The Jury is Still Out
Everything We Know About the 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor, Plus Some Predictions
Ford Australia announced the price tag of the 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor at $74,990, or $57,457 USD. The excitement for a smaller version of the crowd-favorite F-150 Raptor is still at an all-time high here in the States, but there are still key details up in the air concerning what kind of truck we’ll end up getting.
Seeing as how the bigger Raptor starts at just over $50,000 stateside and the base model F-150 starts at $27,000, it’s safe to assume the US-bound Ranger will get a similar premium. Based on back-of-the-napkin math, the US-ranger Raptor will likely run just over $40,000, up from the base Ranger’s projected sub-$25,000 pricing.
All the architecture and suspension upgrades will probably come to our shores, like the Fox suspension with 11-inch ride height, skid plates and 17-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich all-terrain tires. The biggest story is how the Ranger Raptor makes its power. In Australia, they have to make do with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel good for 210 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The chances of America getting the same diesel are slim. While the EcoBoost V6 engine from larger F-150 Raptor would be ideal, keep in mind the Ranger already uses the 2.3-liter found in the Focus.
I know a turbocharged four-cylinder doesn’t sound like the most heroic engine ever for a suped-up performance truck, but the tuned RS 2.3-liter mill has 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to play with. We’ll have to wait until later this year for everything to be confirmed.
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