After early speculation to the contrary, Ford has finally confirmed that the Ranger Raptor will go on sale in the United States for the 2023 model year, and this heavy-duty truck will be packed with plenty of power and plenty of attractive features.
The Ranger Raptor presents itself as the younger brother of the incredibly competent and well-known Ford F-150 Raptor, which will have as much as 700 horsepower in 2023. With a suggested price of around $45,000, the Ranger Raptor may not be as extreme as its pricier F-150 counterpart, but then again, it wouldn’t make much sense if it were, would it?
Ford is looking to dive into a new segment of the truck industry and compete with the Chevy Colorado ZR2 with the all-new Ranger Raptor, offering easier and more affordable access to the Raptor’s capabilities, which is a balanced blend of healthy power. and impressive off-road potential.
The Ranger Raptor powerplant meets the requirements
The 2023 Ranger Raptor is not yet fully released at this time, and as a result not all details are available. That being said, however, we do know that it will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that produces 392 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Ford hasn’t released the Ranger Raptor’s 0-60 mph time, but expect it to be much faster than its European predecessor, which sprinted from 0-60 mph in 10 seconds thanks to its powerful 4-cylinder engine. The new Ranger Raptor’s engine will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with individual turbo boost profiles for each gear, which is basically the exact same configuration as the Ford Bronco Raptor.
The Ranger Raptor also has a new anti-lag system that kicks in when Baja mode is selected; it keeps the turbos spinning for three seconds after the throttle is cut off, allowing boost to be instantly restored as soon as the driver hits the gas again. The electronically controlled exhaust system provides 4 different modes to choose from, each with a unique exhaust note.
The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is built for off-roading
In addition to its powerful engine, the Ranger Raptor also offers plenty of Baja-style technology that makes it more than capable of going off-pavement and up a rough hill. It comes standard with four-wheel drive and locking differentials on both axles, which is further enhanced by a higher seating position and more ground clearance than the regular Ranger, along with stiffer off-road tires.
Based on the regular Ranger, Ford treated the new Raptor to a reinforced center strut, shock mount, cracked bumper and rear shock mount to help it handle the massive loads. On the suspension front, the Ranger Raptor features Ford’s all-new lightweight aluminum control arms and long-travel suspension, complemented by the latest generation of Fox Live Valve 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks that adapt to track and vehicle conditions in real time. reactions for the best possible settings at all times.
Best of all is the 2023 Ranger Raptor’s advanced all-wheel drive system with an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case. Drivers can choose from 7 different driving modes, including 4 dedicated off-road modes for rock, sand, dirt and Baja mode, which prepares the Raptor for maximum off-road performance.
The all-new Ranger Raptor looks tough and mean
The exterior design of the 2023 Ranger Raptor couldn’t be more fitting, as Ford has managed to make it look as powerful as it really is. Up front, it features Raptor-exclusive FORD lettering on the grille, complemented by wrap-around matrix LED headlights and a thick, high-tensile steel front plate. On the side, the Ranger Raptor boasts flared fenders above 17-inch alloy wheels, along with functional air vents and aluminum side steps, while the rear is finished off with LED taillights, Raptor badging and a rugged bumper.
Inside, the Ranger Raptor’s cabin is suitable for carrying 4 passengers in comfort, and overall build quality is good, even if you’d expect hard plastic and rubber in some places. Standard and optional features abound, including heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sport leather steering wheel and magnesium paddle shifters. The cabin is also decorated with orange trim and interior background lighting, as well as a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The center console features a 12-inch vertical infotainment screen with Ford’s latest SYNC 4A entertainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while driving information is delivered via a 12.4-inch customizable digital driver display.
In conclusion, the all-new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is one of the most complete mid-size pickups available today, and it’s clear that every aspect of its design, chassis, and performance has been carefully considered by Ford engineers. We strongly expect the Ranger Raptor to sell in droves upon its inevitable release.