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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-25-2018, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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2019 Ford Ranger Raptor Review

CarAdvice just dropped a review for the new Ranger Raptor, and they came away extremely impressed with its performance. It doesn't look like all that much has changed inside the cabin, but there are a few tweaks to the infotainment screen, more sport seats and some Raptor logos embossed throughout. Paul Maric was thrilled about how well it performs with rough terrain, even at high speeds. We'll still have to wait and see what engine Ford decides to use for the NA model.
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It does look like it struggles a bit with freeway speeds, but most people knew that was a possibility once Ford confirmed it specs. Glad to see for the most part it holds up to Raptor badge, but hopefully NA customers get a more capable powertrain. Shame it has less towing capacity than the standard Ranger.
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I guess they had to make some sacrifices to utility by using that Fox Shocks racing suspension. It does look really enjoyable to drive, but it seems to fall a little short as a proper work truck. A larger engine would certainly assist with its shortcomings.
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A larger engine also means more weight and worse fuel efficiency. I just recently saw some articles from a Ford exec claiming that buyers would have no interest in a EcoBoost V6. You guys agree?
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I just recently saw some articles from a Ford exec claiming that buyers would have no interest in a EcoBoost V6. You guys agree?

Disagree!


I think the 2.7L Ecoboost should be an engine choice.
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I don't see the need for a V6 seeing as how Ford has several smaller Ecoboost engines to choose from. It was offered on the older models though, so I can see why some are inquiring about it.
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I don't see the need for a V6 seeing as how Ford has several smaller Ecoboost engines to choose from. It was offered on the older models though, so I can see why some are inquiring about it.
Valid point.

Can't help but notice the trend going on towards hybrids and the fact that Ford has something right now that's ideal for the Ranger.
All we have to do is look no further than the Fusion Hybrid. Except this time around it would need to produce closer to the 200hp and 200lb-ft of torque mark.
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Well they are making some questionable decisions with the new F150 Limited, but in general the industry is moving away from larger engines. It doesn't look like Ram got the memo however, as the upcoming TRX is rumored to have a Hellcat engine.
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Interest in performance trims are at an all time high, but hopefully as hybrid tech becomes more affordable to use, then that wont require a sacrifice in efficiency. It seems Ram is having quite a lot of difficulty in getting their mild hybrid system to meet new EPA standards.
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Interest in performance trims are at an all time high, but hopefully as hybrid tech becomes more affordable to use, then that wont require a sacrifice in efficiency. It seems Ram is having quite a lot of difficulty in getting their mild hybrid system to meet new EPA standards.
Once released these will prove to be key pivotal products for all car makers involved and as proving ground for consumers and the brands.

Ford is already projecting interest to go that direction, I'll take their word for it.
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