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The New Ranger Raptor is How Much?!

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Without the Ford F-150 Raptor available, those outside of the United States have to opt for a different Ford performance truck. The Ford Ranger Raptor is that answer, but with that news comes the price. And the question is, the new Ranger Raptor is how much?!

The short answer is, ‘expensive’. Especially in comparison to its bigger, meaner American sibling the F-150 Raptor. While the latter is available as an import option, here in Australia, the upcoming Ranger Raptor is the only Ford performance truck that will come with a factory warranty. We discussed Australia’s performance truck options not too long ago, and compared them to America’s.

Raptor by name

The specs of Ranger Raptor are of course, not quite as monstrous of that of the F-150. They are however, nothing to scoff at. A 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, all-terrain tires, Raptor looks, new chassis and updated suspension are all worthy upgrades over the regular Ranger models.

t all comes at a premium however. The base price in Australia for a Ranger Raptor will be USD $58,100 ($74,990 in Australian dollars), before on-road costs. The price in the U.S. for an F-150 Raptor starts at USD $50,000. I understand the comparison isn’t apples to apples, but the Ranger Raptor is in every sense, expensive.

How do the numbers stack up?

Even in comparison to its local counterparts it’s pushing the limits. The closest rival would be General Motors’ local arm Holden and their newly released HSV Colorado Sportscat. Those start at USD $47,300 ($61,000 in Australian dollars). Volkswagen has recently announced power upgrades to their high-end Amarok truck, with those expected to start at at least USD $53,000 ($68,490 in Australian dollars).

So you can see that the competition is plentiful, and some will question whether the Raptor’s less than spectacular power outputs are worth the entry price.

That is, of course, before anyone has driven the Ranger Raptor. My guess is that once people do start driving, they will realize how good it is.

Home on the range

With news that the Ranger is returning to the United States for the 2019 model, it would be interesting to see if Ford gives the Ranger the Raptor treatment. I suspect that they won’t, seeing as that name is synonymous with the F-150. But if they do, it surely has to be priced well below that of the F-150.

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Rare Ferrari GTO sells for record $70 million

How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams?

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How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams? What about a one-of-a-kind beauty that you see driving past your prestige dealer? How about a rare 1963 Ferrari GTO?

If you are Dave MacNeil, the answer to the latter, is USD $70 million. MacNeil, who is the CEO of automotive weather guard company WeatherTech, shelled out the record amount for a rare Ferrari.

It is no ordinary rare Ferrari of course. While already limited to 39 builds, this particular one, chassis number 4153 GT, is special. The car won the 1964 Tour de France motor race and finished fourth at Le Mans in 1963.

Records Broken

The $70 million paid by MacNeil eclipses the previous record for the Ferrari GTO. In 2013, a GTO was sold for a then record $53 million.

The Ferrari GTO is powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine and is one of only 39 built between 1962-1964.

MacNeil joins an exclusive group of GTO owners that include Ralph Lauren and Walmart heir Rob Walton.

How much is too much?

When you are in the same tax bracket as the Ralph Laurens and Walmarts of the world, perhaps there really isn’t a price that is too much for a prized automobile. It is truly rarefied air when the cars in your collection exceed seven digits a piece. For the rest of us, it seems utterly ridiculous of course. Collectors however, do see the worth of these incredibly rare vehicles.

How would you rather spend $70 million? I would definitely buy an expensive sports car, but one for considerably less.

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Camaro coming to Australia as an automatic only

The Chevrolet Camaro is officially coming to Australia this year as an import from Holden Special Vehicles. Excitement may have been tempered slightly with its expected high price, and its auto-only option.

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With the demise of local manufacturing, Australian buyers looking for grunt outside of expensive European options have flocked to the Ford Mustang. Almost 10,000 ‘Stangs were sold last year, which is enough proof that, while Australians don’t make affordable muscle cars anymore, they still want to buy them.

Holden, without a flagship V8 for the first time in decades, is turning to its parent company GM for a much needed boost. Holden’s performance arm, Holden Special Vehicles, announced earlier that the Chevy Camaro, in its 2SS trim, will be made available this year.

Good News and Bad News

That’s definitely the good news portion of it. While the thrill of locally made, hotted-up Commodores have been put to bed, the Camaro is more than a worthy successor. HSV have announced the specs for the 2SS for Australia, proving that it’ll pack quite the punch to satisfy the cravings of auto enthusiasts and muscle car fans.

The Australian 2SS Camaros will come with a 6.2-litre Gen 5 LT1 V8, packing 454hp (339kW) and 455 ft-lb of torque (617Nm). It will have Brembo brakes, a bi-modal exhaust, tons of technology and a variety of colour options.

So what is bad news here? Well, the Camaros have started arriving in Australia in your factory standard left-hand drive version. They are being converted to right-hand drive by HSV, which will add a hefty bump to the price tag. While no official numbers have been released just yet, speculation is that the price will come in around USD$60,400 (AUD$80,000). That’s almost $20k more than made-for-Australia Mustangs. HSV says they will be looking to keep numbers at 1,000 units a year, well below that of Ford’s current Mustang sales.

Another sticking point for performance enthusiasts is that the Australian Camaros will be available with an automatic transmission only. I know that probably stings, so I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Equipped with paddle shifters, it’ll be mated to an 8-speed auto transmission, which means the Camaro will be based on the outgoing 2018 model, and not the new 2019.

Still a Winner

Time will tell how the factory-backed Camaro will do. European performance cars have done pretty well with automatic transmissions, so it shouldn’t really hurt that much. While on the pricey side, the Camaro will still be far more affordable than an Audi RS or BMW M-series. It is a just a shame that this particular car, one that is aimed at filling in some lofty Commodore shoes, comes a little shackled from the get-go.

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