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Is this the perfect bakkie? Ford's 'Mustang F-150 Raptor' is what dreams are made of

2020-06-16 08:30

Charlen Raymond

Ford Mustang F-150 Raptor

Rendered Ford Mustang F-150 Raptor. Image: Kleber Silva

• Mustang rendered as a bakkie

Vehicle based on the Ford F-150 Raptor

• Mustang bakkie unlikely to come to fruition

It's unlikely to ever happen, but this render by Kleber Silva is a damn good indication of what a Mustang bakkie could look like.

Silva took the face of the 2020 Mustang GT and pegged it onto the F-150 Raptor. As such, the bakkie only sees cosmetic changes to the front and rear, so one can expect the bakkie to continue with its Fox shocks and almost 14-inches of suspension travel, and Recaro seats.

Silva, a design artist, managed to merge the Mustang's face inch perfectly onto the F-150 Raptor. The headlights look somewhat strange on the bakkie, because of their thin-ish design.

The grille is identical to that of the Mustang, which makes one wonder if it will perform its purpose sufficiently of channelling air to the engine. Underneath, a chrome skid plate underlines further enhances the intent of this bakkie.

The "Mustang F-150 Raptor" is based on the Ford F-150 SuperCab.

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Ford Mustang F-150 Raptor

Rendered Ford Mustang F-150 Raptor. Image: Kleber Silva

Chances of it happening?

In a perfect world, this bakkie would be on everyone's wish list.

It looks the part, it is unique enough, and is (probably) powered by the Mustang's 5.0-litre V8 engine that develops 331kW and 530Nm. This would be awesome beyond comprehension!

But alas, the chances of this bakkie becoming a reality is non-existent.

Firstly, the Mustang range will not see any form of expansion.

As it stands, the Fastback and convertible models suffice to Ford's demands, and the Mach-E - the electric Mustang - is how Ford sees the future of its sports car. A bakkie version of the Mustang is not on the cards and it would, as far as we can gather, not make sense for Ford to expand the Mustang range to accommodate a bakkie.

The Mach-E, shown in SUV/crossover guise, speaks to market trends and bakkies aren't a part of it.

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Secondly, Ford's global bakkie offering is quite comprehensive. Locally, we have the Ranger - available in both standard and Raptor trims. In international markets, Ford offers the Ranger, as well as the F-150, F-250, and F-350. With the Bronco scheduled for an imminent reveal, Silva also envisioned how it would look as a bakkie.

If Ford does decide to turn the Bronco into a bakkie, its bakkie range would be the most comprehensive of any automaker in the world. However, just like the Mustang F-150 Raptor, the Bronco bakkie is also the brainchild of Silva's pen.

Ford Bronco pick-up

Ford Bronco pick-up. Image: Kleber Silva

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