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The Ford Ranger Raptor will be unleashed into South Africa's shores this week.

The Ford Ranger is all about being tough. And now a tougher version of Ford's popular bakkie is ready to take on the fight to the Mercedes-Benz X350d and Volkswagen's Amarok V6 TDI.

But Ford is going about the tougher route in a different way. Instead of slapping a whopping V6 diesel under the boot, they are toughening the whole bakkie instead.

Photo: Motor Press
Photo: Motor Press

The Raptor which is built at Ford's Silverton Plant in Pretoria, features a lot of new features to set it apart from the rest of the flock.

It gets a 2-0 litre bi-turbodiesel, which puts down 157 kW and 500 Nm of torque.

The power goes to all wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Photo: Motor Press
Photo: Motor Press

For comparison, the Merc's V6 bakkie puts out 190 kW and 550 Nm and the Amarok 165 kW and 550 Nm.

So, Ford's four-pot should hold its own against the competition and Ford has gone a step further to prove its toughness.

It's 50mm taller and 168mm wider than the standard Ranger.

Photo: Motor Press
Photo: Motor Press

It's got work done to the suspension too, the track is 150mm wider and it gets a new long-travel Fox springs and 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tyres to give it a badass look.

All this will set you back R786 400.

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