Unleash the Raptor, please Ford
Ford’s global strategy has seen it add an American-looking face to the new Transit, and while the shock-and-awe tactics of the Blue Oval might not have gone down too well with die-hard Transit fans on this side of The Pond, we think adding some US muscle to the new Ranger would be a most welcome change.
This is the new Ford F-150 Raptor, a no-nonsense off-roader with sensational rugged looks and enough muscle to embarrass Messrs Stallone and Schwarzenegger, and probably Mr Chuck Norris himself. Sadly, for now though, the butchness and bravado will have to remain in the States as the UK won’t get it.
Unlike all good US pick-ups, the Raptor won’t be harbouring any weapons of mass destruction under its bonnet either, with Ford instead opting for a revised version of its 3.5-litre Ecoboost V6 paired to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Nevertheless, it is claimed the V6 lump will still out perform the current 6.2-litre V8s, producing more than 411hp and 585Nm of torque.
It was unveiled at the Detroit motor show in January but the Raptor won’t go into production at the company’s Dearborn Truck Plant until next year. That should give us plenty of time to bombard them with a barrage of emails and begging letters to convince Ford’s European execs to bring the Raptor – or at least its styling – to the UK. If we’re lucky it might mean we get an all-American looking pick-up truck next year as well as our current apple pie Transit.