31 - The new 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor - What have they done??

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Ford Ranger Raptor

This was going to be my new Ute.  The rumours were that it was going to have a new 3.6 litre Petrol engine with a lot more power.  The Ecoboost engine was meant to have 336kW and 690Nm.  The new diesel has 147kW and 470Nm.

We discuss with Robert Pepper, renowned 4WD journalist about -

  • What has Ford done?
  • Why has Ford done it?
  • What is the Raptor all about?
  • Should I by it?

We also look at the shocks, gearbox and the tyres.  At least with BF Goodrich tyres is a serious statement from Ford that the Raptor is meant to go offroad.

When first announced, people were putting deposits down on the Raptor without knowing the price, which is pretty amazing.  How will the reaction be once people know what the specs are going to be.

It will be interesting to see how the Baja mode works, it does sound like it will be a bit of fun to drive offroad, but the other question is where can we take one of these to really give it a good go and drive it to it's full potential.

We also talk about how some of the pressures of modern vehicle design are shaping what is possible for vehicle designers.  The smaller engine is part of a trend.  It is a bit of a surprise that it is a diesel.  We've spoken before about the death of diesel.

The reaction to the engine size has not been great, it will be interesting to see what the final price for the Raptor ends up as.  It will be more expensive than the Wildtrak, but just how much will be interesting to see.

Robert gives an example of how the comparing engine and gearbox pairings and how the performance of the new 10 speed gearbox in the Raptor will be really important to how powerful the Raptor feels.  The bi-turbo will also assist with off the line performance.

What is the future of big engine 4WDs and cars in general?

 

 

 

 

 


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Submitted by mrdenn1s mrdenn1s
Patriot
Thanks @mrdenn1s . The trick is to find an expert in each of the areas. So, who do you think we can interview. Robert Pepper is great at the new vehicles.
I'd happily talk about the search for a 2nd hand 4by
$15k budget...what to buy?
Went through the petrol Patrol v 80 v 105 v Pajero v ute v Jackaroo thing for ages.
Submitted by Patriot Patriot
Thanks @mrdenn1s . The trick is to find an expert in each of the areas. So, who do you think we can interview. Robert Pepper is great at the new vehicles.
Submitted by mrdenn1s mrdenn1s
Best podcast you have produced yet.

What I like about it is the technical breakdown of the car. I'd love to see more episodes reviewing both new and older model 4WD's

One week do a Pajero
Next week a 105 petrol
Next week a Defender 1988 edition etc

We crave this stuff
Submitted by Patriot Patriot
Robert Pepper has a great article on the Ranger Raptor over at Practical Motoring. He asks if the Rapter is the answer to a question that no one ever asked.
I also have concerns about people driving fast on tracks.
Submitted by Swaggie Swaggie
loose cannon
Personally I can't wait to share the outback tracks with cashed up cowboy clowns driving vehicles tuned for high speed off road performance. Nothing I enjoy more than watching some young fella drift his 4wd through a corner, slide it, foot down and power out showering my vehicle with rocks or even possibly smashing into me head on. It's been a while since that happened and am suffering withdrawal symptoms.

Confine these things to closed tracks and you can baja yourself all you want but bring it on to tracks/roads that the general public are driving and people like me will be tempted to hunt you down and change your day.

Hope they have airbags in the back to protect the kiddies but meh, who cares.:rolleyes:

End of rant.:)
This is what I cannot understand. Most 4wdriving is slow going yet there making these vehicles more powerful...

A lot of driving out on the bush tracks is about 10km an hour on average, I understand you may need a short burst of power here and there, unless I'm missing something...

Maybe towing also...

You can only drive 100/110 max to get there and back...
Submitted by Hoyks Hoyks
I do like the idea of a proper sports utility from the factory. I worked in the US for a few months and the security guys had Raptors with the V6. They thought they were OK, but had a tendency to break them driving high speed in the desert.

After listening to Robs podcast last night I tend to agree with him and I can see why Ford went with the smaller motor. The 2L in its happy rev range and a gear box that kept it there would be quite good on a winding road and a light load in the back. My wife got a 1.4L turbo SUV thing and that gets up and boogies, even with 4 on board, so small motors do make power these days.

If you buy the Raptor with the plan of strapping winch/bullbar, side/rear steps, filling the tray and hooking on a camper, then it really isn't staying within the brief the design team were working to.
You are also a bit limited where you can let them stretch their legs as the state forests (in NSW anyway) have stupid speed limits now, so you will have to head well out of town.

I'd like to try one, but I don't think it will be practical for me. Chuck a m3 of firewood on the back and I reckon it would be on the bump stops.
Submitted by loose cannon loose cannon
Personally I can't wait to share the outback tracks with cashed up cowboy clowns driving vehicles tuned for high speed off road performance. Nothing I enjoy more than watching some young fella drift his 4wd through a corner, slide it, foot down and power out showering my vehicle with rocks or even possibly smashing into me head on. It's been a while since that happened and am suffering withdrawal symptoms.

Confine these things to closed tracks and you can baja yourself all you want but bring it on to tracks/roads that the general public are driving and people like me will be tempted to hunt you down and change your day.

Hope they have airbags in the back to protect the kiddies but meh, who cares.:rolleyes:

End of rant.:)
Submitted by Tink Tink
Another good listen.
Tink
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We talk with Robert Pepper about the 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor. The specs on the engine are a lot less than expected. Is this still going to be a contender or will the engine kill off it's popularity?
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