The Ford Ranger Raptor will receive a V8 in Australia
Some markets such as Europe benefit from the Ford Ranger Raptor, which is nothing less than a radical version of the small Ranger pickup truck. However, the engine of this vehicle is far from being a monster, since it's an ordinary four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel developing 210 hp. This small engine would soon be joined by a much more bestial mechanics.
According to the Australian media Which Car, Ford is secretly preparing a high-performance Raptor version of the Ranger, powered by the 5.0-litre V8 coming directly from the Mustang GT. This project would be the exclusive responsibility of the American brand's Australian teams. So there's a good chance that this Ford Ranger Raptor V8 will only arrive in Australia.
However, it is still possible that this Ranger Raptor will also arrive in other countries, especially in those where it is currently unavailable, such as the United States. The reason is simple, the Mustang's V8 is homologated in Uncle Sam's country, which is not the case with the 2.0L diesel engine.
While the Mustang's V8 easily fits under the hood of the Ranger, it now remains to be seen whether this project will be validated before it goes on sale in Australia. And if the demand for a V8-powered Ranger is strong enough, we also hope to see it marketed worldwide.
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