In 2010, Ford introduced its F-150 Raptor, launching a long line of now legendary high-performance turnkey off-road vehicles. And after recently removing the cover from its very first Bronco Raptor, the Blue Oval has now unveiled the latest addition to the Raptor family with the all-new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor.
Based on the next-generation Ranger platform, the latest addition to the Raptor lineup featured Ford Performance-developed FOX 2.5-inch Live Valve Internal Bypass Shocks with FOX Bottom-Out Control. Other off-road-focused upgrades include a full-length 2.3mm high-strength steel skid plate, dual-rated front and rear tow hooks, flared fenders that now accommodate the pickup’s 17-inch alloy wheels, a grille design with “FORD” script (à la F-150 Raptor), LED taillights and C-clamp headlamp configuration with Matrix LED beams, -custom front and rear shocks designed to maximize approach, departure and crossing angles, grippy cast aluminum side steps, a myriad of functional vents and scoops, and a proprietary electronically controlled active exhaust system to its class with four different modes.
At the heart of the Ranger Raptor is an all-new, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that has been tuned by Ford Performance to generate 285 hp and 362 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the V6 also sports a compacted graphite cast iron cylinder block and an advanced anti-lag setup similar to the systems used on Ford’s GT and Focus ST models. As well as an all-new electronically controlled two-speed transfer case and front and rear locking differentials, the Ranger Raptor also has a trio of on-road driving modes – normal, sport and slippery – plus four dedicated off-road modes – crawl, sand, mud/ruts and Baja, the latter being essentially an off-road racing mode that unleashes the full capabilities of the model. Inside, the pickup’s cabin has been treated with all-new fighter jet-inspired sport seats, Code Orange accents, mood lighting, heated sport leather steering wheel with leather shift paddles cast magnesium, a 12.4-inch all-digital cluster, a 12-inch center touchscreen and infotainment system, plus a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Scheduled to begin deliveries later this summer, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor will be exclusive to the European market – at least for now. And while the Michigan brand has yet to reveal pricing information, based on the latest F-150 Raptor-spec costing more than double that of the base model, we expect the Ranger Raptor to cost around $50,000.
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