Tests independently conducted by Mark Jones – Power Motoring Media cc

Ford have made their trusty Ranger even more attractive to the market with keen pricing and the addition of a dressed up Montana version.
Now, master tuners, Steves Auto Clinic, have gone and made it simply irresistible with one of their legendary power upgrades.
No one can really argue that the Ranger still has good styling and a reliable reputation.
But where there is no dispute is in the power department. The Ranger is a junior in a class of seniors.
Coming in standard at only 80 kW of power and 257 Nm of torque against the likes of the Nissans and Toyotas making over 100 kW and 300 Nm, it is seriously outgunned on the road.
Before we even get into the magic worked on the Ranger by SAC, lets consider a few facts that you should take into account when choosing a workshop and even more importantly, before you part with your money.
As many claim to be able to help you, but when it comes to producing reliable results, you are often left feeling disappointed and somewhat poorer too.
Steves Auto Clinic have been in business for over 20 years now, so you know that they have a wealth of experience behind them.
You then have the convenience of there being branches situated countrywide.
Add to this the fact that all these branches employ the best staff the industry has to offer, using the latest state of the art equipment; you know your vehicle is in good hands.
If you still have some doubt, then consider this.
They are the only performance workshop in the country that buys and develops their own cars and maintains a strategic test fleet for you the customer to sample.
No ‘trial and error’ on a customer’s car here, and it is this confidence that allows them to offer a host of ‘No Worry Warranty’ options on all the work they do for total peace of mind motoring.
Enough of the talk, lets get to what makes Junior go big.
Well first up, SAC offer you three stages of upgrade, so there is something to suit any budget.
Stage 1 consists of carefully calibrating the diesel pump to match the boost and timing requirements and adding a freeflow exhaust.
This sees an increase from 80 kW to about 89 kW and 257 Nm to 270 Nm.
Should you want more than what Stage 1 offers, Stage 2 involves the fitting of a larger, more efficient intercooler to go with the calibrated pump and freeflow exhaust.
Power now jumps to 100 kW and the torque goes up to a healthy 300 Nm.
Finally, should you really want to become a bully, then Stage 3 is the way to go.
Added to Stage 2 you now get a turbo upgrade thrown into the mix and this sees Junior now pumping out 110 kW and 320 Nm of tar churning torque.
So you have seen the power figures, but how does this translate onto the real world of the road?
Well I can assure you that you won’t need a dyno graph to tell you that your Ranger is now better, you will feel it instantly.
In outright sprint terms the SAC Ranger destroys the standard 0 – 100 km/h time by more than 3 seconds and continues to grow this advantage the longer the road gets.
But sprinting is only one small part of everyday driving. Where it gets even better for me is out on the open road in top gear.
Once in 5th gear, you will very seldom have to gear down in order to make rapid progress around traffic, as the response is instant once again and the extra power and torque now on tap makes short work of overtaking.
4 seconds quicker from 120 – 140 km/h in 5th gear is impressive but nowhere as impressive or safer than the fact that this same manoeuvre now takes almost 150 metres less to complete.
Top speed as always is almost academic with this type of vehicle due mainly to limited gearing and safety issues related to excessive speed.
The SAC Ranger goes a bit quicker at nearly 158 km/h, with the speedo showing a very unrealistic 175 km/h but again it impresses by getting there in half the distance over standard version.
And can you believe it; there is an added bonus to the extra pull and responsiveness of the upgrade, the SAC Ranger uses somewhat fuel than it did before.
This is thanks to the engine efficiency being better now and this translates into the driver not having to use so much accelerator and gearbox to keep the Ranger on the boil.
All in all, we came away from this test very impressed and can report that this upgrade is available from all SAC branches, all you have to do is visit www.steves.co.za and the friendly staff of your nearest branch will contact you and take care of all your motoring needs.
Before & After Tests
SAC Ford Ranger Montana Supercab 4X2 2.5 TD –
Standard SAC
0 – 60 km/h: 6.64 Secs 5.28 Secs
0 – 80 km/h: 10.43 Secs 8.59 Secs
0 – 100 km/h: 16.97 Secs 13.64 Secs
0 – 120 km/h: 25.20 Secs 20.97 Secs
0 – 140 km/h: 42.87 Secs 35.11 Secs
1/4 Mile: 20.14 Secs @ 109.03 km/h 18.99 Secs @ 115.25 km/h
1000m: 37.45 Secs @ 135.05 km/h 35.66 Secs @ 140.53 km/h
100 – 120 km/h (5th): 8.14 Secs 7.33 Secs
120 – 140 km/h (5th): 17.70 Secs 13.69 Secs
Top Speed (indicated): 153.73 km/h (170 km/h) 157.73 km/h (175 km/h)
Power: 80kW / 257 Nm 110kW / 320 Nm
Tests independently conducted by Mark Jones of Power Motoring Media cc using Racelogic Vbox Test Equipment.