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I really enjoyed reading this Jalopnik review of a British Ford Ranger Raptor. It's interesting to see what it's like driving it in England, especially with its 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine.

Here's the Link - https://jalopnik.com/the-2019-ford-ranger-raptor-is-a-hilarious-monster-on-t-1836535906

It fares better on wider roads, its presence causes cars you wish to overtake to simply get out of the way lest they think they’re about to be eaten. You don’t get that in a Range Rover. You get called a tosser. Part of this is because Ford’s designers made it look so chuffing angry compared to the fairly unremarkable stock model. Every angle of it wants to devour you.

The big plastic F-O-R-D on the front is brash, its wide arches show that it’ll climb a mountain and punch a goat square in the face just for fun, and its rear is big and boxy with a soft close tailgate that could contain all manner of things capable of squishing any small French hatchback that dares get too close. In a country where small hatchbacks are de rigueur, the Ranger Raptor is a predator. Or even THE Predator. Shoulder gun and heat vision included.

Thing is, it’s not especially quick. So you’ll be eternally grateful for the scared saps who leap out of your way–its takes a while to build up speed in this vehicle. Where the F-150 Raptor gets a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6, the Ranger gets a turbocharged 2.0 four-cylinder diesel.

It produces a “dizzying” 210 BHP and 369 lb-ft of torque. The zero to 62 mph time, according to Ford, is 10.5 seconds, and it’ll crack 106 mph if you have room to hold the tall pedal down long enough. As it weighs a hulking 5,141 pounds, it’s got a lot of weight for a diddy engine to lug around. Though Ford promises it’ll manage 26.4 mpg during mixed driving, which is nice.

On the road it’s pleasant. You sit high, so you can see other people and obstacles. Thanks to its large, slabby sides you can easily place it on the road, and if you do **** up a turn in town mounting the kerb isn’t an issue anyway.

On the highway there’s a bit of wind noise to contend with, but not so much you have to raise your voice to talk to your passengers. Its motor is pretty quiet too, so on a cruise you don’t have to worry about errant drones making your journey a misery. Steering is light, and makes the Raptor easy to place. I’d say it’s a little too light in its standard mode, but for people looking to transport stuff in and around the city giving their arms a break at the wheel will likely be welcome.
Off-road is where it really shines, though. You’re not likely to find anything approaching Baja style conditions in the UK, but you can still have some fun with it. Baja mode sets the Raptor up for some pretty serious abuse, and really sets it alive. It lets the Raptor slip a little more in the dirt, which means you can play with it to your heart’s content. Though on the narrow tracks in the south of the UK the margin for mistakes is... narrow.

Like America’s full-fat F-150 Raptor, there are more off-road modes to use: 2H for rear-wheel drive fun, 4H for four-wheel drive traction and 4L for slower, tougher stuff. In 2H, with the traction control turned off it’ll do a hell of a rolling burnout off-road, and spectacularly big slides. This is a good thing.

Thanks to its tall ride height, you can send it over pretty much anything–tree stumps, ruts, pot holes big enough to sink a small town–and it won’t complain. In fact, the slower you go the worse the ride gets. When you’re giving it stick the Fox Racing shocks do their thing and make the ride almost serene. Well… as serene as you can get ragging it over nasty forest tracks.

Driving it at speed on the road isn’t exactly what I’d call a delight–there’s a bit of lean and you start to feel its weight and size in the bends. You can’t win ’em all.

It’s angry, it’s almost too big for the roads over here, and it’s not that quick. But it will take pretty much anything you’ll likely encounter in the wilds of the UK’s various off road spaces.
 

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It seems like it's more than capable as an off-roader which is great news. But it just doesn't post the big speed and horsepower numbers like the F-150 Raptor. That's fine with me, but I can see people not liking that.
 

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Here's a quick off-road review of the Ranger Raptors thanks to Carfection. It definitely reinforces the idea of it being incredible off-road.

 

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Not selling the Raptor from launch in the U.S. was a big mistake. Without, the Ranger has no edge.
 

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Not selling the Raptor from launch in the U.S. was a big mistake. Without, the Ranger has no edge.
It looks like we can finally get a Ranger Raptor...sort of. PaxPower is offering a Raptor conversion that uses OEM Raptor parts from overseas.

 
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