After initial speculation to the contrary, Ford has finally confirmed that the Ranger Raptor will go on sale in the US in the 2023 model year and that the performance truck will come with plenty of power and a host of exciting features.
The Ford Ranger Raptor bills itself as the sibling of the extremely capable and highly rated Ford F-150 Raptor, which will deliver up to 700 horsepower by 2023. With an estimated sticker price of around $45,000, the Ranger Raptor may not be as expensive as its pricier F-150 rival, but then again, that wouldn’t make any sense if it did, would it?
Ford is looking to enter a new segment of the truck industry and rival the Chevy Colorado ZR2s with the all-new Ranger Raptor, offering easier access and more affordable pricing with capabilities. capabilities of the Raptor, combining a balance of healthy power and potentially impressive off-road ability.
Ranger Raptor’s power plant does the trick
Currently, the Ranger Raptor 2023 has not been fully launched yet, so there are no full details yet. That being said, though, we do know it will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, producing 392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Ford hasn’t revealed the Ranger Raptor’s 0-60 mph time, but you can expect it to be much faster than its European predecessor – 0-60 mph in just over 10 seconds, given power by a disappointing 4-cylinder engine. The engine of the new Ranger Raptor will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with individual turbo boost configurations for each transmission, essentially the same setup as the Ford Bronco Raptor.
Ranger Raptor also has a new anti-lag system that interacts when Baja mode is selected; it keeps the turbo spinning for up to three seconds after the throttle input stops, allowing acceleration to resume immediately when the driver hits the gas again. The electronically controlled exhaust system offers 4 different modes to choose from, all with unique emissions notes.
The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is built for off-roading
Besides the powerful engine, the Ranger Raptor offers plenty of Baja-style technology that makes it more adept at moving off the road and up a sketchy hill. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and locking differentials on both axles, further improved by a higher position and greater ground clearance than the regular Ranger, as well as better off-road tires.
Building on the regular Ranger, Ford has given the new Raptor a C-pillar, suspension tower, rear bumper and reinforced rear shock mount to help it withstand large amounts of tension. In terms of suspension, the Ranger Raptor comes with Ford’s all-new lightweight aluminum handlebars and long-travel suspension, supported by second-generation 2.5-inch Fox Live Valve internal shocks. the latest, adapting to the track conditions in real-time. and vehicle response for the best possible settings every time.
Most special is the advanced all-wheel-drive system of the Ranger Raptor 2023, including an electronically controlled two-speed transmission. Drivers can choose from seven different driving modes, including four dedicated off-road modes for slithering through rocks, sand, and mud, and a Baja mode that favors the Raptor for maximum off-road performance.
The all-new Ranger Raptor looks tough and badass
The exterior design of the Ranger Raptor 2023 couldn’t be more appropriate, as Ford has managed to make it look as good as it actually is. At the front, the car has Raptor’s exclusive F-O-R-D lettering on the grille, complemented by LED matrix headlights and thick high-tensile steel skid plates. On the side, the Ranger Raptor has flared fenders on 17-inch alloy wheels, active air vents and aluminum steps, and a rear end with LED taillights, Raptor badging, and sturdy bumpers.
Inside, the Ranger Raptor’s Crew Cabin layout is suitable for carrying 4 passengers comfortably and the overall build quality is good although you can expect to find hard plastic and rubber in some areas. area. Standard and optional features are plentiful, including heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel and molded magnesium gearshift paddles. The cabin also gets orange trim and mood lighting, as well as a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The center console features a vertically mounted 12-inch infotainment screen with Ford’s latest SYNC 4A infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while driving information is relayed via a 12-inch digital display. , 4-inch configurable for the driver.
In a nutshell, the all-new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is one of the most comprehensive midsize pickups to date, and clearly, every aspect of its design, chassis, and performance has been covered. Ford engineers carefully considered. We expect the Ranger Raptor to be sold in batches following its imminent release.
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