A few extra ponies can make a big difference.
The reborn Ford Ranger has so far been a huge success for the automaker. Through October, for example, US sales reached 26,211 units, representing a gain on its most direct competitors, the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. Next year is predicted to be an even better year for Ford's mid-size pickup truck. For now, it's available in the US with only one engine, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. It develops a healthy 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is also standard, though buyers can select from either 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains.
Aside from extended and crew cab body styles, customers can choose trim levels and other features according to their liking and budget. Unfortunately, Ford has not yet announced plans for a US-spec Ranger Raptor.
For those still looking for more power, however, there are solutions and one of them comes from Roush Performance. The American tuner, no stranger to tuning Fords, has just revealed its 2019-2020 Ranger performance pack 1, which has been engineered for more power and performance throughout the RPM range. Best of all, it's an easy-to-install kit. It provides a power increase of 14 hp and 53 lb-ft over the stock offering as well as improved airflow with reduced intake restriction. The washable and reusable performance air filter does not require oiling.
The rather simple kit includes just two elements: a cold air induction kit and a performance engine calibration. Tested in both the lab and on the road, the engine modifications function best when using 93 octane gasoline. Paying more for more premium fuel has its advantages.
Roush says Ranger owners can easily install the kit at home in about an hour's time with basic tools. The price for 284 hp and 363 lb-ft? Just $935. The kit also comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited Roush powertrain warranty. Until Ford offers its own Ranger power upgrade or another more powerful engine option, this is probably one of the cheapest and fastest ways to make it happen.