Ford hasn’t exactly said no to a V8-powered Ranger Raptor…

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We all know, downsizing nonetheless appears to be a development, nonetheless that didn’t cease Volkswagen from shoehorning an entire V6 into the Amarok, and it could appears as if Ford and Toyota are actually following swimsuit with V6 diesel motors showing in the end in each the Ranger and the Hilux. However what’s that faint murmur, you ask? Is it maybe the sound of the peanut gallery, suggesting that somebody wedge a V8 right into a Ranger? Perhaps…

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The Ford Ranger Raptor proved to be each bit the success that Ford had hoped it could be.

Following the success of the outgoing Ranger Raptor, there’s little doubt in anybody’s thoughts that there might be a Raptor variant of the forthcoming new Ranger – that mannequin featured the identical 2,0-litre BiTurbo diesel unit as present in different Ranger fashions, however right here’s why issues could also be totally different this time spherical…

It’s no secret that the brand new Ranger and the pleasant Bronco (of which we have now been so wrongfully disadvantaged) share a factor or two, and with Ford and Hennessey each having simply plopped the 300-odd kW 5,0-litre Coyote V8 into the retro off-roader, what’s to cease them from simply, you understand, giving us a V8 Ranger Raptor…

Ford’s vice-president of worldwide product growth, Trevor Worthington, was famous as saying that the Bronco DR may function inspiration for a brand new Ranger Raptor in a latest interview with Cars Guide.

“There may be numerous that Bronco DR that’s normal Bronco, and the underpinning of the usual Bronco and the underpinnings of the Ranger we’re simply within the means of releasing is identical structure,” he stated.

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The Bronco DR might be restricted to only 50 items and can function Ford’s acquainted Coyote V8.

Ford Efficiency motorsports world director, Mark Rushbook, additionally nodded when requested immediately if clients would discover enchantment in a V8 Ranger, including that lots of the Bronco DR’s options could possibly be transferred to the Ranger with out situation in any respect.

“I’d like to assume we may do one thing like that. No plans for the time being, however we wish to work on it.” He then went on to acknowledge that “on the finish of the day, it’s acquired to be smart and work for the enterprise.”

Not that it issues a lot to us in South Africa, however Ford are smack bang in the midst of creating a Raptor model of the Bronco. Reviews counsel, nonetheless, that it’ll should “make do” with the F-150 Raptor’s pokey 335 kW/691 N.m 3,5-litre EcoBoost V6.