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2024 Ford Ranger Raptor USA Canada North America P703N New Off Road Baja Truck 4x4
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The wait for the Ford Ranger Raptor to come to North America is finally over, as the truck will arrive for the 2024 model year with the next-generation P703N model. The 2024 Ranger Raptor is based on a proven performance legacy and is built with race-proven suspension design, power, purposeful technology, and rugged styling. In addition, Ranger Raptor is fully prepared to take on the most demanding terrain its extreme adventure-seeking customers can find.

What Is The New Ford Ranger Raptor?

This is the first time the Ford Ranger Raptor has been made available in the United States and Canada. Now on its second generation, the new Ford Ranger Raptor originally debuted in Australia, is now for sale on multiple continents, including Europe and Asia. Having the “Raptor” designation, this midsized performance truck has lofty expectations to fill, and is entering a cutthroat market with the likes of the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, first-ever GMC Canyon AT4X already available, and the next-generation Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro coming very soon.

2024 Ford Ranger Raptor USA Canada North America P703N New Off Road Baja Truck 4x4 Fox Suspension Live Valve
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The main ingredient of every Ford Raptor is its suspension. The 2024 Ranger Raptor starts with a purpose-built suspension with lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms and a long-travel, outboard-mounted rear suspension with a Watts linkage and trailing arms for control and confidence both on the road and off. The Ranger Raptor features next-generation Fox 2.5-inch Live Valve Internal Bypass shocks are coil-overs at the front and piggyback reservoirs at the rear and filled with Teflon-infused oil to reduce friction and heat build-up for uninterrupted performance all day long.

An amazing suspension deserves to be backed by a matching level of power. The Ford Performance tuned twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 produces 405 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Yes, this is the same engine found in the Bronco Raptor. Bolted to the EcoBoost engine is a class-exclusive 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission mated to an advanced four-wheel drive system with a new electronically controlled on-demand two-speed transfer case combined with front and rear locking differentials.

In terms of power, the Ranger Raptor matches the GM off-road trucks in torque, but has nearly 100 more horsepower. Cylinder count matters, you know?

2024 Ford Ranger Raptor USA Canada North America P703N New Off Road Baja Truck 4x4
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The USA/Canada-spec 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor features flared fenders with functional fender vents that house a set of next-generation BFGoodrich KO3 tires around 17-inch wheels, with an optional beadlock capable wheel and even available bead locks for running extra low tire pressures in sand and rocky conditions. The new Ranger Raptor also sports serious underbody protection. The thick front bash plate is made of high-strength steel and is complemented by the dedicated engine, transfer case, and fuel tank shields. The Ranger Raptor also features an all-new exterior color: Shelter Green.

The 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor for the USA and Canada markets will be assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, alongside the Ford Bronco. Orders will begin later this month and availability late this summer. The price starts at $56,960 USD, including $1,595 for destination. To compare, a base Colorado ZR2 starts at $48,690 USD with destination, and the Canyon AT4X starts at $56,995 with destination. Pricing on the new Tacoma TRD Pro is TBD.

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Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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