Ford Ranger Raptor Revealed With 210HP Turbodiesel Power

Isaac Cain
February 8, 2018

The Ranger Raptor gets Baja mode, but the Ranger FX4 could still best it on power: Ford hasn't announced numbers for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost under its U.S. truck's hood, but it's worth noting that the same engine is good for 350 HP in the Focus RS.

Whereas the F-150 Raptor gets its motivation from a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine pumping out 450 horsepower, the Ranger Raptor has a twin-turbocharged 210hp diesel engine with a stump-pulling 369 lb-ft of torque. While undoubtedly high-strung, the team thermo-tested the sequential turbo setup for reliability at glowing red-hot temperatures for 200 hours continuously.

Ford unveiled a Raptor version of its 2019 Ranger early February, a miniaturized but competent diesel off-roader that's set to launch in Southeast Asia but may or may not be coming to North America. In the spirit of wild speculation, let's compare it to its most likely competition which we see as the Chevy Colorado ZR2, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and of course the Ranger Raptor's big brother, the F-150 Raptor.

"We are so excited and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you feel like a hero", said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer at Ford Performance. Ground clearance is increased to 11.1 inches, the approach angle is 32.5 degrees, rampover angle is 24 degrees, and the departure angle is 24 degrees. This protection works with the Ranger's existing engine and transfer case skidplates to provide protection to components such as the radiator, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD), front cross-member, engine sump, and front differential.

At the rear, a modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3800kg, the front hooks are rated to 4500kg. The truck is 67.3-inches wide at the front and rear tracks. Snow, mud, sand, gravel, rocks, and grass all have driving settings. The chassis is specific to this truck and is created to travel at high speeds off-road and endure the associated punishment.

Ford Ranger Raptor

The rear suspension has been further strengthened with a bypass shock absorber and separate fluid reservoir and all shocks have a 46.6mm piston front and rear with internal bypass. "Built to withstand high-impact off-road events, Ranger Raptor's frame consists of various grades of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel".

Behind the wheels are 332mm ventilated front brakes with twin-piston calipers (up 9.5mm), while the rear sees an upgrade to disc brakes (rather than drums) also measuring 332mm, with new 54mm calipers.

In addition, a Terrain Management System boasts a total of six drive modes that optimize things like traction and stability control, shift scheduling, and throttle mapping to suit various conditions.

"It is fantastic to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush", he added. There are also blue highlights and leather accents throughout the cabin, along with a new steering wheel with perforated leather grip sections and magnesium paddle shifters. There are also airbags and a reversing camera with rear parking sensors, the image is projected onto the 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen which offers Sync3 and Apple and Android connectivity.

Australian sales will begin in the third quarter of the year with a price tag in excess of $70,000. While the Ranger Raptor is wider overall, it doesn't seem like the bed's interior dimensions have been increased.

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