Would You Want a Ford Ranger Raptor?

2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor takes everything we know about full-size trucks and dials it up to 11. The coming 2017 version of the truck might even take it up to 12.

Car and Driver says,

The new F-150 Raptor won’t go on sale until fall 2016, but with a twin-turbo V-6 making more than 500 hp, it should prove worth the wait. A new 10-speed automatic will send power to all four wheels, all the time. Two wheelbase/cab setups will be offered: a 133-in SuperCab and a 145-in four-door SuperCrew. Beefy Fox Racing Shox are onboard while a stout skidplate protects the front. Meaty 35-in tires wrap around 17-in aluminum wheels. This is what Ferrari would build if it built 4×4 pickups.

Considering they’re purpose-built off-roaders, I sure see a lot of Raptors on paved roads. Maybe they’re all headed to the desert or off to find a mud-filled bog to slog through, but I doubt it. I assume the vast majority of Raptors on the road are only used on the road. Granted, they look incredibly intimidating at stoplights and in restaurant parking lots, but I don’t think that’s what the SVT engineers had in mind when they created the truck.

That said, it’s time to start dreaming about what might be coming next: The Ranger Raptor.

Ford has been out of the small truck market in the United States for quite a few years while its competitors have either maintained a presence or re-entered the market. Current plans call for the Ranger mid-size truck to be available in 2018. If that happens, a Ranger Raptor could come at the same time.

Ford’s Performance Communications Manager, Paul Seredynsk, has said that a Ranger Raptor is a “fascinating idea” and could likely fit within the 12 promised Ford performance models that will debut over the next four years.

That’ll only happen if Ford can build a business case for the truck and convince the bean counters that it’ll make money.

While Ford looks at the business case for the Ranger and Raptor, Toyota will continue to refine its Tacoma TRD into a full-fledged performance truck. That could make for one heck of a battle to look forward to in a couple of years.

Even if the trucks are only used to transport families to the local buffet.

Would you like to see a Ford Ranger Raptor?

-tgriffith

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