The Ford Ranger Raptor is coming to Ireland.
Sadly for serious pickup fans, it will not be coming in the shape of the 450 bhp twin turbo V6 selling in America, but in a rather more muted bi-turbo 2.0 TDCi guise with 213 bhp, albeit with the 10- speed auto ‘box.
This week, the Raptor became the first ever vehicle revealed at Europe’s largest video gaming event, Gamescom.
Two Ranger Raptors provide striking bookends at the Ford stand, which also includes a 4D racing simulator built especially for the event and eight Forzagaming pods offering head-to-head racing.
Ford also revealed that the Ranger Raptor will be added to the upcoming Xbox open-world racing game Forza Horizon 4, which will release worldwide on October 2. The high-performance pick-up, which tore up the track at Goodwood Festival of Speed, will soon offer gamers hours of dirt-churning excitement on virtual racetracks.
Roelant de Waard, vice president of marketing, sales, and service, Europe, said: “There’s a genuine fun factor about this unique vehicle, a rally-style pick-up that will bring smiles to drivers and gamers across the world.