If there was one pick-up truck the U.S. market wanted to get so bad, it would be the latest-generation Ford Ranger. Originally discontinued back in 2011, the pick-up truck was recently revived for the North American market.
All well and good, but the US market still wants another Ford pick-up, the Ranger Raptor. Sadly, it's not being offered stateside. But it looks the Blue Oval brand found a way to 'unofficially' offer some of the Ranger Raptor's parts for the U.S.
Recently, the company launched three new Ford Performance accessory packages for the U.S.-spec Ranger. Geared towards off-road use, the new packages are aimed for customers that wish to take the road less traveled, as well as deliver more personalization options to Ranger owners. All three packages come with an off-road leveling kit, as well as upgraded wheels and tires.
Those with a keen eye might immediately notice that the 17-inch Dyno Gray alloy wheels offered are the same ones found on the PH-spec Ranger Raptors. Not only that, but the wheels are also wrapped in BF Goodrich KO2 265/70/R17 all-terrain tires, which is similar to the ones offered here. Topping it all off is the special damping system courtesy of Fox which is also standard equipment on the Ranger Raptor sold here.
Aside from the Ranger Raptor-derived upgrades, the off-road packages also come with several unique extras. These include Ford Performance engine calibration which boosts power output to 315 PS and 501 Nm of torque (stock is 270 PS and 420 Nm), off-road foglight kit, tow hooks, stainless steel license plate frame, ARB winch-capable front bumper, performance sport exhaust, 40-inch LED lightbar kit, and Ford Performance graphics for the bed or windshield.
Some might say that since the US-spec Ranger doesn't have a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel under the hood and still uses leaf spring suspension at the rear, it can't officially be called a Ranger Raptor. Aesthetic-wise, it also doesn't have the wide fenders, matching front and rear bumpers, and the signature 'Ford' grille upfront.
Perhaps this is as close as the US market can get to a Ranger Raptor style-wise. We're curious, however, as to how a Ranger Raptor would perform if it had a 2.3-liter EcoBoost under the hood instead of a turbo-diesel engine. We're keeping our fingers crossed Ford can somehow find a way to make that happen.