Because the Ranger Raptor is a bona fide Ford Performance vehicle, the temptation to single out and criticise the underwhelming nature of its 2.0-litre diesel four-pot can be tricky to resist. If US-spec versions of the Ranger Raptor are reportedly getting a petrol V6, and the F-150 Raptor already has one, then what’s stopping Ford from bringing it over here? Inevitably, it’ll all boil down to a question of economics. But really, to criticise the Ranger Raptor’s engine for its shortage of on-paper performance after examining the extensive changes that have been made to its chassis does feel like missing the point a bit.
That said, there’s no avoiding the fact that – for what is supposed to be a performance vehicle – the Ranger Raptor is pretty slow. Against the stopwatch, the 2.5-tonne pick-up truck clocked an average 0-60mph time of 10.5sec on Millbrook’s mile straight in damp conditions. While that does make Ford’s claimed 0-62mph time of 10.5sec believable, it also means the Raptor is only 0.3sec quicker to 60mph than the 197bhp five-cylinder Ranger Wildtrak we tested in 2012.
We observed a similar difference in 30-70mph times, too – our measure of how effectively a car accelerates in the real world. Where the standard Ranger managed 10.7sec, the Raptor completed the run in 10.5sec. That said, the Raptor outpaced the Mercedes X250d we road tested last year, which hit 60mph from rest in 11.2sec. Its run from 30mph to 70mph, meanwhile, took 11.6sec.