When Ford announced the introduction of the 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor it was exciting news to everyone except the Ford Ranger enthusiasts in North America. We did not get a Raptor option when the Ranger returned to North America in 2019. The current Ford Ranger is based off of the global Ford Ranger platform which is being updated for 2022. As a result, the North America Ford Ranger will get updated in 2023.
Ford has announced a new Ford Ranger Raptor with the new 2023 design, and Ford CEO Jim Farley has announced that the
The current Ford Ranger sold in the United States only comes with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine making 270 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of torque paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new Ford Ranger Raptor will come with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine making 392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s a similar setup to what is found in the Bronco Raptor.
An anti-lag system similar to the one fitted to the GT and the Focus ST ensures boost is always there when you need it. It keeps the turbochargers spinning for up to three seconds after the driver’s foot comes off the gas.
Front and rear lockers send power to all four wheels when locked.
The Ranger Raptor has an active exhaust system with four modes that are selected on the steering wheel: Quiet, Normal, Sport and Baja (when you want to wake your neighbors).
The upper and lower control arms are made from aluminum to keep weight in check, both axles gain more travel, and adjustable Fox 2.5-inch Live Valve shocks with internal bypass technology come standard. One of the many cool features packed into the Raptor is Bottom-Out Control, which maximizes damping force in the final 25% of suspension travel to ensure that the underbody doesn’t have an expensive encounter with a rock. This also prevents the Ranger from squatting as it accelerates. If the Raptor does bottom out, thick skid plates mitigate the damage by protecting most of the vital mechanical components.
33-inch BF Goodrich K02 all-terrain tires can be seen in the photos, along with 17-inch bead-lock-capable wheels that will be optional.
Drivers have seven modes called Normal, Sport, Slippery, Rock Crawl, Sand, Mud/Ruts and Baja to choose from. Each profile modifies parameters like the traction and stability control systems, the ABS sensitivity, the transmission’s shift points, and the throttle response. Each driving mode is linked to a specific theme in the instrument cluster.
The Raptor wears a brawny look characterized by “FORD” lettering in the grille, a shorter front bumper that increases the approach angle, flared wheel arches, and a Raptor emblem on the tailgate. Step inside and you’ll find what Ford refers to as jet fighter-inspired sport seats, Code Orange accents, shift paddles, and a great deal of technology including a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12-inch touchscreen and a 10-speaker B&O sound system.
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