Ford could also be giving the Ranger extra firepower.
In Australia, the place the Ranger was initially developed, the pickup is obtainable in an off-road efficiency model known as the Raptor that’s much like the F-150 Raptor bought within the U.S., simply on a smaller scale. That features the engine, which is a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel, reasonably than a twin-turbo V6.
However WhichCar stories that Ford has secretly employed an outdoor engineering agency to determine tips on how to swap the four-cylinder for Mustang‘s 5.0-liter V8, which might greater than double its horsepower to 460 horsepower. That’s additionally 190 horsepower greater than the U.S. model of the Ranger, which is just out there with a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine.
The contractor hasn’t been uncovered, however Ford at present affords a 700-horsepower Mustang R-Spec in Australia that is a collaboration with Herrod Performance and has labored with smaller outfits on a number of particular version fashions over time. Sadly, even when it involves fruition, the midsize muscle truck received’t be supplied within the U.S., as a result of the model bought right here has been considerably re-engineered to satisfy native security requirements and shopper preferences.
Nonetheless, an all-new Ranger is expected to debut in the U.S. in 2022, and a Raptor model is predicted to be added to the mannequin combine, however we’ll have to attend till then to see what’s beneath the hood.