Ford Ranger Raptor V8 Rumored From Ford
by Shane McGlaun -- Ford Authority
A new rumor is making the rounds that claims Ford Australia is doing
something that will excite Ford Ranger Raptor fans. According to the
rumor, Ford Australia has sanctioned putting the 5.0-liter V8 engine under
the hood of the Ranger Raptor.
V8 would replace the anemic four-cylinder diesel engine that the Ranger
Raptor shipped with in countries where it is available. Americans canít
get the Ford Ranger Raptor at all, other than with a high-dollar
conversion kit. According to the report, the engineering for the V8 Ranger
Raptor is being handled by an external Aussie engineering firm.
The truck is expected to be a low-volume unit and may not be offered
outside of the Ford Australia market. We donít think that Ford would offer
the Ranger Raptor with a V8 in the U.S. as it certainly wouldnít want the
mid-size Ranger Raptor to outpace the full-size Ford F-150 Raptor. The
F-150 Raptor isnít offered in European markets directly from Ford.
Word is that the V8 Ranger Raptor will be built from standard Ranger
Raptors with their diesel engines getting pulled and replaced with the V8
locally. The massaged trucks will reportedly be sold through Ford dealers
and will have standard warranty protection. The V8 being used is said to
the Coyote version from the Mustang GT.
This is important as it implies the same power output as the Mustang GT,
which is 339kW and 556Nm of torque in Australia. The 5.0-liter V8 used in
the F-150 doesnít make the same power numbers. We can only hope that Ford
will use what it learns on this project to add a V8 as an option on the
Ranger in the future. We reported last year that the Ford F-150 Raptor was
tipped for a V8.