Grab your raincoat and prepare for a storm because Ford has decided to expand their truck range with the New Limited Ranger Thunder Edition! But what makes this model unique from other Ranger models? Let’s compare the Thunder to Ford’s existing line-up to answer this question.
Off the bat we know that this model is special because only limited stock of the Thunder is manufactured and available for purchase. Due to this limited availability, potential owners will have to jump at the chance to get their hands on this powerful vehicle!Let’s start off by comparing the performance of the Thunder, Wildtrak and Raptor models. Under the hood, all three vehicles have a 2.0L Bi-Turbo 4-Cylinder Diesel Engine and drive via a 10-speed automatic transmission (Ford.co.za, 2020).
Furthermore, the Thunder and the Wildtrak both have a fuel consumption of 7.8L/100km, while the Raptor uses 8.3L/100km. The Raptor emits 220g of CO2 per km, while the Wildtrak and Thunder both emit 207g of CO2 per km (Ford.co.za, 2020). The Raptor is known for its ultra-durable and larger frame, so it consumes slightly more fuel than the Wildtrak and Thunder models.
The maximum power for all the models is 157Nm @ 3750rpm and all three of these vehicles have a maximum Torque of 500Nm @ 1500-2000rpm. The Thunder also showcases a 210-horsepower diesel engine like the Raptor model (Ford.co.za, 2020).
Both the Raptor and the Thunder utilises 4-wheel drive as standard, while the Wildtrak also has a 4X2 option. All three vehicles come with a double cab configuration as standard (Ford.co.za, 2020). The double cab configuration offers more space for work and play. The only considerable difference is the size of the Raptor model.
The Raptor is 4mm longer and 51mm wider than the Wildtrak model (Ford.co.za, 2020). The Raptor’s ground clearance also increased from the Wildtrak’s 230mm to 283mm. The Thunder’s ground clearance is between the Raptor and Wildtrak with a clearance of 237mm (Ford.co.za, 2020).
Performance-wise it is clear that the Thunder slots in just above the Wildtrak and below the Raptor. So, what really makes the Thunder unique and worth consideration? Let’s look at the cosmetic and technological features of the Thunder.
Even though it is based on the Wildtrak, the Thunder showcases some impressive standard features such as exclusive 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, bold red highlights on the exterior and 3-dimentional badges that accentuates the matte-black Thunder logos displayed on the exterior of the vehicle’s body (Ford.co.za, 2020).
While the Ford Ranger Wildtrak offers a leather-seat combination of leather and high-quality durable materials, the Thunder and the Raptor models have 100% leather seating (Ford.co.za, 2020).
It is also evident that each model has a different interior colour scheme. The Wildtrak is known for its vibrant orange and black spacious seating with orange stitching, while the Raptor has sleek black, blue and grey body-contoured sport seats with suede inserts (Ford.co.za, 2020). The Thunder, on the other hand, has distinctive Ebony leather seats with Thunder embroidery and matching stitching in bold red. This stitching is also visible on the steering wheel, the cabin and the instrument panel (Ford.co.za, 2020).
When it comes to technological features all three cars have Ford SYNC*3 with voice activation, 2X USB ports, 6 speakers, rear-view cameras, lane keeping aid, and 8” colour screens, just to name a few! However, the Thunder also has 2 X 4.2” TFT screens in cluster and navigation (Ford.co.za, 2020) The Thunder’s steering wheel also provides newly designed multi-functional buttons and rear floor storage that improves your overall driving experience. This impressive truck also has a forward collision warning system that allows the vehicle to brake on its own in case of an emergency (Ford.co.za, 2020).
The Thunder definitely has some impressive and bold exterior and interior features, but does the price reflect the value of the vehicle? With an estimated cost of R800 000, the Thunder once again comes in between the Wildtrak (R753 600) and the Raptor (R875 000) (Ford.co.za, 2020).
As previously stated, the performance and features of the Thunder puts it in between the Wildtrak and Raptor models, and its price reflects that nicely. With its exclusive features this limited-edition model is a great option for all Ranger lovers!
The Ford Ranger Thunder was made to stand out with its dramatic colour-contrasting exterior and unique interior specifications. It delivers an assertive and bold design without compromising the powerful Thunder’s practicality.
The Thunder is a limited-edition vehicle that you do not want to miss out on! But don’t take our word for it, go test drive one today!