Ford is working on a top-secret Ranger Raptor that’s fitted with a V8 engine, according to this Wheels reveal. The Australian auto publication lifted the lid on the V8 ute, suggesting that Ford will replace the diesel engine with a 5.0-litre V8 – the same engine used in the popular Mustang GT.
The V8 Ranger Raptor is said to be a project sanctioned by Ford Australia rather than a global project with engineering enhancements to be a local effort. A series of original Raptors will arrive in Australia with the standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine where they will undergo an engine transplant.
Wheels says Ford won’t be doing the conversion, but a private engineering firm will deliver the upgrade. There’s currently no word on which firm is leading the project.
While exact outputs for the Ranger Raptor V8 are yet to be confirmed, it’s expected to come close to the numbers pumped out by the current Ford Mustang.
Ford hasn’t officially confirmed the V8 Raptor is in development, although Wheels believes the ute will go on sale late in 2020. Ford’s Australian communications boss Matt Moran spoke to WhichCar about the V8 ute, where he said the following:
“There has always been speculation around the Ranger Raptor – naturally we have nothing share right now about any future plans, but we’re thrilled by the passion and how much people love this great truck, designed and engineered right here in Australia.”