Here's Your First Look At The US-Spec Ford Ranger Raptor

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With (hopefully) way more power than the UK version.

Thanks to a user on the Ranger6G forum, Ford's all-new Ranger Raptor was recently spotted on the production line at Ford's Michigan assembly plant, giving us a first look at the vehicle in US specification.

In past months we've learned about the Ranger Raptor's gas mileage figures, and order banks have been open for this exciting new truck since May 2022, but this is the first full view of the US-spec go-faster Ranger.

The images show a truck clad in Cactus Gray, and it looks like the same truck sold in Europe and elsewhere, but it wears orange reflectors on the front fenders. The third brake light now sits on top of the cab instead of on the tailgate. The rear of the cab also features a small sliding window.
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The highly anticipated Ford Ranger Raptor and the all-new Ranger it's based on are already available in international markets such as Australia, Europe, Thailand, and South Africa. Still, American fans have had to wait just a little longer for the car to arrive on local dealership floors.

We've known for a while that Americans would have to wait a bit longer for the Ranger and Ranger Raptor. Ford confirmed that production would start in July, so the model you see here is likely a pre-production model made to test the new assembly line.

The interior of the new Ranger Raptor features sporty accents such as red inserts around the air vents and red stitching on critical touchpoints, including the seats, dashboard, and gear shifter.

The Ranger Raptor only produces 288 horsepower in Europe due to strict emissions laws. Still, the American truck should have around the same power outputs as the Bronco Raptor, which makes 392 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque.

We're just happy that we're finally getting access to the Ranger Raptor, as the first-generation model was widely lauded for its off-road ability. CarBuzz was fortunate enough to spend time with the first-gen Ranger Raptor on several occasions. We're especially glad Ford ditched the weedy 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-pot diesel (roughly 200 horses) for a proper gas engine.

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