Ford unleashes the beast: 292kW Ranger Raptor unveiled
Ford has rolled out the covers for the hot Raptor version of the upcoming Ranger ute, an off-road beast that now packs a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine straight out of America’s Bronco Raptor that produces nearly double the current Ranger Raptor. Power.
Yes, you read that right – Ford has responded to criticism that the latest Raptor’s engine wasn’t powerful enough (the 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel produced 157kW) by switching to the gasoline V6 with an output “up to at” 292 kW, with a high torque of 583 Nm for driving too.
This essentially puts the Ranger Raptor in a class of its own when it comes to “performance utility” (at least for now), which Dave Burn, Ford Performance Program Chief Engineer for Ranger Raptor, acknowledges.
“We’ve been really focused on delivering a true performance truck with the Next-Gen Ranger Raptor,” he said during an online launch event. “It’s noticeably faster, looks amazing, is packed with new features and is the toughest ‘Built Ford Tough’ Ranger we’ve ever made.”
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The 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbo engine features a cylinder block made from compacted graphite iron, which Ford claims is about 75 percent stronger and up to 75 percent stiffer than iron used in castings traditional engines, while the Raptor’s anti-lag system – used only in Baja mode – keeps the turbos spinning for up to three seconds after the driver releases the throttle, allowing for quicker acceleration recovery out of corner or between gears when the driver steps back on the accelerator.
“The 3.0-liter brings a different dynamic to the Ranger Raptor that will satisfy even the most hardcore performance enthusiasts,” Burn said. “The raw acceleration and performance of the new powertrain has you grinning from ear to ear.”
In some markets, the existing 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel will remain available in the Raptor, although Ford has yet to announce market-specific details regarding the Ranger.
The V6 is hooked up to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission and a new electronically controlled active-valve exhaust system that amplifies engine bellows in four selectable drive modes (quiet, normal, sport and baja), while that drivers can also choose their favorite engine sound by pressing a button on the steering wheel.
Much like the Mustang, Ford offers “Quiet” mode so you don’t need to disturb your neighbors when you turn it on in the morning, while Baja mode opts for a full antisocial bellows that Ford says is ” intended for off-road use only”.
The Raptor also gets an all-new unique look with the bold FORD grille exclusive to the Raptor, as well as huge wheel arch flares to accommodate a wider track and the muscular 17-inch wheels that carry BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires. . Functional vents, aerodynamic features and a new cast aluminum side step design complete the rugged exterior appearance.
Inside, the Raptor improves on technology and luxury over the current model with “fighter jet-inspired” sports seats (yeah, they’ve been there…) front and rear, orange accents on the dash, trim and seats, as well as ambient lighting and a sport leather steering wheel with cast magnesium paddle shifters.
A high-resolution 12.4-inch digital cluster and 12-inch central touchscreen incorporating Ford’s latest Sync 4 infotainment system dominate the dashboard, accompanied by a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
More importantly, the new Raptor has a modified chassis from the future new Ranger it is based on, with a series of unique brackets and reinforcements designed for things like the C-pillar, cargo box and rear wheel. rescue. Unique frames for the bumper, shock tower, and rear shock mount combine to ensure the Raptor can handle “punishing off-road conditions.”
The current Raptor is an absolute king of Sweet Jumps, and the new one promises to be no different in that regard, with a completely redesigned suspension setup that includes all-new lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms, long front travel and back. suspension and coilover rear suspension fitted with a refined Watt link which Ford says has been designed to provide more control over rough terrain.
“The new Ranger Raptor suspension upgrades make the most of the new Fox Live Valve shocks. The suspension adapts in real time to allow for exceptional body control on the road while absorbing larger undulations and ruts off-road, ensuring maximum control and performance,” said Burn.
Ford claims the 2.5-inch Fox live-valve internal bypass shocks are “the most sophisticated ever on Ranger” and are filled with Teflon-infused oil that reduces friction by about 50% compared to those on the Previous Raptor. While the suspension hardware comes from Fox, the tuning and development work was done by Ford Performance using a mix of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and real-world testing.
The internal line valve bypass system is linked to the Raptor’s seven selectable ride modes and was developed to provide better on-road comfort and off-road ride quality at all speeds.
As well as working with the ride modes, the system works behind the scenes to prepare the Ranger Raptor for different conditions – as the shocks compress, different areas of the bypass system give exactly the amount of support needed for the journey. used and work in reverse when the shocks rebound at full height.
The Raptor also offers serious underbody protection in the form of a 2.3mm thick high-tensile steel front skid plate, which is almost double the size of the standard Ranger skid plate. A lower engine guard and transfer case guard also provide protection for key components such as the radiator, steering system, front crossmember, crankcase and front differential.
The Raptor also now benefits from an advanced permanent all-wheel drive system with an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case, combined with front and rear locking differentials.
The seven selectable drive modes adjust a number of engine and transmission elements from ABS sensitivity and calibration, traction and stability controls, exhaust valve actuation, steering and throttle response.
Modes include three on-road settings and four off-road settings, with ‘Normal’ being designed for comfort, fuel efficiency and handling, while ‘Sport’ is more responsive for sporty on-road driving, with ‘Slippery’ being for more confident driving on slippery or uneven surfaces.
Off-road modes include ‘Rock Crawl’, which provides optimal traction and momentum on loose surfaces, ‘Sand’ which is intended for use in soft sand and deep snow conditions, maximizing power delivery and drivetrain changes, ‘ Mud/Ruts’ for maximum off-road grip during launch and maintain vehicle momentum, and finally ‘Baja’ mode which is tuned for ‘high-speed off-road performance with all systems tuned for maximum attack “.
No price or specific launch schedule has yet been announced, but Ford expects to see the Raptor land here in the second half of this year. And we wouldn’t expect it to be cheap either.