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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-07-2018, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Ford Ranger Raptor close to 1,000 orders in AUS

It looks like despite the crazy the crazy ask for the new Raptor variant of the Ranger down under, that already 1,000 Australians have placed an order for the upcoming performance ute. I have to admit that I'm a little surprised, considering the new price ceiling for the segment, which sees this new flagship at $74,990 plus on road costs. Most of these people who have shown an interest have yet to see the new pickup in person, so it'll be interesting to see what changes when it arrives at dealers.
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Probably a non refundable deposit when it comes to expensive models like the Ranger Raptor so people will most likely just take the delivery.
I can see the necessity of a performance ute pickup if you live outside of the city, but then again everything I know of Australia is through research online. Maybe not everyone needs an ute to haul wild game.
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Probably a non refundable deposit when it comes to expensive models like the Ranger Raptor so people will most likely just take the delivery.
I can see the necessity of a performance ute pickup if you live outside of the city, but then again everything I know of Australia is through research online. Maybe not everyone needs an ute to haul wild game.
With that we should see Ford either have certain high volume dealers only sell the Ranger Raptor during the initial launch year or have very specific allocations for every dealer.
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Considering the most popular model currently is the top end Wildtrak, it makes sense that there is so much early interest in the new high end model. I don't believe the F150 Raptor is available in Australia either, unless your looking to have it imported and converted to right hand drive.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-11-2018, 05:43 AM
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Aussie guys should have no problem using them off-road which is where they should really be experienced. Aside from that its excessive for the street. Very practical to have a ute for daily commutes and the Raptor for off-road competition.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-11-2018, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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I guess we wont really know how practical the Ranger Raptor is until we get confirmation of its fuel economy numbers. I know that the F150 variant, believe it or not is one of the more fuel efficient trims in the lineup.
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Well it will be substantially more practical on size alone, at least for inner city driving. I don't know if you saw the video reviews of the F150 Raptor in the UK, but it was obnoxiously large for their streets.
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Have they indicated if the Raptor variant of the Ranger is any larger? I'm assuming that its going to sit a little higher with the performance suspension system.
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It should be wider in terms of overall width once you factor in tires but I haven't seen anything else to suggest other areas. IMO keeping it as simple as they can is the way to go.
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I don't think its wheelbase is significantly different from the standard trims, though obviously the panelling is a little more aggressive looking. I think it was a smart move to tone down the stance a bit from the F150 model. Ford needs to hit that sweet spot between performance and practicality.
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