A charged Ford Ranger Raptor pickup won’t get a V8 engineMay 31, 2020
According to the head of the representative office of the American automaker in Australia, the mid-size truck Ford Ranger Raptor will not receive a V-shaped “eight”. It just has no financial justification.
Imagine a Ford Ranger Raptor truck with a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine under the hood that equips the Mustang sports coupe in the high-performance version of the GT. This motor develops a power of 455 horsepower (556 Nm). In addition, such a version of the mid-size pickup would receive suspension elements from the full-size F-150 Raptor. Sounds great.
Earlier this year, there was news that the Ranger Raptor V8 should appear in Australia. Now there is reliable evidence that these rumors were completely false.
It turns out that the idea to install a V8 engine on the Ranger Raptor belonged only to some engineers of the company and it never received the approval of the leadership of the American automaker.
As Ford Australia boss Kay Hart said in an interview, “We were not going to and are not going to equip the Ford Ranger Raptor with a V8 engine in the future.” He said there are several reasons for this. Firstly, if the truck really got a V-shaped “eight”, then the price for such a car would jump at times.
Secondly, at first glance, installing a V8 under the hood of a Ford Ranger Raptor may seem like a simple matter, but it entails a “new round of crash tests for the new pickup version, engine and transmission calibration, compliance of the engine and gearbox with existing emission standards and review of suspension and stability control systems. ” The fuel tank and piping also needed to be replaced.
Finally, the development of the Ford Ranger Raptor V8 will take two to three years – enough time for Ford Australia to develop the next generation Ranger and Ranger Raptor.
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