The new Ford Ranger Raptor arrives at the end of the version, equipped with a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 biturbo gasoline engine with 288 hp. The most powerful pick-up in this range has been designed to offer the best features for fans of the most extreme off-roaders. The new Ranger Raptor is also the first version of the latest generation Ranger to be released in Europe.
After the reveal of the latest generation of Ranger, the Ford has just presented the top-of-the-range version of its pick-up, which retains the Raptor name. The main novelty is the 3.0-litre V6 biturbo petrol engine, which has been prepared to offer the highest performance on and off-road.
Developed by Ford Performance in Australia, the new Ranger Raptor is even more suited to use as an off-road leisure vehicle than a typical work vehicle.
The new Ranger Raptor has inherited the bold and robust style of the new generation of the Ford Ranger, with the widened fenders and the “C” design of the headlights highlighting the width of the body in this version. The branded lettering on the grille and the imposing separate bumper provide an even more muscular look.
The lighting system includes LED matrix headlamps with LED daytime running lights, as well as predictive cornering lights, glare-free high beams and dynamic auto-levelling to ensure the best visibility for drivers and other road users.
Underneath the fenders are muscular 17-inch wheels, which mount off-road tires. Air intakes, aerodynamic lines and cast aluminum side steps help improve the pick-up’s functionality.
Ford Ranger. New generation with image inspired by the recent F150
The rear bumper, on the other hand, has been placed in an elevated position so as not to compromise the departure angle and has an integrated step, as well as the tow bar.
New V6 biturbo
The new 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, which develops a power of 288 hp and a torque of 491 Nm, contributes to even higher performance of the new Ranger Raptor, i.e. 75 hp more, but less 9 Nm, than the current 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder Ford EcoBlue biturbo diesel engine. The latter will continue to be proposed on the new Ranger Raptor, but it will only arrive in 2023, while the new V6 will be available at the end of summer 2022.
The new V6 3.0 biturbo gasoline engine features a graphite-iron compacted cylinder block that is about 75% stronger and up to 75% stiffer than a traditional cast-iron block. The new engine has been optimized by Ford engineers to provide an immediate response to throttle requests and features a competition-developed anti-inertia system, similar to that initially on the road-going Ford GT and Focus ST.
sound of choice
According to Ford, the new anti-lag system keeps the two turbos in rotation for up to three seconds, after the driver releases the accelerator when exiting corners or during gear changes, when the user presses again. The 3.0-liter V6 engine has also been programmed with an individual profile for the turbocharger response in each of the ten ratios of the automatic gearbox, originally developed for the Ford Mustang.
The new engine is prepared to ensure effortless acceleration on any type of surface: dirt, mud or sand. At the same time, Ford Performance engineers took care to develop an electronically controlled active exhaust system that amplifies the engine’s sound through four modes selectable from a driving mode.
Alternatively, it is also possible to select a driving mode that uses one of four settings: Quiet (priority to silence over performance and loudness); Normal (for everyday use, where the noise is not too loud, being applied by default in the driving modes “Normal, Slippery, Mud and Rocks); Sport (louder and more aggressive sound); Baja (direct exhaust system intended for off-road use only).
The Ranger Raptor chassis has also been prepared to offer the best off-road capabilities, highlighting the new supports and special reinforcements at critical points such as the “C pillar”, cargo box and spare wheel, as well as specific structures. for suspension limiters, suspension towers and rear shock mounts.
Suspension improvements aim to make the most of the performance of the new Fox Live Valve dampers, enabling real-time adaptation to ensure better control of the body on the road, while absorbing irregularities and ruts in off-road driving.
These Fox shocks are the most sophisticated ever in Ranger Raptor and differ from the current generation by using a technology that uses a Teflon-infused oil blend to reduce friction by about 50%. The Ford engineering team sought to further improve the performance of these Fox shocks, using tests, both computer simulations and real conditions.
The brand emphasizes that everything has been designed to obtain the best balance between comfort, control, stability and traction on and off-road, from adjusting the spring parameters to adjusting the ride height, tuning the valves and gauging the points of damping.
To protect the underside of the vehicle from severe ground impacts, the Fox Bottom-Out Control system provides maximum damping force in the last 25 percent of the shock’s travel. Likewise, the system can stiffen the rear shock absorbers to prevent the Ranger Raptor’s body from “sagging” under hard acceleration, improving vehicle stability.
The Ranger Raptor’s ability to tackle rough terrain has been reinforced with strong under-body protection measures. The front skid plate is nearly twice the size of the unit fitted as standard on the new generation Ranger, and is made from 2.3mm thick high-strength steel.
This plate, combined with the lower engine guard and transfer case guard, is designed to protect critical components such as the radiator, steering system, front crossmember, engine crankcase and front differential.
Ranger Raptor gets an advanced all-wheel drive system with a new two-speed transfer case on-demandelectronically controlled, combined with the front and rear differential locks, a feature highly appreciated by the most extreme off-road enthusiasts.
To give the new Ranger Raptor real capabilities to tackle any type of road, whether it’s tarred roads, mud or ruts – and everything in between – Ford has introduced a range of seven selectable driving modes, including Baja, oriented off-road. road, which configures the vehicle’s electronic systems for maximum driving performance off-road at high speed.
Each of the modes adjusts a number of components: engine, transmission, ABS sensitivity and calibration, traction and stability controls, exhaust valve actuation, and steering and throttle response.
Indicators, vehicle information and colors on the instrument panel and on the central touchscreen change depending on the selected driving mode. For driving on tarmac roads, three modes are available: Normal (designed for comfort and low consumption), Sport (for dynamic road driving), Slippery (driving on slippery or uneven surfaces).
Seven driving modes
For off-road driving, Ranger Raptor users can select four more modes: Rock crawl (for optimal driving control, at low speeds, on rocky or uneven terrain); Sand (optimizes gearshifts and power delivery to progress in sand and thick snow); Mud (for maximum grip when starting and keeping the vehicle moving); Baja (sets all systems to maximum performance, allowing high speeds off-road).
The new Ranger Raptor also offers Trail Control, which works like an off-road cruise control. The system only has to set a speed lower than 32 km/h and the pick-up will automatically manage acceleration and braking, leaving the driver to focus on driving in difficult terrain.
The Ranger Raptor’s cabin features specific elements such as the new front and rear sport seats, with a design inspired by fighter jets, to increase comfort and offer more support when cornering at high speeds.
Code Orange inserts on the instrument panel, upholstery and seats combine with the Ranger Raptor’s ambient lighting, which floods the interior with an amber glow.
Leather-wrapped sports steering wheel premiumwith heating, thumb rests, center marking and magnesium shift paddles complete the sporty touch.
Occupants will also benefit from the latest digital technology, including a 12.4-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 12-inch center display featuring the new generation Ford SYNC4 connectivity and entertainment system, which offers wireless compatibility with AppleCarplay and Android Auto. An eight-speaker B&O sound system ensures a perfect soundtrack for every on-road or off-road adventure.
The first units of the new Ranger Raptor will begin delivery to European customers later this summer.