The big news for Europeans in what is the second Raptor to be officially available on this side of the Atlantic, is that engine. While the previous model came with a four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel – an engine that should also be available alongside this one in the new car – the new Raptor comes with the option of a twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 producing a healthy 288PS (212kW) and 491Nm (310lb ft). That is unfortunately some way down on the near-400PS (294kW) of the US Raptor, thanks to European emissions regulations. Getting the US number is likely the matter of a software remap.
The engine uses a stiffer iron block – meaning modders could be looking at a darling for big boost – and also brings along an anti-lag system like the one first seen on the Ford GT supercar. When in Baja mode the anti-lag system keeps the turbos spinning for up to three seconds after the driver has let off the throttle. That means power is there and waiting more immediately, should the driver get back into the gas. As for performance? No figures have been revealed as yet, so we’ll keep you posted. It’ll be quick for a Ranger, if not Hellcat-threateningly so.
On the chassis, the Raptor has been upgraded to be stiffer and more rugged. There are all-new aluminium upper and lower control arms and long-travel suspension. The new Raptor also gets next-generation FOX 2.5-inch live valve internal bypass shocks, with Teflon-infused oil that halves friction compared with the previous-generation Raptor. These shocks work with the drive modes to deliver improved performance and comfort when required. They can stiffen the rear under acceleration, as well as in jump situations to prevent bottom outs.
For the first time also the Ranger Raptor gets advanced full-time all-wheel-drive, controlled via an on-demand two-speed transfer case and locking diffs at the front and rear. Seven drive modes control the system and engine performance, with normal, sport and slippery for on-road, and rock crawl, sand, mud/ruts and Baja for off-road.