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Published: 22 Feb 2022

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When Ford launched the first Ranger Raptor pick-up a few years ago, we loved everything about it. Well, almost everything. The one component that didn’t seem to fit with the Baja-bashing nature was the 210bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine. Sure, it had 369lb ft of torque and we were never expecting an F-150 Raptor-syle V8, but it lacked soul and drama.

Luckily it seems Ford Performance was listening, because the new Raptor (based on the next generation Ranger unveiled late last year) will have a twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 at its heart. Hurrah!

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The petrol V6 will produce 284bhp and 362lb ft of torque. It’ll shout about it too, with a new active exhaust that gets Quiet, Normal, Sport and Baja modes. Ford hasn’t released any acceleration or top speed figures just yet, but the Raptor’s programme supervisor Justin Capicchiano did let slip that it’d be “hot hatch-fast on dirt”. Mega. The 10-speed auto gearbox remains.

Developed by Ford Performance in Australia, the new Ranger Raptor will get re-engineered suspension to cope with the extra power. There’s more travel and FOX 2.5-inch Live Valve dampers, plus underbody protection that’s almost double the size of the standard Ranger’s and made from 2.3mm-thick steel.

The chassis has also been beefed up and there’s now seven different drive modes, plus a new full-time four-wheel drive system with an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case and front and rear locking diffs. Oh, and the engine gets a new anti-lag system that keeps the turbos spinning for up to three seconds after you back off the throttle.

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The looks are all about WIDTH. With FORD lettering across the giant grille, bigger arches to cope with the wider track and the C-clamp daytime running lights that appear on the standard Ranger. Those wheels are bespoke 17-inch Raptor units.

Inside there are new “jet fighter-inspired” sports seats and plenty of orange accents, as well as magnesium paddle shifters and that giant 12-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dash. The Raptor also gets a 12.4-inch digital instrument display.

The best bit? The new Ranger Wildtrak won’t arrive on our shores until Spring of 2023, says Ford, but the Raptor will be here in summer this year. Worth noting that the payload will be similar to that of the outgoing Raptor though, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to claim any tax back by registering it as a commercial vehicle.

What do we reckon then fellow Europeans? Does this make up for us missing out on the Bronco Raptor?

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FAQs

Is the Ranger Raptor twin-turbo? ›

Since the latest Ford Ranger Raptor had a power upgrade from a twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel (157kW/500Nm) to a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol (292kW/583Nm), ute fanatics have been salivating about the performance possibilities.

How much horsepower does the V6 twin-turbo Raptor have? ›

It wears extra-wide fenders, long-travel suspension, big tires, and the high-performance demeanor of a Baja-bashing race truck. It even earned a place on our 10Best Trucks and SUVs list for 2023. Most Raptors are powered by a twin-turbo 450-hp V-6 bolted to a 10-speed automatic transmission and will remain so in 2023.

Does the Ford Ranger Raptor have a turbo? ›

Ford Ranger Raptor key specifications

Power in the new Ranger Raptor comes from a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 making 292kW and 583Nm, sent to all four wheels through a full-time four-wheel drive system and 10-speed automatic.

How much will the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor cost? ›

The price of the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor will go up from $85,490 to $86,790 plus on-road costs – an increase of $1300 – from early next year. Metallic paint will also increase from $675 to $700 amid record demand for Ford's high-performance pick-up.

Will the 2023 Ford Ranger have a V6? ›

Engines. The 2023 Ford Ranger is available with a choice of four different turbocharged powertrains ranging from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel to a fire-breathing 3.0-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo petrol V6.

Do they make a V6 Raptor? ›

The second-generation Ranger Raptor was unveiled in February 2022. It is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 petrol engine rated at 392 hp (292 kW; 397 PS) and paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The second-generation Ranger Raptor will be sold in the United States and Canada starting in 2023.

Is a twin-turbo V6 stronger than a V8? ›

Trucks and SUVs

Its 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 generates 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. As for towing, the V6 outshines the V8 in the above example. The V6 can tug up to 14,000 pounds, while the V8's maximum towing capacity is 13,000 pounds.

How much HP does a V6 twin-turbo make? ›

300 OR 400 HORSEPOWER

Our 3.0-litre Twin Turbo V6 is available in 300 and 400 horsepower. With advanced turbo technologies, it delivers unparalleled power, torque and fuel economy for an engine its size.

What is the difference between Ford Ranger Raptor and Ford Raptor? ›

The difference between Ford Ranger and Raptor is that the Ranger is a smaller performance pickup truck, whereas, the Raptor is a larger truck. Raptor can accommodate five people, while the Ranger can only accommodate four.

Is the Raptor turbo or supercharged? ›

The heart of Raptor R is a new 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers 700 horsepower and 640 lb. -ft. of torque to give it incredible desert-running power.

What is the difference between Ranger and Ranger Raptor? ›

A standard Ranger like the Thunder has approach, breakover and departure angles of 28.7, 21.5 and 25.4 respectively. A Raptor manages 32.5 for approach and 24 for both the breakover and departure angles.

Is A Ranger Raptor worth it? ›

It's quick, comfortable and capable, and is even a bit enjoyable to punt around on the blacktop. But, of course, it's the off-road performance that is king here. Along with still being very good in low-speed off-road encounters, the Raptor is now an angry experience that demands more of the driver for high-speed stuff.

Will Ranger Raptor get a V8? ›

Ford's 5.2-liter supercharged V8 officially finds a new home under the hood of the Raptor. The 2023 F-150 Raptor R represents Ford's most powerful pickup. Ford stuffed the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 from its Mustang Shelby GT500 under the hood and retuned it to make 700 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque.

What is the top speed of Ford Ranger Raptor? ›

If you're looking for outright speed, then the Raptor isn't really in the game. Zero to 62mph takes 7.9 seconds, top speed is a pickup-appropriate 111mph.

What engines will the 2023 Ford Ranger have? ›

Engine | 2023 Ford Ranger

The 2023 Ford Ranger comes with a 2.3L turbo-four. In some foreign regions, a turbodiesel option is available, but it doesn't look like it will come to the U.S. If you want a 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor, expect a 3.0L V6 engine.

Will the 2023 Ford Raptor have a V8? ›

Ford's Raptor R gives the Raptor a brutal V8 exhaust note and loads of power. Ford's Raptor R returns the V8 to the Raptor lineup with a variant of the 5.2-liter supercharged mill from the Mustang Shelby GT500.

How long will it take to get a 2023 Ford Ranger? ›

The next-generation 2023 Ford Ranger possesses a brand-new design and is expected to arrive at Brandon Ford in the Fourth Quarter of 2022. When it arrives at dealerships, the 2023 Ford Ranger is expected to be available in Extended Cab and SuperCrew Cab body styles with 6-foot and 5-foot bed length options.

Is the V6 Raptor fast? ›

To achieve such eye-popping speeds, Ford equipped it with an efficient and robust 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. With this under the hood, the Raptor produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the Raptor is one of the fastest stock trucks on the market today.

What is better for a V6 turbo or supercharger? ›

For those looking to balance performance with fuel economy and efficiency, turbocharging is the better choice. For those more interested in a straightforward solution to raw horsepower, supercharging is more likely the way to go.

What is better V6 EcoBoost or V8? ›

A quick F-150 5.0 V8 vs. 3.5L V6 towing comparison answers that question. The High-Output EcoBoost V6 can tow up to 11,000 pounds and haul up to 1,520 pounds of payload. In comparison, the V8 engine tows slightly less at 10,600 pounds but features a much larger payload rating of 3,270 pounds.

Which is more reliable V6 or V8? ›

Lastly, V6 engines can provide more stability and better handling than their V8 counterparts. V8 engines typically offer better power and acceleration. That's why V8 engines are claimed to be fit for most muscle cars. If you mainly use your vehicle for hauling and towing, they can provide a lot of stable power for you.

Is a V6 faster than a 4 cylinder turbo? ›

A V6 engine can produce low RPM torque and power better than a turbocharged four-cylinder, because more air enters the pistons, which creates even bigger explosions.

Does twin-turbo give you more horsepower? ›

A twin-turbocharger works by using two turbochargers of the same size to force air into the engine's cylinders to add extra horsepower.

Does twin-turbo make a car faster? ›

A twin-turbo engine means two turbochargers aimed at optimal work with air compression. A twin-turbo setup also provides for the reduction of the lag. It helps produce power faster using 4 cylinders, while a single turbo requires all 8 cylinders for an optimal boost.

Does 3.5 EcoBoost require premium fuel? ›

For best overall vehicle and engine performance, premium fuel with an octane rating of 91 or higher is recommended.

Is twin turbo 4 cylinder better than a V6? ›

Modern turbocharged four-cylinder engines, when engineered properly, will either beat or match a naturally aspirated V6 in almost every category. Turbo-fours are lighter, more efficient, and can be more powerful than a naturally aspirated V6.

Which is better 2.7 or 3.5 EcoBoost? ›

The 3.5L EcoBoost engine delivers power and torque on more performance-driven vehicles like the GT, or any F-150 trim for enhanced towing ability (the 3.5L engine is standard on the Limited trim). If fuel efficiency is what you're after, the 2.7L option delivers impressive numbers.

What makes a Raptor better than a f150? ›

The Raptor features a high-output version of the Ecoboost V6 engine that some F-150s have; this version makes an impressive 450 horsepower. The rest of the powertrain is comprised of a paddle-shifted 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

Which is better TRX or Raptor? ›

The 2022 Ram 1500 TRX just beats the Raptor R in terms of power on paper, with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine pushing out 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

Where is Ford Ranger Raptor manufactured? ›

Ford Australia has today supplied photos of a handful of 2023 Ford Ranger Raptors on the Thailand production line, and released a behind-the-scenes video for the Thai market where the vehicle is made.

How many turbos does a Raptor have? ›

The twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

Is the 2023 Ford Raptor supercharged? ›

HIGHS: Towering off-road performance, righteous V-8 sounds, quicker than a TRX. For Raptor duty, Ford's supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 gets a truck tune that fattens up the torque curve, delivering 640 lb-ft at 4250 rpm.

Is the Raptor faster than an f150? ›

In particular, it's cool that the F-150 Hybrid is pretty fast, but less cool that the Raptor can't outrun it. Here are all the details from our test track.

What is the most powerful Ford Ranger? ›

Introducing Pure Exhilaration. The Next-Generation Ford Ranger Raptor is the most powerful Ranger we've ever built.

How much can the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor tow? ›

Towing Capacity | 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

We know that the 2023 Ford Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds.

Which Ranger is best for towing? ›

There is no doubt that the new 2022 Ford Ranger Wildtrak V6 is not only well provisioned out of the box for towing, but also gets on with the job of hauling a heavy trailer very well.

Is the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor diesel? ›

2023 Ford Ranger Raptor: 5000 orders placed, no diesel model planned.

Is the Ranger Raptor comfortable? ›

Better than that though, the interior has been re-thought to make it a luxurious and super-comfortable place to spend time, it can cruise down a motorway with the best of them - even on the all-terrain standard-fit tyres - and there's a generous spec.

Are Raptor trucks reliable? ›

The used Ford Raptor, especially from the last few years, is quite reliable and comes with many of the same features as the latest lineup. The 2019 Ford Raptor reliability ratings hit 4.5 out of 5, according to J.D. Power, which is just exceptional.

What engine will the Ranger Raptor have? ›

Built to dominate the trail and compete with the Chevy Colorado ZR2 and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is powered by a 3.0-liter Twin-Turbo EcoBoost® V-6 engine with a graphite-iron cylinder block that is married to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Can you get a Ford Ranger with a 6 cylinder engine? ›

Two different engines are offered on the Ranger. A 2.3L 4-cylinder engine that makes 143 horsepower and 154 pounds-feet of torque is standard for the base XL and XLT Regular Cab and 2-door Super Cab. A 4.0L V6 engine making 207 horsepower and 238 pounds-feet of torque is also available.

Did Ford ever put a v8 in the Ranger? ›

Given how basic the Ranger's body-on-frame chassis was at the time (and, well, for all time), it wasn't hard for Ford engineers to stuff a 5.0L V8 under the hood and link it up to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Why is the Ford Raptor so special? ›

The Ford F-150 Raptor is a SCORE off-road trophy truck living in an asphalt world. It wears extra-wide fenders, long-travel suspension, big tires, and the high-performance demeanor of a Baja-bashing race truck. It even earned a place on our 10Best Trucks and SUVs list for 2023.

How much is a Raptor 2023 Ranger? ›

There is only one model in the Ford Ranger Raptor launch line-up, starting from $85,490 plus on-road costs (though the price rises by $1300 to $86,790 plus on-road costs from March 2023 production onwards).

Does the Ford Ranger have twin turbos? ›

Highly-anticipated V6 diesel examples of the 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak are expected to be a few weeks behind the initial shipment of models powered by the familiar twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.

Is Ford Ranger twin-turbo? ›

Luckily it seems Ford Performance was listening, because the new Raptor (based on the next generation Ranger unveiled late last year) will have a twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 at its heart.

Is the Ford Ranger EcoBoost twin-turbo? ›

Just as we've guessed, the all-new Raptor is now powered by a 3.0-litre EcoBoost twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine, with 288 hp and 491 Nm of torque on tap – although several outlets reported that the US version will actually come with 397 hp and 583 Nm.

Is Ford Ranger turbo reliable? ›

The 2023 Ford Ranger has a predicted reliability score of 86 out of 100.

Which engine is better in Ford Ranger? ›

Which Ford Ranger engine is best? For outright power, no other engine is going to come close to the 292kW/583Nm outputs of the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine. For better fuel economy, buyers can opt for the 7.2L/100km of the 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine.

What Ford truck has twin-turbo? ›

The Ford F-150® pickup is our ultimate work hard – play hard – truck. Whether you're a heavy hauler or off-road adventurer, there's a powerfully capable engine to back you up. From the grunt-worthy 400 horse 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 to the F-150® Raptor® terrain-shredding monstrous twin-turbo 3.5L 450 horsepower beast.

Does the 2022 Ford Ranger have twin turbos? ›

2022 Ford Ranger Wildtrak adds (over Sport):

Option of 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 (standard 2.0-litre bi-turbo) Dual-cab pick-up body and 4x4 as standard.

Why is the EcoBoost engine so powerful? ›

The EcoBoost system works through the clever application of a turbocharger and direct-injection system. The turbocharger forces more air into the engine than it would normally receive, and the added air and fuel makes the engine more powerful.

How much HP does a twin-turbo EcoBoost have? ›

But the real buzz is being created by the much more interesting 365-hp 3.5-liter Ti-VCT twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is specially tuned for a truck application and incorporates turbocharging and direct fuel injection for an impressive claim of 420 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm.

Are EcoBoost engines powerful? ›

All EcoBoost engines are equipped with a turbocharger, which helps to achieve the same horsepower as a conventional engine but with less displacement. So while the engine may be smaller, it is actually more powerful than a conventional internal combustion engine.

What is better Ram TRX or Raptor? ›

The 2022 Ram 1500 TRX just beats the Raptor R in terms of power on paper, with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine pushing out 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

Will the 2023 Raptor have a V8? ›

Ford's Raptor R gives the Raptor a brutal V8 exhaust note and loads of power. Ford's Raptor R returns the V8 to the Raptor lineup with a variant of the 5.2-liter supercharged mill from the Mustang Shelby GT500.

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