It feels like US buyers have waited forever for the new Ford Ranger to arrive. Meanwhile, truck fans in Australia have the midsize truck in a variety of flavors to sample right now, including the hot Raptor. This new video from Car Expert takes three versions to a chassis dyno for some power testing.
It's been nearly a year since the 2023 Ranger debuted to a global audience, so let's go through a quick refresher. Powertrains will vary by region, with diesel power prevalent outside the US. For Australia, that means a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 making 247 horsepower (184 kilowatts) and a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 207 hp (154 kW). Of greater interest is the Ranger Raptor, which wields a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 gas-burner. European emission regulations limit power to 288 hp (214 kW), but in Australia, it's good for 392 hp (292 kW). We expect a similar rating for North America.
Gallery: 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor
Before discussing the dyno numbers, it's important to note that such figures can vary greatly depending on all kinds of factors. We've certainly seen crazy numbers resulting from incorrect dyno settings; atmospheric conditions and transmission types can also play a role. We point this out because the numbers shared in this video are quite surprising, with the diesels showing much more power than expected at the wheels. Meanwhile, the Raptor checks in with less.
First, the diesels. The four-cylinder Ranger showed 170 hp (127 kW) to the wheels. That's an 18 percent power loss, which is generally considered above average for a vehicle with an automatic transmission. The V6 diesel does even better, laying down 212 hp (158 kW). Doing the math, we see there's only a 14 percent power loss between the engine and the ground. That's well above average, even for a vehicle with a manual gearbox. However, Ford dropped the manual Ranger for 2023 in Australia, so all the trucks here are running a 10-speed automatic.
Now for the Ranger Raptor, and here's where things get strange. The off-road-focused truck posted 274 hp (204 kW) to the rear wheels, which represents a whopping 30 percent power loss from the engine. Losses ranging from 20 to 25 percent with a traditional automatic transmission are common, so we're left with something of a quandary. Are Ford's diesel Rangers underrated? Is the Ranger Raptor overrated? Are we dealing with errors in dyno settings? Or is something else happening here?
With next-generation Ranger pickups still absent in most of the world, we'll likely have longer to wait before seeing more dyno testing. The results in this run at least give us something to consider as more trucks make their way into the hands of owners.
The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is basically a downsized version of the high-flying, velocity-defying F-150 Raptor. As with its big brother, the off-road-ready Ranger will also feature flared fenders, rugged tires, extra ground clearance, and an unmistakable grille. While it will ride on the same fully boxed ladder frame as the regular Ranger, the Raptor variant will receive a long-travel suspension for soaring over jumps and a more powerful engine for quicker desert runs. The Ford will only be offered in one body style—a crew cab connected to a five-foot cargo box. The interior should have distinct flourishes and a feature-laden infotainment system.
What's New for 2023?
Ford has confirmed that the Ranger Raptor will indeed be sold in the U.S., following the reveal of the global version. Before the official news, we had seen spy photos of it testing as well as a camouflaged prototype of the next-generation Ranger. The Raptor variant will reach showrooms on our shores sometime next year.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Ranger Raptor will go on sale as a 2023 model, but Ford hasn't said how much it will cost. We expect its starting price to exceed the top-of-the-line Ranger Lariat (currently priced at around $40,000). It'll also likely align with competitors such as the Chevy Colorado ZR2 and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.
The 2023 Ranger Raptor will feature a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that's said to make 392 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. However, those figures could be slightly different than the U.S. version. It's essentially the same setup found on the Ford Bronco Raptor, which includes a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive, complete with locking front and rear differentials. Compared to its pedestrian counterpart, the Raptor will have a sturdier suspension and beefier off-road equipment. Along with a higher ride height and increased ground clearance, it has 33-inch all-terrain tires that bookend wider front and rear tracks.
Ford hasn't released fuel-economy ratings for the 2023 Ranger Raptor. Once they do, we'll update this report. We will also provide its real-world mpg once we have the opportunity to test one on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the Raptor's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the Raptorized Ranger will be mildly different from its regular counterpart. While we still expect an abundance of hard plastics and some rubberized materials, Ford spruces up the cabin with exclusive content. The overseas version boasts leather and microsuede upholstery and heavily bolstered front seats. In addition to a pair of aluminum paddle shifters, the steering wheel should wear a red band at the 12 o'clock mark, denoting its performance edge. We anticipate it'll offer a similar set of standard and optional features as the standard truck, including dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, remote start, and more. The Ranger Raptor will probably come in only one configuration: a crew-cab body style with a five-foot cargo box.
We expect every Ranger Raptor to have an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Ford's latest Sync infotainment software. That would mean Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot are standard features. Along with various charging ports, the widebody Ranger will likely offer options such as built-in navigation and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The Ranger Raptor hasn't been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The mid-size pickup truck is also expected to come with a slew of driver-assistance technology. Key safety features should include:
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Ford provides competitive limited and powertrain warranties in this segment. The Ranger Raptor also doesn't receive complimentary maintenance like rivals such as the Chevy and Toyota.