Ford Ranger Raptor gets virtual lease of life as it comes to Ireland

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.

It’s also a stunning addition to the virtual Ford garage that already includes some of the most driven vehicles on Forza, and we know gamers everywhere will enjoy all the on- and off-road thrills Ranger Raptor has to offer.[.quote]

Ford says the new Ranger Raptor, the toughest version of Europe’s best-selling pick-up, is the ultimate performance utility vehicle that offers the best of both worlds. The heavy-duty suspension, we are told, tames rough tracks and also delivers a smooth ride in urban areas and on motorways.

We will have more on pricing and specification when it becomes available.


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