2023 Ford Ranger Raptor goes twin turbo V6
Upping the ante from the first-generation Ranger Raptor’s 210bhp diesel power, the latest version gets a 284bhp twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, an anti-lag system from the Ford GT and an active exhaust.
Ford hasn’t just chucked in a bigger engine and ferried it off to showrooms and called it a new model, instead it’s brought with it some impressive technology in the form of anti-lag. What this does is keep the turbos spooled for an extra three seconds after lifting from the throttle, therefore keeping hold of precious boost for instant performance.
Also new is an active exhaust that has four settings, one for keeping the peace, another for disturbing the peace, and two others we suspect sit somewhere in the middle. Inside you’ll find a huge 12-inch touchscreen system like in the Mustang Mach-E.
To allow drivers to continue off-road adventures including jumping their vehicles, Ford has beefed up the chassis with new aluminium control arms, upgraded Fox dampers and further reinforcement. Best of all? There’s a ‘Baja’ mode. Put simply, selecting this optimises the car for high-speed travel over rough terrain and opens up the exhaust valves. We’re not sure anyone in the UK will use this feature to its full potential, but we certainly hope so!
Ford says the new Ranger Raptor will be available in the summer of 2022.
Interior of the new Ranger Raptor has been updated
Gone is the diesel, replaced by a 284bhp twin-turbo V6