2023 Ford Ranger Raptor R – According to Australian automotive media, the mid-sized pickup with full-size power wasn’t approved for production. Even more, concerning for potential customers is that the V8 swap has been dead since 2019.
2023 Ford Ranger Raptor R Review
The Ranger was redesigned to be used in the Bronco’s T6.2 platform for the 2023 model years. It is rumored that it will feature an eight-cylinder lump. Cars Guide reports Trevor Worthington and Mark Rushbook are reportedly planning to build a Coyote V8-engined truck. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do.
Vice President of Global Product Development Operations & Vehicle Programs stated that “there’s a lot to be done” with the Bronco DR. This is a desert runner who’s not allowed to have a license plate. Ford Performance Motorsports’ Global Director stated, “I would love to think that we could do something similar.” We are working on it, but there are no plans right now.
Let’s take a look at the basics. Two top-ranking officials would love to see a V8-powered Ranger equipped with Bronco-DR-sourced hardware. Neither of them confirmed that the Ranger Raptor R was possible, and the Ranger Raptor V8 project from the previous generation was scrapped.
Skepticism aside the Ranger Raptor V8 is simply not commercially viable. Blue Oval sold 50,279 units in Australia last year. This is too small a market to justify a costly project or product like the V8-swapped truck. The Coyote is too big for a mid-size pickup truck, even in the United States where it sold 94,755 units.
2023 Ford Ranger Raptor R Released
The Ranger Raptor will also be revealed with a V6, most likely a twin-turbo lump, just like the Bronco Raptor. The Ranger Raptor will also be available in the United States.