The pickup truck segment is experiencing another successful year. Car manufacturers clearly have no intention of slowing down with updates and innovations in this segment – much to our delight. Some of the new (and upcoming) pickups look extremely well put together and are so attractive that anyone would want to own one, fan or not.
naturally, Ford is one of the leaders in the world of pickups, and therefore this brand offers customers a wide and first-class selection of vehicles. The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is currently making a lot of headlines as it is now officially known that the North American market will receive it before the end of the year. This amazing all-new pickup truck was originally reserved for Australia and parts of Europe, but since it was also planning to make its way to the US, we’re starting to get impatient.
Ford has used the Raptor nameplate for high-performance pickups and SUVs since 2010. To be more specific, the Raptor has always sought to be the best version of the F-150, Ranger and Bronco. For 2023, it looks like Ford has gone one step further in achieving that goal, as this pickup truck packs some serious specs and we can’t wait to drive it.
Here’s a look at everything we care about about the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor and its arrival in the US market.
We expect the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor to blow us away with its handling and driving experience
The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor sold to European customers offers a 3-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine. Tuned by Ford Performance, this engine produces 392 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, delivering consistent power without lag. It should also be stronger than the traditional versions with a graphite cast iron cylinder block, which is especially useful for off-road adventures.
Ford has actually installed a new anti-lag system in its new Raptor, which allows for faster acceleration straight out of corners. The engine is also paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission to optimize performance on different terrains. As you’ll soon see, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is primarily an off-road monster, but we actually expect it to be an excellent everyday performer as well.
What’s even more interesting is that the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor has an electronically controlled active exhaust system. You can choose the engine sound you want depending on the situation, switching between Quiet, Normal, Sport and Baja (the toughest off-road option). How cool is that? This should ensure a positive driving experience on any road and in any conditions.
The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is designed to take off-road performance to the next level
But the unique chassis and modernized suspension attract the most attention. With new mounts and reinforcements, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor provides better control over difficult terrain. In fact, this pickup features new hardware provided by Fox and developed by Ford Performance that provides perfect balance, control, stability and off-road comfort through a series of adjustments (such as spring rates, ride height, etc.).
Strong underbody protection also makes the Raptor more capable of handling rough terrain. You can take your pickup on the toughest adventures and not worry about the radiator, steering system, front differential or any other key components. It makes a big difference in the overall travel experience.
Of course, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is also equipped with an all-wheel drive system that provides exceptional performance on both smooth and “bumpy” roads. In principle, drivers should drive in the mud and in the city with the same level of effort. Along with the powerful Baja mode, Trail Control improves off-road performance by automatically accelerating and braking to match the terrain.
So, how can we not be thrilled with such a powerfully equipped pickup that can drive over dirt and rocks with supreme precision and comfort? Wait till you see the interior – this is another big plus in our history.
An all-new innovative design makes the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor a bold and powerful pickup truck
As expected, the exterior of the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is strong and powerful. The appearance is complemented by extended wheel arches, C-shaped headlights and huge inscriptions on the radiator grille – all this is typical for a powerful SUV. The Raptor even features predictive cornering lights, glare-free high beams and automatic dynamic leveling to improve visibility for both drivers and other road users.
The same level of rugged beauty is present in the interior of the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor. The cabin of this pickup truck looks ready for tough tasks while providing comfort. Thanks to large seats with high support, all passengers are guaranteed a pleasant drive. Ambient lighting, premium leather materials, a heated steering wheel and other optional features round out the Raptor.
When it comes to technology, the 2023 Ranger Raptor offers everything from a 12.4-inch digital cluster and 12-inch center touchscreen to a host of entertainment and safety features. We can’t wait for the pickup to arrive in the US so we can test all these exciting features and give you more information on how they work in real time. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long.