We recently reported that a special variant of the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor will be arriving in the Philippines sometime this July. What pushed Ford to bring in the special and Europe-only exclusive variant is the success of the Ranger Raptor in the Philippine market. In fact, the Philippines is the leading contributor in total Ranger Raptor sales across ASEAN markets over the past years. But what exactly made the Ranger Raptor so successful and appealing in our local market?
A lot of people may think that the raptorized Ranger is just a souped-up version of the Ford Ranger, but it’s not. It is a different truck although it does share the same name and design as the Ford Ranger. The Raptor is much bigger, more powerful, and has a better towing capacity. Not to mention a lot more expensive. Ford doesn’t slap a Raptor badge on a Ranger – there’s a lot more changes under the hood than what meets the eye. This means the Ford Ranger Raptor is not something to be messed with.
Looking at it even from afar, the Raptor is unmistakable due to its size. There’s one word that comes to my mind every time I see this thing: off-road. It’s because the Ranger Raptor is a legit off-road machine. It is evident in the 283mm ground clearance, colossal tires, front skid plate, and rear diffuser. The truck is ready to tackle rough terrain any time of the day. It also has HID headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and LED fog lights to complement the rugged design.
The interior is where it almost becomes identical with the Ford Ranger. They both share the same ambiance. Although there’s nothing wrong with that as it is still nice and cozy despite being a pickup truck. You can also tell that the materials—leather and plastic—are high-quality. The steering wheel is large and round and comes marked with a red stripe at the top center. What’s amazing is that the Raptor has a lot to offer in terms of convenient features despite being clearly made for off-road use. It has power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, parking sensors, keyless entry, push-start ignition, and the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. The tailgate is also power-assisted to make the rear bed easier to access.
The Raptor has a 2.0-liter Biturbo diesel engine that is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine pushes out 210 hp and 500 Nm torque to all four wheels and can be configured with the Terrain Management System (TSM). The TSM has 6 different modes: normal, sport, grass/gravel, mud/sand, rock, and Baja. Moreover, the truck is equipped with FOX long-travel racing shock absorbers with a “Watt’s link setup” in the rear. The brakes are large ventilated discs both front and back.
In general, the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor is a mean machine. It’s a high-performance pickup truck worthy of the Raptor badge. It will save you a lot of time and money if you’re looking for an off-road rig since this truck is built off-road-ready. Ford Performance has gone to remarkable lengths to re-engineer the Ranger’s chassis and suspension. They are undeniably the experts when it comes to this. There’s also no way you can make a regular Ranger stand and perform like the Raptor even with extensive customization. This is because the Raptor is just a different truck.
The Ford Ranger Raptor has a price tag of Php 1,998,000. Available colors are Lightning Blue, Shadow Black, Race Red, Frozen White, and Conquer Gray.