Automotive Performance Group, an American tuner, has released a new package designed to transform the petrol-powered Ford Ranger bakkie into a proper “Raptor hunter”.

The APG Prorunner conversion features a combination of styling and performance upgrades. The wide body, for instance, is fashioned from what the California-based company describes as “100 percent aerospace-grade carbon-fibre”, increasing the bakkie’s width by a whopping 254 mm.

This furthermore allows for the fitment of up to 35-inch tyres, with up to 318 mm of suspension travel. The long-travel suspension system includes wider upper and lower control arms, a tie-rod extension kit, extended CV axle shafts, front hub centric wheel rings and rear wheel adapters with additional lug nuts.

So, how much does the conversion, including installation (but excluding the wheels and tyres), cost? Some $15 948, which translates to around R275 000 at the current exchange rate...

Options, meanwhile, include an aluminium rear bumper with D-rings (parking sensors and tow connections are retained), a Warn 8000-S winch integrated into the front bumper, KC Flex lighting (fore and aft), a KC-Hilite aluminium roofrack with M-Series light bar and side lights, and a Bantam light controller from sPOD.

Power comes from the US-spec Ranger’s turbocharged 2,3-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which offers 201 kW and 420 N.m to all four wheels via a ten-speed automatic transmission.

Watch the upgraded Ranger in action below...