Exposed! Ford Ranger Raptor Secret Project


Leave it to the Aussies to be this crazy.

Perhaps the only major disappointment with the reborn Ford Ranger is the fact there's no Ranger Raptor variant. Well, it does exist, only not in America. Overseas markets such as Australia have the Thailand-built Ranger Raptor, which comes powered by a four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine with 210 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, that engine has not been tested (nor are there plans to do so) for North American emissions standards. Does this mean no Ranger Raptor for us?

According to Australia's Which Car, Ford is secretly preparing a high-performance Raptor powered by the familiar 5.0-liter V8 straight from the Mustang GT.


The report, which does not cite any specific sources, further claims this project is being handled only by Ford Australia's engineering team. In other words, it's not a global project but rather a local effort. In fact, the project is being farmed out to a local "external engineering firm." Supposedly, the donor Ranger Raptors being experimented on are production-spec units imported to Australia like normal, but their oil burner engines are being ripped out.

Ford also builds left-hand drive Mustangs specifically for Australia and the UK, hence the easy access to the V8. Whether this whole experiment remains just that or an Australia-only vehicle remains to be seen. The good news is quite obvious: this V8 is legal in the US.

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Finding a way to shoehorn it into the Ranger's engine bay is probably possible, but two questions remain: will Ford greenlight production and, if so, sell it outside of Australia? Fingers crossed both will happen. Who wouldn't want a Ranger with upwards of 460 hp and 420 lb-ft?

For now, the US-spec Ford Ranger is available with only one engine: the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard for all trims.


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