The rumour mill is churning out Ford news today with a future possibility of an Australian 5.0-litre V8 powered Ford Ranger Raptor. That’s compared to the current F-150 Raptor that currently is powered by two fewer cylinders.
The V8 will be naturally aspirated compared to the 6-cylinder, but despite this, Australian tuning house Tickford is already geared up to bolt on a Roush supercharger to create a more than capable super truck. Power is looking to be around 710 hp, 260 more than the current Raptor, and 610 lb-ft of torque.
“Let’s say a V8 Ranger authorized [sic] by Ford themselves through dealers does come out, we will no doubt have people coming to us saying ‘supercharge it’,” Tickford Group’s Commercial Director, Andrew Philpott, told CarsGuide recently. “We’ve supercharged Mustangs of course, and we supercharged F-150s, so we’ve had people buy V8s purely with the intent of coming here [and having us install] a Roush supercharger on it.”
Unfortunately, this news isn’t being applied to the US market despite America drooling from the mouth to have this level of power (and 8-cylinders, of course). The 2019 US Ranger is currently offered only with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine from the Mustang and produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that Ford USA will start to offer a V8-powered as this would compete with the mightily popular Ford F-150, however it is also being rumoured that Ford is working on a V8 F-150. Let’s cross our fingers.