2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

Raptor all the things: say hello to the first truly “global” Ford Raptor truck, the Ranger, to be available with gasoline or diesel engines.

2023 Ford Ranger Raptor
Could this be the Goldilocks of factory off-road performance trucks? • source Ford

Back in 2010 when the first Ford (F-150) Raptor was launched, I was reviewing vehicles and was able to drive the truck extensively both on and off-road.

Wherever I went, people were drawn to it like crypto bros to an NFT launch.

But sheesh, that truck felt huuuge. For 2023, there will be three off-road performance Raptor models: the large Ford F-150 Raptor, the Bronco Raptor (convertible) SUV, and this, the Ranger Raptor truck.

2023 Ford Ranger Raptor sliding in desert
For some reason, Ford added ^ that disclaimer. Eugh. • source Ford

Just launched in November, 2021, the latest generation Ranger is not only a more appropriate—read: outside of North America—size, but now will be far and away the highest-performing truck most drivers are able to purchase from the showroom floor.

Like the Bronco Raptor, which shares this platform, figure a twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 engine with as much as 392 horsepower and 583 Nm (430 lb-ft) of torque. Aaaand anti-lag.

Being a global vehicle, it’s also tuned for market restrictions, meaning in Europe the same engine is rated at 282 hp. Tuners, you have your orders.

Ford says, “The 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine will be available in select markets on the next-gen Ranger Raptor from 2023, with market-specific details provided closer to launch.”

Like other Raptor models, the headlines mention horsepower but really, you’re paying for an entire suite of deep upgrades, from adjustable long-travel suspension featuring FOX 2.5-inch Live Valve internal bypass shocks, aluminum upper and lower control arms—to a unique chassis with different mounts, reinforcements to key areas.

Drive on rough roads often, and those C-pillar(!), box, and spare wheel well upgrades (with new shock tower, jounce bumper, and brackets to match) are likely worth the price of admission.

Other need-to-haves? 2.3mm-thick high-strength front steel skid plate, rated tow hooks front and rear, two-speed transfer case, front and rear locking differentials. BFGoodrich all-terrain KO2 tires. A suite of off and on-road driving modes tweak everything from ABS braking, exhaust valves, interior displays, and the shocks for terrain-specific feel.

Inside and out, Raptor-specific seats, trim (and even Bang & Olufsen-branded audio system) give no doubt that this is a special truck. 🏁

source • Ford (release: Middle East, Europe, Australia)

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor
Upgraded big time—and packing 400+ horsepower. Among the tribe, the new Bronco Raptor is instantly a living legend