Always wanted to have a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 for your Ranger Raptor? Tough luck as that engine is only available on its bigger brother, the F-150 Raptor. As much as the 2.0-liter bi-turbo EcoBlue diesel engine is powerful in its own right, there's nothing wrong with asking for a little bit more horsepower and torque for the Ranger Raptor.
Now while the Ranger Raptor won't be getting a six-cylinder anytime soon, an all-American V8 might soon make its way under the hood of the pick-up truck. That's because Ford Australia is actually thinking of swapping out the EcoBlue for a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 derived from the Mustang. You read right, the Australian division of Ford is serious in making the Ranger Raptor have more horses under the hood.
However, the V8 Ranger Raptor will not be built by Ford themselves. Instead, the automaker has supposedly tasked an outside engineering firm to do the V8 swap. Despite not being done by the Blue Oval brand, the company did say that all of the V8-swapped Ranger Raptors will adhere to OEM standards and safety requirements. In addition, all models will be sold under Ford dealerships complete with a full five-year warranty protection (over in Australia that is).
But how will the engineering firm build the V8-powered Ranger Raptor? Ford said that all of the donor models will be shipped with the EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engines. They will then undergo engine transplant wherein the diesel engine will be replaced by the more powerful 5.0-liter V8.
Ford has yet to state how much power the V8 Ranger Raptor will make. But with the eight-cylinder motor already producing an impressive 466 PS and 570 Nm of torque on the Mustang GT, we won't be surprised if the V8-powered Ranger Raptor will produce the same amount of power (or more). A ten-speed automatic transmission will most likely the gearbox of choice, although a six-speed manual might also be offered.
Should this Ranger Raptor officially be available soon, expect it to be pricier (as well as faster) than the bi-turbo diesel version. But perhaps the more imporatant question about the V8 Ranger Raptor is if it will be available outside of Australia. Fingers crossed the Blue Oval brand will offer it elsewhere too and not just in The Land Down Under.
Source: Whichcar Australia