Ford’s Ranger Raptor was by far the most important news of September. South African Ranger fanatics – of which there are many – will finally have option on a bakkie which is true (well, closer – anyhow) to the performance of F-150 Raptor. In RHD, no less.
Although Ford’s Australian development team, who are responsible for delivering the Ranger Raptor to market by next year, haven’t disclosed any of its exact specifications, rumours initially abounded of two powerplant options, both turbocharged.
The latest details from Down Under are that neither the assumed 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel or 3.5-litre V6 petrol engines will power Ranger Raptor. Instead, it should debut a radically downsized twin-turbocharged 2-litre diesel engine.
Ford’s engineering strategy is obviously to save mass, and with a smaller four-cylinder engine – befitting from significant boost and thermal efficiency – it hopes to make significant power, whilst saving the weight. Spinning smaller internals will certainly improve its throttle response, and with twin-turbochargers there’s little possibility of lag – hence Ranger Raptor should have both the crushing torque that performance diesels are renowned for, allied to notably immediate throttle response.
To further optimise this responsiveness, and perhaps gift the smaller capacity engine optimal efficiency and the greatest elasticity of performance, Ranger Raptor is believed to replicate the immense spread of ratios available in F-150 Raptor. That’s correct: a ten-speed transmission.
Suspension? If sources are to be believed, it’s borrowing the Watt’s-link from Everest, with a robust collection of component upgrades. Total those specifications and fundamentally, Ranger Raptor is squaring to be a 2-litre twin-turbodiesel 4×4 double-cab, with ten forward gears and a coil-sprung rear axle. It all sounds rather promising.
Toyota, we certainly hope you are considering a response…