RTR has now done its thing to the new Ford Ranger.
Ford’s relationship with RTR, the aftermarket tuning company that concerns itself with making Ford vehicles just that much more capable, has been a lucrative one. They’ve already done up the Mustang and F-150 in their characteristic style, and now it’s finally time for the reborn Ford Ranger to get the same treatment.
As with every RTR installation, we start with the grille which gets dual LED inserts designed to make the car’s front fascia look like the RTR logo. It doesn’t quite achieve the same aesthetic, but it does look cool, so there’s that.
Next, new RTR fender flares contain a set of RTR 17-inch Tech 6 wheels painted satin charcoal. Each rim is wrapped in 265/70R17 Nitto Ridge Grappler off-road tires for maximum grip over any sort of terrain. Helping the RTR Ranger cross boundaries are a set of FOX Racing 2.0 performance coilovers.
Nothing really happens under the hood as the RTR Ranger retains its 2.3-L EcoBoost 4-cylinder with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. It does get a new cat-back exhaust from Ford Performance, so maybe there might be a few extra horses here and there.
The rest is all style upgrades. An RTR license plate frame and dealer graphics make it clear just what sort of Ranger you're driving, while floor liners and a serialized plaque will remind the driver every time they sit behind the wheel. Various badges and decals complete the look.
“Being an off-road enthusiast and a lover of the great outdoors, I am in love with the way the Ford Ranger RTR can allow you to explore roads and lands less traveled," said Vaughan Gittin Jr., RTR President and shredder of tires on Ford's drift team. "The smaller footprint of the Ranger RTR allows navigation on narrow canyons and the tight trails that you find off the grid. The Ranger RTR has the capability to traverse all terrains and looks great doing it!"
The RTR Ranger starts at $9,800 above the price of a regular Ranger and can be installed at the dealer. Our first look comes at this year’s SEMA Show at the Ford Out Front booth.