This is it, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor, now fully unveiled in the public’s eye. The biggest news here is its available 392-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine, which will make this high-performance variant of the standard Ranger even more appealing to petrolheads.
And the keyword here is “available” because this engine won’t be the only one that the all-new Ranger Raptor will get. A 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel from the previous generation Ranger Raptor will still be sold, but performance numbers and other details have not yet been revealed. What we know right now is the meatier gasoline V6, which is the engine that we think the Ranger Raptor truly deserves.
That 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine produces 392 hp and 583 Nm of torque, and it’s a similar engine that’s used in the North American-exclusive Bronco Raptor. That’s a significant increase from the 2.0-liter diesel’s 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, though this will still be offered in select markets with a few performance upgrades. Mated to this engine is a 10-speed automatic, and this obviously drives all four wheels. For Europe, however, as a way to meet its ever-stricter emissions standards, their Ranger Raptor only produces 284 hp and 491 Nm of torque.
The four-wheel drive (4WD) system gets a two-speed transfer case, a proper front and rear electronic differential lock, along with seven drive modes: Normal, Sport, Slippery, Rock Crawl, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Baja. In addition, the Ranger Raptor also gets an active-valve twin-pipe exhaust system with different modes. Quiet is meant for early-morning startups, while Normal is for everyday use while still offering a bit of aural presence. Sport mode offers a louder note, while Baja is the most extreme of all these modes in terms of noise and performance.
Of course, all of this performance is nothing if the truck itself can’t handle all that power. The heavy-duty suspension now offers increased travel to 290 mm at the front and 250 mm at the rear. This also comes with new aluminum upper and lower control arms, a set of new Ford Performance-tuned 2.5-inch Fox Live Valve Shocks which has 50 percent reduced friction compared to the previous generation model, and a re-engineered Watt’s Link rear suspension. Lastly, the all-new Ranger Raptor comes with a system called Trail Control System. It’s basically adaptive cruise control for off-roading, and at up to 32 kph, drivers can set the desired speed and all they have to do is manage the steering.
And then in terms of looks, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor the brand’s signature F-O-R-D grille is prominently displayed upfront, and then this is flanked by a pair of C-shaped adaptive matrix LED headlights. The wheel arches are also much more prominently flared in order to accommodate its wider track. Its 17-inch wheels are wrapped in 32-inch all-terrain tires, which contributes to its (still unspecified) increased ground clearance.
Serving as protection to its underbody is its unique bumpers with skid plates and a larger front bash plate that’s made out of 2.3-inch thick high-strength steel. The hood scoop, Raptor stickers, and aluminum side steps are indicators that you’re looking at the most potent midsize pickup on the market right now.
Upgrades were also made to the interior of the all-new Ranger Raptor to make things even more special. Offered as standard is a 12-inch portrait touch screen running Ford’s latest SYNC4 infotainment system, while sounds are played through a 10-speaker B&O sound system. There’s also a 12.4-inch digital gauge cluster, along with the obligatory red trimmings to make the interior much more sporty. Topping it all off are sports seats and a sports steering wheel.
Considering that the Philippines is one of the largest markets globally for the Ranger Raptor, expect Ford Philippines to bring this vehicle in the soonest possible time, probably around Q4 2022 or Q1 2023.