However, There’s A Catch

Ranger Raptor

We’re dizzy from all of the Ford truck and SUV news that’s been swirling lately. From the steady trickle of official (and unofficial) Bronco news, to the next-generation F-150 just around the corner, and now there’s an exciting report about the Ford Ranger coming out of Australia’s WhichCar.

According to the report, the Ford Ranger Raptor is getting its slow-beating diesel heart transplanted with a thumping 5.0L Coyote V8 straight out of the Ford Mustang.

Yes, of course there’s a catch. And you already know what that is. The V8 Ranger Raptor is far from likely coming to America, where it would probably take the segment by storm. Moreover, the skunkworks project has been handed off to an outside company sanctioned by Ford Australia, per the report. The company was not named, but if we look to see what Herrod Performance has recently done with the Ford Mustang, we wouldn’t be surprised if they were the culprits responsible for keeping the faith down in Australia.

As for things here in America, the next-generation Ford Ranger is expected to arrive in a scant two years from now. All signs point to the new midsize pickup truck sharing its architecture with the next-gen Volkswagen Amarok, which will be built in the Wayne Assembly plant alongside the new Ranger and the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco SUV. The three vehicles are also expected to share a lineup of engines, as well, starting with a 2.3L EcoBoost engine, while the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and 3.0L Power Stroke diesel from the Ford F-150 have been rumored to be in the mix, as well.

The scene for the American market Ford Ranger is otherwise far from boring as it stands, however. The 2019 SEMA show had an eclectic display of possibilities for the midsize truck, while companies like PaxPower will go as far as to fit an American Ranger with global Ranger Raptor body panels as its 2.3L EcoBoost engine cranked to 350 horsepower.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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