Stuarts been looking for a good 4x4 this week and he might just have found it in Ford's Ranger Wildtrak.
Ever since the emergence of the crew cab pick up, manufacturers of nearly every car brand have cast their lot into the market to try and carve a niche out for themselves. From the L200 from Mitsubishi to the infamous Toyota Hilux, they have become a common sight on Irish roads. Some have been a disaster, some mediocre and some have lived up to their expectations. Isuzu, Mazda, Ford, Nissan also took the step with relative success as Volkswagon and Great Wall have in recent years. And in fairness, most have improved their models through the passage of time.
Having come from an Isuzu Dmax Cobra Edition, I have been on the look out for a new set of wheels lately and while many of the top tier manufacturers have launched some mouth watering machines, there is one in particular that really takes my fancy. I am of course talking about the 2017 Ford Ranger Wildtrak.
With its 5 cylinder 3.2 turbo diesel engine punching 200 hp and enough torque to pull your house down the road behind you, it has all the power you will ever need. Don't expect this to barrel down the road like a Vtec or an Evo when you hear these figures, this brute needs this power to haul all of its 2.2 ton ass around but you'll do so in all the comfort in the world. The drivers seat is one hell of a place to sit.
Equipped with the latest Sync 2 system from Ford, the centre control console is all worked via a 9 inch touchscreen. It has so many features, I'm sure there is one there where a fresh breakfast roll is magically delivered to your glove box every morning. It's a serious piece of kit. Everywhere you look in this cab screams technology and you'll feel king of the road looking out of it. That is, until you meet someone else driving one. Then the bubble bursts and your once pride and joy that was the only one around is now a sibling to the dozen or so that suddenly dribbles into your locality. Now don't get me wrong, that's a sign of a good machine but for me, it's like a knife to the heart. I like the one offs, the unique look and thats where I'm going to take you.
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak Deranged.
Based in the UK, The Deranged team take your beloved new wheels, tell you come back in a week or so and transform your crewcab into a neck snapper. If you thought you got looks before in your new ranger, think again. This one ticks all the boxes. First up, the truck is raised a safe 2 inchs all round. So now your higher. Then there's an eight piece wide arch kit bolted on. So now your wider. Off come all the chrome pieces to be replaced by black satin ones. So now your darker. On go 18 inch three piece black wheels with 275 tyres. So now your rolling. Finally, windows tinted and a dark colour of your choice paint job. So now your ready for home. And the result ? They say a picture speaks a thousand words. This one will leave you speechless.
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak Deranged. Please no one buy one. I want to be the only one.