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Finally, the United States and Canada get the Ford Ranger Raptor. Not allotted for the previous generation Ranger Raptor, which was exclusively (and confusingly) a diesel midsize truck, this second-generation Ranger Raptor is packing a high-octane twin-turbo V6 engine that is shared with the even more formidable Bronco Raptor. However, Ford fans the world over may have noticed that this performance 4×4 truck is already available in other parts of the world. And they may be wondering: is the Ford Ranger Raptor sold around the world the same as the one for the USA and Canada? Largely, yes. But we break down the differences in the article below.

2024 Ford Ranger Raptor Raptor Reveal BFGoodrich BFG KO3 Tire 4x4 off road pickup truck
A close up of the BFG KO3 tire on the new Ranger Raptor. Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Global Ford Ranger Raptor VS USA/Canada Spec Model: The Differences

The biggest difference between the “global” Ford Ranger Raptor and the USA/Canada market version is the choice of tire. The Ranger Raptor that will be sold for the USA and Canada uses an all-new tire: the BFGoodrich KO3, measuring 33-inches in diameter for this applciation. Globally, the Ranger Raptor launched with the heralded BFGoodrich KO2 tire. This choice of rubber can also be found on the likes of the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Super Duty Tremor, Ford Bronco Raptor, and even my personal truck. It’s the first year for the BFG KO3, and along with the Ranger Raptor, General Motors will be introducing this new tire on the GMC Sierra HD AT4X and Chevrolet Silverado HD ZR2.

“(KO3) is a brand new tire for the U.S. launch. And the bumper is a different part,” said Carl Widmann, Ford Performance chief engineer to MC&T. Mirror designs may vary as well from region to region.

Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

According to BFGoodrich, which is now a subsidiary of Michelin, the KO3 “is an upgrade from the previous KO2 model, offering improved traction, durability, and overall performance. However, it’s essential to note that the KO3 OE tire is not interchangeable with the KO2 tire of the same size on the same vehicle. Mixing KO3 and KO2 tires on your truck is not recommended.”

The 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor for the United States and Canada also features the “same” engine tune from its 3.0L EcoBoost V6 as the others, making 405 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. As for the emissions calibration, the USA/Canada truck is similar to the Australian and Middle Eastern truck. The European Union requires more catalytic converter to meet the region’s hyper strict requirements.

As for the Mexican market, the Ford Ranger Raptor can already be found there, as it’s the same global model that’s sold in Europe, Australia, Middle East, and other regions. That truck is made in Thailand, and is exported everywhere. The USA and Canada market version is built in Wayne, Michigan, alongside the Ford Bronco SUV.

2024 Ford Ranger Raptor Reveal Backgrounder USA Canada Markets Graphics Package

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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