Strong Ford Ranger Raptor With V8 Engine Is Coming
Ford Ranger Raptor V8 high-output, dual-cab 4×4 ute will be limited in numbers, expensive and finally get the engine аs it deserves thanks to clever Australian engineering.
Ford far from the public eye, secretly prepares a high-performance Ranger Raptor super ute complete with V8 power. If you want to have such a vehicle in your garage with a powerful V-8 engine then be prepared to get in quick, and spend big.
News about Ford Ranger Raptor a few days ago appeared in Wheels magazine and we understand that, if consent is obtained from Ford Australia, the first V8-powered Ranger will be an Australian-engineered limited-edition.
So that means small production numbers and big bucks. If you’re wondering how big? The answer is very simple because the standard 157kW/500Nm 2.0-liter turbo-diesel Ford Ranger Raptor costs $76,290 plus ORCs. Retrofitting the Mustang GT’s 339kW Coyote V8 into its engine bay-would surely reach a price of $100K!
All this would contribute to set a new pricing benchmark for a ‘one-tonne’ mid-size 4×4 ute, as well as a new performance benchmark for the class that will really pay attention to the main criticism of the diesel Raptor – it’s slow in a straight line.
In addition to this, there would be no Outback track the Ford Ranger Raptor with V8 engine couldn’t crush, and the towing capacity can be improved from the current Raptor’s 2 500kg maximum.
Ford Ranger Raptor V8 will appear toward the end of the current-generation T6 Ranger’s life cycle, before being replaced with the last one homegrown T7 Ranger in 2021, giving it one hell of a send-off.
Ford’s plan for this type of exercise has already been set by the Mustang R-Spec, a local development by Ford and second-stage manufacturer Herrod Performance.
Only 500 examples of the 500kW special-edition muscle-car will be offered for the price of $99,800 plus ORCs, $ 36,000 more than the price, of a standard Mustang GT coupe.
Much of that price impost is for modifying the existing V8 engine in addition, instead of transplanting the engine proposed for Raptor, which is a more expensive proposition.
Ford Ranger Raptor V8 will be available via Ford dealers just like with the Mustang R-Spec and backed by Ford’s five-year factory warranty.
Does the question arise, who would do the work? Herrod Performance, owned by famous Aussie Ford tuner Rob Herrod, is not involved.
This indicates that there are two candidates in the race, Tickford, and Premcar, the two halves of what was once Ford Performance Vehicles, Prodrive and Racing.
Tickford, which is best known as a Supercars team, has for several years been involved in improving and promoting Ford products аnd offers several Ranger and Mustang upgrades.
Because for a while it had a frozen relationship with Ford Australia, the two have teamed up again and Tickford is now working on several engineering projects for the Blue Oval. Tickford stands for that a V8 Ford Ranger Raptor is not one of them.
And who is Premcar? He has in-depth engineering ability as shown by 2019’s Holy Grail Falcon and has a strong relationship with Ford, а it is considered that previously experimented with fitting a V8 engine in the Ranger.
Premcar is also involved with Nissan, and after completing all the necessary tasks for the development of Navara Warrior is ready to do other work for the Japanese company.
He also says, that he does not know anything about the V8 Ranger program, which was the first time exposed by spy shots of a V8 test mule taken by a car sales reader in Geelong last April 2019.
Hopefully, someone is in charge, because we all true lovers are waiting for information that it was built!