Ford execs trace at Ranger Raptor with V-8 energy

When Ford unveiled the authentic Ranger Raptor in early 2018, many had been stunned that the only real powertrain on supply was a 4-cylinder diesel.

Ford went the diesel route for the reason that car was by no means supposed on the market within the U.S., however with the upcoming redesigned Ranger set to spawn a Ranger Raptor for the U.S. shortly, the powertrain choices are about to get a bit extra fascinating.

Whereas the U.S.-spec Ranger Raptor is predicted to run a twin-turbocharged V-6 in normal guise, some senior Ford executives have hinted at the potential of a V-8 choice—for a theoretical Ranger Raptor R.

In a latest interview with Carsguide, Mark Rushbook, Ford Efficiency’s motorsport international director, stated there’s so much in frequent between the inventory Ranger and the V-8-powered Bronco DR buyer race automotive unveiled by Ford final fall. The Bronco DR encompasses a 5.0-liter V-8 and 10-speed automated, and is focused to have round 400 hp.

2023 Ford Bronco DR

2023 Ford Bronco DR

“There can be so much that will switch,” Rushbook stated when requested in regards to the similarities between the Ranger and Bronco DR.

This was backed up by feedback made to Carsguide by Trevor Worthington, Ford’s vice-president of worldwide operations and packages, and a key particular person concerned within the improvement of the redesigned Ranger.

“There may be numerous that Bronco DR that’s normal Bronco, and the underpinnings of the usual Bronco and the underpinnings of the Ranger we’re simply within the technique of releasing is identical structure,” he stated.

Sadly, neither exec confirmed {that a} Ranger with a V-8 is being developed by Ford, although Worthington advised Carsguide that he needs to work on it. Even when one is developed, we would not see it within the U.S. as a consequence of competitors with the F-150 Raptor, although Ford is about to spice up efficiency of its full-size truck with the arrival of a new F-150 Raptor R shortly, which might go away room for the same Ranger Raptor R. Keep tuned.

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