Earlier this year, many sources reported the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor with a new Coyote V8 engine. The same engine that powers the Mustang GT model. For a start, this should be a low-production model, and its global sales were intended to start in 2022. However, Ranger Raptor will not arrive this year. The reason is obvious: COVID-19 made a great impact on every manufacturer’s budget.
Some reports are saying this model is dead, but we think Ranger Raptor is on the hold at this very moment. We still believe that this mid-size high-performance pickup truck will arrive, most likely at some point in 2022. Here’s what Ford will have to offer after the latest refreshments.
2021 Ranger Raptor Facelift
Blue Oval will look to improve the upcoming 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor. This version already looks aggressive and handsome. However, the latest exterior upgrades will bring more uniqueness. This off-road oriented pickup will gain 17-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tires and various off-road features.
That includes new skid plates, bolder bumpers, and special running boards. Ford also plans to change the departure angle of the vehicle. The styling will look more attractive and expect new exterior paints as well.
Modified Platform and New Suspension
New 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor will use the same platform as the regular model. On the other hand, the Blue Oval will modify the chassis in order to provide better off-road capability. Raptor version will also get a long-travel suspension with new Fox internal dumpers.
This is an important upgrade for a model such as Raptor. Moreover, the new Ranger Raptor will be wider, which should provide much better stability. We already said that the Blue Oval would change departure angles, and we can confirm more ground clearance as well, for 2021 Ranger Raptor.
Will Raptor Get Coyote V8 Engine?
The upcoming 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor will get a powertrain option. It is a legendary 5.0-liter V8 Coyote engine that powers the Ford Mustang GT supercar. This was just a rumor for months, but now it seems to be official. Powerful V8 can produce 455 horsepower and up to 410 lb-ft of torque. In Australia, Ranger Raptor will get a diesel version as well.
Powered by 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel, Ranger will remain one of the most popular models in Land Down Under. As for the US, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine should be offered as standard. This output will deliver around 310 horses, but some rumors are writing about tweaking this engine to 375 horsepower.
2021 Ford Ranger Raptor Release Date, Price
The new report state that the 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor won’t be produced at all. We hope this is not true and that we will be seeing this pickup truck at some point next year. Some other rumors are suggesting for the Raptor version to arrive in 2021 but without the Coyote V8 engine.
Only the time will tell what is true, but we don’t know when Blue Oval plans to release its new mid-size pickup. As for the price, it should start between $45,000 and $50,000. Ranger Raptor will continue to rival Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Chevy Silverado ZR2, and new Jeep Gladiator Mojave.