The F-150 inspired Hardcore version of the new pickup gets a fresh look and substantial power boost
Ford’s Ranger Raptor pickup has been upgraded to a 3.0-litre petrol engine and has undergone a major redesign inspired by the F-150 Raptor.
This will be the fourth-generation Ranger’s first European version, and deliveries are expected to begin in the late summer. The standard truck will be revealed in 2021 and will follow at the end of the year.
The 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 produces 284bhp (a 74bhp increase) and 362lb ft. Ford has not yet revealed performance figures for the Raptor, but it is expected that the new Raptor will comfortably surpass the old version. The previous Raptor took 10.1 seconds to reach 62mph at rest. The Raptor will still be equipped with the 2.0-litre diesel engine. This will happen in 2023.
The Ford GT supercar’s anti-lag system is race-bred. It keeps the turbos spinning for 3 seconds after liftoff. This allows the driver to rev the engine sooner after turning a corner. To give the best acceleration curve, the turbos can be programmed to spin at different times in each one of the 10 automatic gearbox ratios.
Justin Capicchiano, Ford Performance programme manager, told Autocar that it was an engrossing and absorbing experience. It’s a powerful twin-turbo petrol V6. It makes a tremendous noise, we spent a lot time in the sound laboratory – and it has the performance to match it now. It has the looks, bark, and bite. This one is a real pride of place.
Like the Raptor before it, the modifications to the standard Ranger range far beyond the powertrain. To improve off-road performance, durability and performance, the chassis has been extensively revised with new mounts, reinforcements, and extended-travel suspension with lower friction 2.5in live-valve Fox dampers. There is also a 2.3mm thick steel bash plate, which is twice as large as the standard Ranger’s.
The Raptor gets an electronic controlled two-speed transmission case, a locking differential at front and rear, and seven driving modes. Three for road use and four for rough terrain.
These visual enhancements include a custom grille with huge badging, flared arches, 17in alloy wheels wrapped with chunky all-terrain tires and a variety of aero-enhancing styling cues. The Raptor’s interior features include “jet fighter-inspired”,”‘ seats, orange trim accents, stitching, and magnesium paddle shifters.
Capicchiano said that the best way to explain the evolution is to think of the truck now as the ST version, with the new truck moving towards the RS. It is a significant improvement in performance and character.