10 Reasons Why We’re Excited About The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford's pickup trucks have always been a staple for the company as well as the American market. The Ford F-150 pickup has been the highest-selling pickup truck in the market for decades. Similarly, the Ford Ranger Raptor has gained quite the following over the past few years, having proven its mettle as one of the fastest, most capable, and most versatile off-road vehicles.

Now, for the 2023 model year, Ford has improved upon the existing truck and introduced an all-new, T-6-based Ranger Raptor. While the outgoing Raptor was quite impressive, the latest Raptor will prove to be leaps and bounds ahead of the outgoing model it replaces. The new Ranger Raptor, which shares the same powertrain as the new Ford Bronco, was initially destined for the European market, but the truck now has gained even more traction as it is now official that it will retail in the American market by the end of the year as well.

Ford enthusiasts are excited about this truck and growing impatient for its release, us included. The Raptor nameplate always aims to be the best and most capable version of the Ford F-150, the Ranger, and the Bronco. For 2023, the new Ranger Raptor seems dead set on taking things up a notch with a spec sheet that makes us all the more eager to get our hands on it.

Here are ten reasons why we are excited about the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor.


10 The All-New Raptor Will House A New Engine

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While the outgoing diesel Ford Raptor is an impressive truck, the one criticism customers had for it was that the diesel powertrain could have done with more power on and off the road. Ford listened to the complaints, seeing how the market called for more power, and now, with the new T6-based Raptor, the brand is giving their new truck the same powertrain that the recently-released Ford Bronco has.

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The new Ford Ranger Raptor will house a 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost engine under its hood. In fact, for the first time since the T6 went into production, the Raptor will now trade the diesel unit for a gasoline-powered engine in the international market.

9 The New Ranger Raptor Comes With International Styling

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The new Ford Ranger Raptor has now been promised for the American market, even though its initial target market base was that of Australia and some parts of Europe.

Thus, the styling of the new Ranger, and consequently the Raptor, is pretty much on track with other Ford pickup trucks in America.

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With Ford's trademark C-shaped LED headlights adorning the front fascia of the new Ford Ranger Raptor, huge Ford lettering on the front grille, and flared wheel arches, the truck is every bit as imposing as a performance-based mighty pickup should be. RELATED: The Rock Will Add The New Ford F-150 Raptor R To His Garage And We Don't Blame Him

8 The New Ranger Raptor Will Take Off-Road Performance Up A Notch

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Ford's new Ranger Raptor will focus on off-road ability, and keeping that in mind, the suspension has been redesigned to add more strength and travel than ever before. The new Raptor also gets new Fox Live Valve shocks with an internal bypass this time around, tuned specifically to the truck to ensure maximum refinement and comfort.

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Ford has also added heavy-duty underbody protection to the 2023 Ranger Raptor, making the truck more capable than ever when taking on rough terrains. One no longer needs to worry about their radiator, steering system, front differential, or any other underbody components even on the most demanding terrains, which enhances the confidence of the driver tenfold.

7 Trail Control Will Help The Ranger Conquer Rocky Terrain

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The Ford Raptor is commonly renowned as a high-speed off-roader, but the new Ranger Raptor wants to take things up a notch, and with the inclusion of the Trail Control feature, it can do exactly that.

Trail Control now helps the new Raptor get more competitive when it comes to its rock-crawling competitors.

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The system acts as low-speed cruise control in off-roading scenarios, which allows the driver to simply concentrate on steering through obstacles without worrying about the throttle. Thus, the Trail Control's automatic acceleration and braking according to the terrain make any kind of off-road situation, even those laden with obstacles, a breeze in the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor. RELATED: People Think These Trucks Are Great Off-Road...

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6 A Modern Interior With Technology Completes The Package

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Market trends clearly show how infotainment and instrument cluster screens have been getting bigger over the years, and of course, the new Raptor won't be any exception. The new Ranger Raptor gets a massive, centrally-mounted 12-inch screen in the middle of the center console, which is clearly the eye-catcher the moment you step into the cabin. Furthermore, the vehicle also gets a fully-digital instrument cluster.

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On the inside, the cabin looks comfortable and welcoming, while at the same time exuding toughness.

The seats on the 2023 Ranger Raptor are quite large and highly supportive, which guarantees a pleasant ride for all occupants. Moreover, the entire feel is enhanced by ambient lighting, premium leather upholstery, and features such as a heated steering wheel. Truly, the new Ranger ensures that its occupants never have any problems with comfort when it comes to the cabin as well as the terrain outside.

5 An Updated Cargo Bed Offers More Space And Utility

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In the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor, the brand has now introduced an updated bed, which now gets a nifty and flexible cargo dividing system, along with a host of configuration options as well.

In this aspect, Ford has gotten it right.

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While the Ford Ranger Raptor is focused on the thrill of the ride regardless of whether you are on the asphalt or off it, Ford has not completely left the space at the back unattended. At the end of the day, the Raptor is a pickup truck, and most owners will want to use the storage space, making the most out of their truck. Thus, Ford has not let the pickup bed go without attention.

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4 Seven Different Terrain Modes Make The New Ranger Raptor Ready For Anything

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While the new 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is an off-road truck first and foremost, it doesn't mean that city driving in the Ranger will be a dud. Far from it. As the truck comes with seven different terrain modes, three out of which are focused on city driving alone.

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These seven outright driving modes in the 2023 Ranger Raptor are Normal, Sport, and Slippery when you are driving on the asphalt.

When you decide to take your truck off the road on the road less taken, you would have four different off-road modes at your disposal, namely Rock Crawl, Sand, Mud/Ruts, and a Baja mode.

3 The Ranger Raptor Has Parts From Fox and Ford Performance

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The new Ford Ranger Raptor has parts provided by Fox, particularly the Live Valve shocks which come with an internal bypass. These parts are in contrast to those on the outgoing model, which were more of a general, off-the-shelf product. This time around, Ford Performance has worked on the internal bypass shocks from Fox and tailored them specifically to suit the Ford Raptor, taking comfort and refinement to the next level.

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Tuning the parts specific to the Raptor also means that the truck would have perfect balance, stability, control, and off-road comfort by adjusting the spring rates, the ride height of the Raptor, and more.

The 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 petrol engine, too, is tuned by Ford Performance to churn out 392 horses along with 430 lb-ft of torque, which delivers consistent power through its 10-speed automatic transmission without lagging or chopping. RELATED: 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Is The Most Ridiculous Factory 4x4 You've Ever Seen

2 A Full-Time 4WD System Makes Its Way To The Ranger Raptor

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A lot is new on the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor. For starters, the 2023 model of the Ranger will use a Teflon-infused oil, stated to reduce friction by around 50% as compared to the outgoing model.

Furthermore, for the first time on the Ranger Raptor, an advanced full-time four-wheel drive system will be active, driving home the fact that the Raptor is for those who would rather drive off the asphalt than on it.

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The 4WD system also has an all-new electronically-controlled two-speed transfer case on demand, with front and rear locking differentials as well. Moreover, when in the Baja terrain mode, drivers will enjoy Ford's new anti-lag system, which would keep the Ranger Raptor's turbochargers spinning for up to 3 seconds after you take your foot off the gas, ensuring faster acceleration through corners and gear.

1 The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor Comes With Four Selectable Exhaust Notes

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Not only does the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor come with seven different terrain modes, but also four separate audio modes. These modes control how loud or subtle the exhaust note of the truck sounds.

The Quiet mode would keep the exhaust noise to a minimum, focusing on urban and neighborhood running, especially in the mornings. Then comes the Normal mode, which focuses on everyday driving, and the exhaust note has a more muted but noticeable presence.

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The Ranger Raptor's Sport exhaust mode would come with a louder and more dynamic exhaust node that gives away the car's power, and the final mode, which is the Baja mode, is intended only for usage in off-road situations, where the truck will be at its loudest and most vibrant. Truly, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor truck will be an all-new truck that will blow the competition away.

There is no doubt that the truck could eat into its own sibling, the F-150 Raptor's sales as well.