandits in a Wild West-style town aided by fellow Ranger models. Featuring multiple references to iconic Western movies, the film was shot on a genuine Spaghetti Western movie set in Spain, and follows the jumps and power-slides of Ranger Raptor’s original launch video, which has since been watched more than five million times. 3

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