Ford starts production of high performance Ranger Raptor

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The first Ford Ranger Raptor has rolled off production line in Thailand

For those waiting for the Ranger Raptor, here is an awesome bit of news: Ford has officially started production of the high-performance pick-up at their Thailand plant.

Ford Australia has even released a 90-second clip documenting the build process of the truck from start to finish.

As a refresher, Ranger Raptor is not just a standard Ranger with some bits to dress it up. The Ranger Raptor is powered by Ford's new 2.0-liter biturbo EcoBlue twin-turbo diesel engine. It produces 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque which is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. In comparison, the standard Ranger is powered by either a 3.2-liter straight five or a 2.2 turbo diesel mated to a 6-speed transmission.

Style-wise, the Ranger Raptor takes inspiration from its larger F-150 Raptor sibling which features wider fenders and a taller ride height. It also comes with a new frame-mounted front bumper and a large embossed Ford logo on the grill. Underneath, it sits on 46.6mm Fox Racing dampers and is fitted with 17-inch wheels wrapped in 285/7 BF Goodrich all-terrain tires.

The Ford Ranger Raptor was first revealed in Thailand in March 2018. It is set to go on sale later this year in Thailand and Australia. The Philippines is also slated to get the high-performance Ranger late 2018. Expect deliveries to begin shortly.

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