RE: Ford Ranger 'Seeker Raptor GT' | Spotted

RE: Ford Ranger 'Seeker Raptor GT' | Spotted

Tuesday 11th February

Ford Ranger 'Seeker Raptor GT' | Spotted

Brawny, go-faster pick-ups are all the rage. The Seeker Raptor GT gets you halfway there



As was mentioned in our coverage of Jeep's new "Desert Rated" Gladiator Mojave last week, big sporty trucks are capable of generating the sort of counterintuitive appeal that has even the most sophisticated crowd day-dreaming about breakover angles and hydraulic bump stops. (Un)fortunately, they aren't particularly practical, affordable or even necessary on this side of the pond - although the same could be said for many of the more conventional performance cars that grace these web pages.

If a beefed-up truck is what you're looking for, odds are it'll be for the aesthetic which takes precedence over any sort of dune-jumping, river-fording or rock-crawling ability. After all, you hardly need uprated shocks, a reinforced sump guard or 14 inches of suspension travel to drive to the gym. Which is where things like today's Spotted come in.

Don't let the Raptor name fool you, with just 160hp from its 2.2-litre diesel engine - rather than the 213hp offered by the real thing - this isn't one of those. Being a 2016 car it was likely named in honour of its F150 big brother, long before the concept of an official Ranger Raptor reached these shores. Does it even matter, though?


Ford's own take on the concept hardly offers the same sort of remarkable performance gains found in that F150, taking a leisurely 10.5 seconds to reach 62mph. And it starts at over Β£48,000. This will see to the same speed in 11.8 seconds and set you back considerably less than half that, while being just a bit of black marker on the front grille away from offering a similarly menacing style.

Built by Seeker, which claims to be the UK's largest pick-up truck styling company, with over 45 projects in build at any one time, there's much to like about the GT Retro Edition. For starters, it's based on a standard Ranger double cab, for many years now the go-to option for UK pick-up buyers. It'll push, pull and carry pretty much anything a civilian user can throw at it, all whilst offering seating for four and a half and familiar Ford cabin architecture and build quality.

Then there are the aftermarket additions. Modifications including - but by no means limited to - a lift kit, widebody arch kit, black out pack, side steps, roll bar, bed liner, Shelby-style racing stripes and chunky off-road tyres, which combine to deliver precisely the same ultra-aggressive look you get with Ford's OEM equivalent. What more do you need? They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but that doesn't stop people from doing so. And whether or not it has the go to match the show, the Seeker Raptor's dust jacket tells exactly the story its designers intended.


SPECIFICATION - FORD RANGER
Engine: 2,198cc, turbocharged in-line four
Transmission: 6-speed manual, 4x4
Power (hp): 160@3,700rpm
Torque (lb ft): 385@1,500-2,500rpm
MPG: 39.8
CO2: 185g/km
Recorded mileage: 41,000
First registered: 2016
Price new: N/A
Yours for: Β£18,995

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drpep

Original Poster:

1,268 posts

118 months

Tuesday 11th February
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All personal prejudice aside, I don't really see the point of these in the UK. Here in the US there's barely a case for them, outside of some overland-adventure wagon. The reality is most of them do little more than pootle around between the mall and some suburban development. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for choice and am glad to see folks derive pleasure in all kinds of vehicles. Subjectively, the compromises I care about (handling, performance, real-world usability) are not well met by these things. Less so in the UK.

All that said, vive la difference!

DanielSan

14,685 posts

117 months

Tuesday 11th February
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I'd de-tint the lights and paint the front/resr bumper add ons and roll hoop black. But other than that it's a yes from me.

Mr Tidy

10,393 posts

77 months

Tuesday 11th February
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Why bother?

I have serious respect for anyone buying an F150 or Dodge Ram with a V8, but these "wannabe" pick-ups seem like a poor substitute that will usually be attached to your rear bumper until there is a bend and/or a clear dual-carriageway!

A sheep in wolf's clothing.

drpep

Original Poster:

1,268 posts

118 months

Tuesday 11th February
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Mr Tidy said:
Why bother?

I have serious respect for anyone buying an F150 or Dodge Ram with a V8, but these "wannabe" pick-ups seem like a poor substitute that will usually be attached to your rear bumper until there is a bend and/or a clear dual-carriageway!

A sheep in wolf's clothing.
FWIW, the Dodge Ram truck is the only V8-endowed vehicle I have driven where I pinned the throttle for 20 seconds and was still below the speed limit (70mph). That’s what 6000lbs of pointless mass will do for you.

PSB1967

68 posts

106 months

Tuesday 11th February
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Living in Oxfordshire where there isn't anywhere to off road legally without paying, I don't see the logical point of these adventure wagons. I guess the 0-62 time was before the mud plugging tyres were added, making this even slower in real terms. Having said all that I do like it and could understand why someone would buy it. I'd have to address the performance though.

cookie1600

1,389 posts

111 months

Tuesday 11th February
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PSB1967 said:
I'd have to address the performance though.
By buying something that had some semblance of performance in it's DNA to start with?

BFleming

1,766 posts

93 months

Tuesday 11th February
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Builders & scaffolders everywhere are lusting after this/already drive one. Not that they have a tub of scaffold clips or half a dozen bags of cement in the back - they show up in these to price jobs. They go 'off road' through a site every so often, but mostly don't. Sign written, tax written off, job done.

Sub5

6 posts

Tuesday 11th February
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It certainly looks the part and I can see the appeal over a stock model. No pictures of the interior though frown If it's based on the 2.2 LTD, likely to have leather interior. Like was said. The fuel consumption would be horrendous with that tires, not to mention the road noise on tarmac. The Fords are some of the best looking pick ups out there at the moment and way cheaper than an Amarok

I ran a lightly used 3.2 Wildtrak as my business daily back in 2018 but I just couldn't live with it and traded it after 6 months. No more than 20mpg even driving it like Miss Daisy. Semi spirited would see 18mpg. It sounded like a Sherman tank on cold start up and always sounded like a bag of spanners when giving it some. Would scare you into a change of underwear in the damp with the back end stepping out too easily...2 tonnes plus driving The chassis had started to rust after 6 months. I have know chassis to be repaired under warranty on less that year old ones. On a positive as it wasn't all bad. The heated seats were amazing. It had a heated screen, very handy for the North East. Nice driving position for gawking into passing cars or at lights wink The Sync 3 was ok, and I only lost £500 quid during my ownership

JimmyConwayNW

2,372 posts

75 months

Tuesday 11th February
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I buy Ranger Wildtraks add the wide arch kit plus a few other Ford add ones lie nudge bar, large wheels lift kit etc and sell them. They look a damn sight better than that monstrosity. I think it looks awful.

We do very well with them.

scottygib553

239 posts

45 months

Tuesday 11th February
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Insufferable Andy McNab-reading wanbee hard man mobile. Fire it into the sun.

Jon_S_Rally

718 posts

38 months

Tuesday 11th February
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I think this one looks blinkin' awful. Really tacky and nasty.

The Ranger can look smart with a decent arch kit and some other bits though. I did drive one a year or two ago and, in Wildtrak trim, it was quite a nice place to be. A big old lump though. Not the sort of thing I would want to park in the local supermarket car park.

David87

5,438 posts

162 months

Tuesday 11th February
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I had a real Ranger Raptor for a couple of days and even with 210bhp it was miserably slow. This must be painful. biggrin

PhantomPH

3,184 posts

175 months

Tuesday 11th February
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I'm making a habit of going against the grain on PH these days...once again, I know I shouldn't like it but I do!

Would I buy one? Probably not (Although for less than £20k it's hilariously tempting as a 'winter car') but I must say that I think the blue one looks the business. smile

phatman5000

4 posts

5 months

Tuesday 11th February
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I have to say I snigger at these somewhat - and Ford's own Wildtrak Midlife Crisis special edition.

But that's because I drive an F150 King Ranch 3.5 Ecoboost with 470hp, which I bought 2 years old with 17,000mls for £28,000 - £20k less than a new Ranger Raptor. Not to brag; I just want to illustrate how much better it is than a European Ford pickup.

It's 8 times the truck, a metre longer and looks nowhere near as try-hard, but you can start it from the remote, it has every bell & whistle ever invented and when people they see it, they go "woah". I've put 25,000mls on it and reliability has been perfect. The acceleration bends the planet around you, and it does 24mph, which is like 2mpg less than the 3.2 diesel Ranger.

So what I'm saying is - if you have new Ranger money and want to impress people, just get an F150.

bluesierra

58 posts

46 months

Tuesday 11th February
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So this is a Ranger rather than the F150 Raptor, and it's not even a proper Raptor? That's a hard no from me...

Next week on spotted: a Fiat Punto 1.1 that does 0-62 in 14s.

RB Will

5,921 posts

190 months

Tuesday 11th February
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drpep said:
Mr Tidy said:
Why bother?

I have serious respect for anyone buying an F150 or Dodge Ram with a V8, but these "wannabe" pick-ups seem like a poor substitute that will usually be attached to your rear bumper until there is a bend and/or a clear dual-carriageway!

A sheep in wolf's clothing.
FWIW, the Dodge Ram truck is the only V8-endowed vehicle I have driven where I pinned the throttle for 20 seconds and was still below the speed limit (70mph). That’s what 6000lbs of pointless mass will do for you.
Pretty sure it was broken then, or super old when emissions were strangling them. My 2003 Ram would do 0-60 in about 8-9 and the current ones do it in about 6.
Weight wise they are similar or less than most of the big SUVs and saloon cars these days.

Nick928

152 posts

105 months

Tuesday 11th February
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bluesierra said:
So this is a Ranger rather than the F150 Raptor, and it's not even a proper Raptor? That's a hard no from me...

Next week on spotted: a Fiat Punto 1.1 that does 0-62 in 14s.
Pretty much the same as sticking a BMW M badge on a Chaved up 318i?

edwheels

176 posts

96 months

Tuesday 11th February
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Cunningly combine the performance and refinement of a Landrover Series II with the subtlety and classlessness of a monster truck...

Not for me, but I am sure it'll find a home.


Gixer968CS

26 posts

38 months

Tuesday 11th February
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I'm all for personal choice, so happy for anyone to drive around in one of these if it floats their boat, but please DO NOT park it next to me in the carpark so that I can't get out of my (quite small) car. Number of times massive, oversized cars get in to spaces too small for them and I can't open my doors. Grrrrrrr

james6546

13 posts

1 month

Tuesday 11th February
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Those fedima tyres (which I think are remoulds) are absolutely terrible on the road. Amazing in the mud, but terrible at everything else.

It looks better than a standard limited, but is trying way too hard.

We bought an L200 barbarian in the end over a ranger. It's thirsty (but I think that's the autos fault), but generally better than I expected it to be