As if you couldn’t miss it already, Ford is giving its gen-two Ranger Raptor a handful of bright colours, including one exclusive to the flagship ute.
However, if you like 50 shades of grey – or, in this case, three – you’ll still have some options that’ll suit.
The colour palette comprises the following:
- Absolute Black
- Arctic White
- Aluminium Metallic
- Meteor Grey
- Conquer Grey
- Sedona Orange
- Blue Lightning
- Code Orange
The familiar Blue Lightning is roughly the colour of the Ford logo, while the new Sedona Orange – available on every Ranger trim level – is more of a burnt orange or copper.
Code Orange, like the carryover Conquer Grey, is the new hero colour for the Raptor. You’ll also find it inside on the seats, which feature Raptor logos and stitching finished in this colour, as well as on the air vents and steering wheel.
There’s more variety on offer than the outgoing Raptor X, which is offered only in Shadow Black, Conquer Grey, Arctic White and Ford Performance Blue.
There’s more power and technology in the new Raptor, too, which is due in local showrooms later this year.
The headline act is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 shared with the Bronco Raptor, offering nearly twice the power as the outgoing diesel.
Outputs are 292kW of power at 5650rpm and 583Nm at 3500rpm. It’s mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
There’s quite a bit of adjustability with the new Raptor. There are four selectable exhaust modes (Quiet, Normal, Sport, Baja), three damper modes (Normal, Off-Road, Sport), four steering modes (Normal, Comfort, Sport and Off-Road), and seven different drive modes.
The drive modes consist of Normal, Sport, Slippery, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Baja and Rock Crawl.
Drivers can program their preferred drive, steering, damper and exhaust modes to be selectable with one button using the My Mode function.
Putting the power to the ground is a new permanent four-wheel drive system with an electronically-controlled on-demand two-speed transfer case, and both front and rear locking differentials to mitigate wheel spin over rutted ground.
There are tow hooks front and rear if you somehow manage to get stuck.
The Raptor continues to ride on 17-inch alloy wheels in BF Goodrich K02 High Performance All-Terrain tyres, though 17-inch beadlock footwear is available.
The familiar F-O-R-D block letter grille remains, but it’s now flanked by matrix LED headlights.
There’s also new technology inside the cabin, with a 12-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen, up from 8.0 inches, which features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Like the rest of the Ranger range, there’s also a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster. A surround-view camera and wireless charging pad are standard.