We finally have some proof.
The Ford Ranger is cool, but not quite cool enough. See, we've been wanting a Ranger Raptor for some time, but we've also been quite specific in that we want one with a monstrous V8. We always knew this would be unlikely, but last month it was suggested that there would at least be different engines on offer, depending on where in the world you are. Now, this has been confirmed thanks to CarExpert in Australia. This means that the US will be getting a turbocharged V6 engine, and although it's not exactly what we wanted, it's still an exciting prospect.
A leaked screenshot from Ford has confirmed that the next Ranger Raptor, which will be offered in the States, will get a Nano 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 turbo, while Australian buyers will get a choice between a 2.0-liter turbodiesel and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. However, like the big daddy F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor will get Fox Racing shocks with live valve technology - regardless of which continent it is sold on. Meanwhile, the hotly anticipated Ford Bronco will also get a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine, but this will be an option. Interestingly, reports suggest that there may even be a Raptor version of the Bronco that gets this engine as standard.
So what about output? Well, the Ranger Raptor won't be slow. The engine is expected to produce an impressive 325 horsepower with 400 lb-ft of torque, all of which will be managed by Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission. Naturally, the output will be distributed among all four wheels at all times, and a low-range mode will enhance crawling and climbing ability. This may be a surprise to some, as the current model has a switchable all-wheel-drive system, but the screenshots above clearly show that the new Ranger Raptor will be a much different model than the current version. We look forward to seeing just how different and if the changes have been worthwhile.