Ever since the official news concerning the 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor broke out, its fans are keeping their fingers crossed! Expectancy is high and that’s understandable as Ford Ranger pickups hold a reputable position in the realm of muscle-mobiles.
In the absence of Ford Ranger trucks, Toyota and General Motors dominated the pick-up market, but with this new series looming in the reckoning, one can expect a stiff completion immediately as Ford Ranger Raptor 2018 hits dealerships.
2018 Ford Ranger Raptor – Engine Options
It is mainly the engine which seems to be arousing the most amounts of interests among its fans. Speculations reveal 3 engine variants for this new 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor. 2 will be gasoline and one diesel powered.
Its gasoline options start with a 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 which is one of the most powerful gasoline powerplants around. This engine has been offered before in some of its previous models and with the inclusion of this in their newest series of muscle pickups, Ford is planning to make it their own. Power outputs read as 375 lb-ft of torque and 325 HP of power. Some rumors also claim that this EcoBoost will be seen in other 2018 lineups of Ford both with RWD and AWD.
The transmission options could be between a 6-speed manual and 8-speed auto transmission. However, there is also some hints which state that a 10-speed transmission could also be seen. This is especially after the 17’ SVT Raptor F-150 offered it.
2nd gasoline engine option could be a more powerful 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 which can render 420 lb-ft of torque @ 2500 rpm and 365 HP of output @ 5000 rpm. This one will be mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox.
Diesel option: Along with its 2 gasoline engine options, 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor will also come with a diesel variant. That engine will be a 3.2 liter 5-cylinder Power Stroke I5 Turbocharged diesel engine. It’s expected outputs could be measured to be around 350 lb-ft @1500-2750 rpm and 185 HP of power output @ 3000 rpm.
Apart from the engine, tipsters have also presented viewpoints regarding some of its other tweaks. Its external body will undergo modifications. Lightweight aluminum alloy with strength steel frame will be employed in its construction. Headlights, taillights all will get LED accents. Chrome finishes will be seen in its grille and also in its air vents. New frontal bumper and some appealing lines will increase the allure of this new Raptor.
Moving to its interior, a host of features will flaunt the in-cab. One interesting one is its 6-mode Terrain management system assisting drivers to counter difficult rolling terrains. Cabin space will also have more accommodation room and leather upholstery on seats and steering wheels will be noticeable. Safety features have also been given utmost attention. Some of them include ABS, traction control, forward collision warning system, Blind-spot detection, tire pressure monitoring and parking assist.
There is official launch date as of now, but tipsters expect it to hit dealerships at the conclusion of 2017 at the most. If delays do take place, then it could extend to 2018. Price for the base Ranger should be around $25,000 so the Raptor model will roughly be set at around $40,000.