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Ford launches V6 petrol version of Ranger Raptor pickup

Ford has launched the second generation of its European market-leading pickup, the Ranger Raptor.

Developed by Ford Performance, the all-new Ranger Raptor is the ultimate performance derivative of the latest Ford Ranger.

The biggest news for performance fans is the introduction of an all-new twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine tuned by Ford Performance to produce 292PS and 491Nm of torque.

The twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 engine boasts a compacted graphite-iron cylinder block, which is around 75 per cent stronger and up to 75 per cent stiffer than the iron used in traditional castings.

Ford Performance ensured the engine delivers immediate response to throttle inputs, and a race-bred anti-lag system similar to that first seen on the Ford GT road car and Focus ST enables rapid delivery of boost on demand.

The new anti-lag system keeps the turbochargers spinning for up to three seconds after the driver backs off the throttle, allowing for faster resumption of acceleration out of corners or through the gears when the driver steps back on the accelerator.

In addition, the engine is programmed with an individual turbocharging boost profile for each of the advanced 10-speed automatic transmission’s gears, for optimised performance.

Customers also have the option of choosing a 2.0-litre bi‑turbo diesel engine, which will be available to order in the Ranger Raptor from early 2023 with first deliveries expected in the summer.

Elsewhere, the suspension has been upgraded to cope with the most challenging of terrains.

And for the first time, Ranger Raptor gets an advanced full-time four-wheel drive system with an all‑new electronically‑controlled on-demand two-speed transfer case.

The Raptor also now offers both front and rear locking differentials, with the new front differential providing a valuable additional feature for hardcore off-road enthusiasts.

And helping the all-new Ranger Raptor handle anything from smooth roads to mud and ruts, plus everything in between, are seven selectable drive modes, including the off-road oriented Baja mode – named after the Baja 1000, the annual Mexican off-road motorsport race – which configures the vehicle’s electronic systems for ultimate performance during high-speed off‑roading.

Off road drive modes include:

  • Rock crawl – for optimum control in very low speed driving over extreme rocky and uneven terrain
  • Sand – optimises gear-changes and power delivery for progress in sand and deep snow
  • Mud/Ruts – for maximum grip during launch and maintaining vehicle momentum
  • Baja – sets all systems to maximum attack for peak high-speed off-road performance

The Ranger Raptor is being tested by rural police forces in the UK to help them crack down on illegal activities in remote areas.

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