The "bad-ass" pickup as described by Ford is the first model ever to receive its public debut at Gamescom. When Ford announced earlier this month plans to unveil a performance model at Gamescom, we figured the Blue Oval was talking about the European version of the Ranger Raptor. It turns out we were right as Europe’s best-selling truck made its debut today in Cologne, Germany with a beefy look to match the upgraded diesel engine. At the heart of the Ranger Raptor is a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine producing 210 horsepower and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque thanks to a pair of turbochargers. If these numbers seem familiar, it’s because the Australian model boasts the same EcoBlue engine with an identical output. Just like the model available Down Under, its Euro cousin uses Ford’s new ten-speed automatic transmission shared with the F-150 Raptor. No Ranger Raptor for America: Left-Hand-Drive Ford Ranger Raptor Spotted Testing In … [Read more...] about Ford Ranger Raptor Revealed For Europe With Potent Diesel Engine
Enthusiasts may have to settle for diesel power. The Ford Ranger’s return to the U.S. is agonizing. The compact pickup truck debuted earlier this year after years of rumors about its return to American soil. The truck disappeared from the U.S. after Ford discontinued production of the third-generation in 2012. With the new truck announced for the U.S., enthusiasts turned their attention to the Ranger Raptor following the standard pickup. However, Trevor Worthington, Ford's vice president of product development for Asia Pacific, in an interview with CarAdvice.com.au, may have dashed those hopes. In the interview, the publication asked about Ford offering more powerful gasoline or diesel V6 engines in the Raptor. Worthington quickly dispelled any hope of that possibility."Well, we haven't looked at that one [referring to a petrol or diesel V6] because as I've said this morning, the vast majority of the 200 markets that we sell Ranger, and when I say a vast … [Read more...] about Ford Ranger Raptor With V6 Engine Is Out Of The Question
It’s disappointing but understandable. I owned a 1998 Ford Ranger and adored driving the sluggish compact pickup. Wind direction determined its top speed, and the five-speed manual meant I could bang through gears giving the illusion the 117-horsepower four-cylinder had gusto. Ford rightfully discontinued the Ranger in 2012, and its replacement is much more modern. It’s so modern that Ford made an off-road Raptor version that looks like the F-150 Raptor birthed a baby. However, the focus on off-road capability comes with a sacrifice – the Ford Ranger Raptor won’t have a manual gearbox. “You’ve driven it off-road,” Ford Ranger Raptor chief program engineer Damien Ross told GoAuto.com.au. “You don’t really want to be messing about with a stick at the same time as you’re doing everything else. That’s the reason, and in the U.S., it’s the same thing.” Read More Ford Ranger News: 2019 … [Read more...] about Ford Ranger Raptor Won’t Get A Manual Gearbox
Is it the Euro-spec Ranger Raptor or something completely different? We’ll have to wait to find out. Gamescom is Europe's largest computer and gaming event. This year it will open its doors in Cologne, Germany on August 21st. But it won't be restricted to on-screen content exclusively. Ford plans to debut "a new performance vehicle" at this year's show. Exactly what that performance vehicle will be remains a mystery – but we have some ideas. Our best guess is the Ranger Raptor. Yes, technically Ford has shown the Ranger Raptor in the sheet metal, but the Gamescom-branded, European-spec Ranger Raptor that ran up the hill at Goodwood could be the most likely candidate. The video below suggests the same rugged pickup will make its European debut in Cologne later this month. The rugged Ford Ranger Raptor: Ford Ranger Raptor With V6 Engine Is Out Of The Question ⠀Ford Ranger Raptor Starts Production In This Time-Lapse Video The European-spec Ranger Raptor … [Read more...] about Ford Showing New Performance Vehicle At Gamescom – But What?