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Revealed: The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor & Its 390+ HP Twin-Turbo V6

Ford is making both left-hand and right-hand drive models for international markets. (Image/Ford)

In its continuing pursuit to “Raptor All The Things,” Ford officially showed us the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor. The reveal isn’t much of a surprise, as there has been no shortage of rumors and spy shots circulating about the Ranger Raptor—but it’s always nice to see the production vehicle in the flesh, so to speak.

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Based on the Ford Ranger midsize pickup truck, the Ranger Raptor follows in the footsteps of the granddaddy F-150 Raptor and the recently-revealed Bronco Raptor.

The Raptor magic starts under the Ranger’s hood, where you’ll find a twin-turbo 3.0L EcoBoost V6 that’s making an impressive 392 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. And Ford mates that engine to its trusty 10-speed automatic.

The Ranger Raptor also boasts a fancy new full-time four-wheel drive system, with an on‑demand two-speed transfer case and locking front and rear diffs.

The Range Raptor’s new 3.0L EcoBoost has a “compacted graphite-iron engine block,” which Ford says makes it about 75% lighter and stiffer than the traditional block construction. (Image/Ford)

The Ranger Raptor also has a slick anti-lag turbo system that was developed out of Ford’s racing program. When activated, the system keeps the turbos spinning for up to three seconds when you take your foot off the gas momentarily, which means you’ll accelerate faster when you mash the pedal again.

Ford’s also particularly proud of the Ranger Raptor’s active exhaust system which adjusts the engine sound/exhaust note to suit the environment your driving in—which will make the neighbors happy, we think.

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Much like its Raptor stablemates, the Ranger Raptor gets plenty of suspension upgrades too, namely in the form of FOX Racing Shox 2.5 inch live valve internal bypass shock absorbers. The truck packs plenty of other off-road upgrades too, like lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms, long‑travel front and rear suspension, and a tweaked Watt’s link in the back.

The Ford Ranger Raptor is available with a pair of 17 inch wheel choices, and both options can be had with 33 inch BFGoodrich KO2s.

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While Ford didn’t pin down an exact availability date, we heard from Ford CEO Jim Farley himself, that we’ll definitely be seeing it in showrooms in 2023.

Now…Ford, make us Maverick Raptor!

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