When Ford launched the all-new Ranger Raptor yesterday, we were surprised by its new 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. While it sounded mean as heck, we couldn't help but wonder about its output figures.
While the engine makes more power than the 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel from before, the V6 only makes 288 PS with 491 Nm of torque. Impressive yes, but we were expecting it to produce nearly 400 PS and over 500 Nm of torque. The Bronco Raptor, which also uses a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6, makes 400 PS and is estimated to crank out over 540 Nm of torque.
However, we found out that the output figures released yesterday were for the European market. Outside of the Old Continent, Ford has confirmed that the 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 will make more power and torque.
According to Ford Australia and Ford South Africa, the Ranger Raptor in both countries will crank out a gut-pulling 397 PS and 583 Nm of torque. This translates to an increase of 109 PS and an extra 92 Nm of pulling power. Like the European version, the Ranger Raptor outside of Europe will also be connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission and will benefit from a new full-time 4WD system.
So why did Ford have to detune the EcoBoost V6 for the European market? According to the Blue Oval, they had to follow emissions-related market-specific tuning. Due to Europe having strict emissions laws, Ford had no choice but to lower the output figures of the Ranger Raptor.
Aside from Australia and South Africa, the Blue Oval has also confirmed that the new Ranger Raptor will be coming to North America. Ford CEO Jim Farley confirmed this after he posted on Twitter that the high-performance pick-up will be arriving in other global markets, including the United States and Canada.
Does this mean countries like the Philippines will also be getting the more powerful twin-turbo V6 engine? Ford mentioned that the 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel from the outgoing model will live on in select markets starting next year. However, they did not mention whether it will be receiving any upgrades in the all-new Ranger Raptor. For reference, the diesel powertrain currently makes 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque.
Do you think the Philippine market will get the V6 EcoBoost-powered Ranger Raptor, or will the Blue Oval offer the all-new pick-up with the tried-and-tested EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engine? Share your comments below.