Clearly, the Ranger Raptor is one of the most anticipated trucks this year, and after we drove the performance-oriented version of Ford's global pick-up in Australia just a week ago, the potential is there.
Yesterday, however, images surfaced online (from an unknown source) of what could be the first two units of the Ranger Raptor to have arrived in the Philippines. We asked Ford personnel if the shots were indeed legitimate, and there appeared to be no denial.
The images show the Ranger Raptor sitting at a stockyard in port, presumably in Batangas. In the yard we can clearly see there are vehicles from other brands also awaiting inspection or customs clearance. It's the first time we've seen a left-hand drive version of the Ranger Raptor as other previous units we've seen and driven were right-hand drive.
The Raptors in port were both painted blue, and had no extra graphics, apart from the Raptor decals on the rear quarter panel on the bed. The external features are the same as the international versions with the big FORD grille, widened fenders, the robust magnesium side step boards, and more.
One of the images shows the 17-inch wheels, the special all-terrain tires from BFGoodrich, and rear vented disc brakes. You can also get a glimpse of the 2.5-inch diameter off-road racing shock absorbers from Fox Racing.
Whoever took the photos was also able to open the driver side door, showing the interior. You can see the special Raptor steering wheel, the seat (with its power adjustment), as well as the paddle shifters.
The Ranger Raptor is expected to be launched in 2 months in the Philippine market. Prices have not yet been officially released.