2023 Ford Ranger Raptor First Look


2023 Ford Ranger Raptor First Look

Ever since the current-generation Ford Ranger landed on these shores—finally—a few years back, we’ve been looking abroad with some envy at the Ranger Raptor offered globally with swollen fenders, big ground clearance, and a twin-turbocharged diesel engine with a stinking 369 lb-ft of torque. Anyone holding out hope for that particular Ranger Raptor, we’re sorry—it’s not coming, and it never will. But there’s great news for you: The next one is. The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor isn’t only better than that old truck, but it’s also coming to America. And wait until you get a load of its specs.

For one, that 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 diesel is gone, and in its place is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 worked over by Ford Performance. In Europe, the truck will belt out 284 horsepower and 362 lb-ft of twist—impressive, sure. But hold your ponies: Australia’s version makes a whopping 392 hp and 430 lb-ft. And that’s likely the version we will get here in the States—though Ford isn’t talking U.S. specs just yet. This performance engine features an anti-lag system similar to what is fitted to the Euro-market Focus ST. Power is channeled through Ford’s familiar 10-speed automatic and a full-time four-wheel-drive system that features a two-speed transfer case.  

The article from Motor Trend goes more in depth