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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-12-2018, 09:10 AM
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If they follow suit to what Ford Australia has been doing with the Ranger over the past several years, then it's more than likely that we will get more powertrain variations. Ford has opted to do some market testing, to see what the demand is like for the new Ranger, prior to investing in more a expensive/varied production run. Hard to argue with the new specs of the Raptor trim, pretty underwhelming numbers out of the gate.
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Ford specified that this was the Asian-Pacific-market Ranger Raptor and not the North America one. Makes one wonder if the Ranger Raptor will actually make it to NA if Ford finds the demand to be insufficient because as you said, they'll need to invest in more a expensive/varied production run for a more powerful Raptor.
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From the response that I've been seeing online it looks like most interested buyers have no interest in the Asian-Pacific spec'd Raptor that's using a diesel engine. I think a lot interested parties want to see Ford drop in their Ecoboost engine that's been extremely successful across several models in their lineup. I highly doubt that we'll get to see a manual option, which a lot of people are asking for. As the 10-speed transmission has been implemented to maximize fuel economy, perhaps if there is a great enough demand for stick, we may see it down the line.
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post #14 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 11:42 AM
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That's pretty much what Ford will have to drop into the Ranger Raptor if they want to sell it in North America. Maybe a the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 from the F-150 or a tuned turbo-diesel 3.2-liter five-cylinder from the For Transit. Of course giving one market a more powerful Raptor may anger buyers in other countries who are stuck with the bi-turbo 2.0-liter diesel engine.
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Expansion to the sole powertrain will make or break the new Ranger Raptor. All the markets are calling for something different than what's being offered in its initial release, and there is no denying that it's current specs wont satisfy the average truck enthusiast. I have a good feeling that initial pre orders are going to be relatively low.
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Expansion to the sole powertrain will make or break the new Ranger Raptor. All the markets are calling for something different than what's being offered in its initial release, and there is no denying that it's current specs wont satisfy the average truck enthusiast. I have a good feeling that initial pre orders are going to be relatively low.
As much as power is important at the same time its not, this is an offroader and that means there are far more important things happening under the body than within in. Any extra need in power can and should be easily done through aftermarket mods.
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post #17 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-05-2018, 09:13 AM
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It'll come down to the Raptors price point. If it costs that much more than its competitors, but doesn't offer huge increases to performance, I'm not sure how many buyers will be interested in a new truck that they'll have to put additional money into. While the Ranger Raptor may have a little more hp, its matched in torque by the Colorado ZR2.
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post #18 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-08-2018, 11:19 AM
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The 2.0L turbo diesel Ranger Raptor will most likely undercut the Colorado or be priced around $45k, making the difference negligible. But if Ford were to put a larger engine in there similar to the F-150 Ecoboost Raptor, then that's another matter and people will be happy to may more than the Colorado's $44,895 for one.
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They'll have to expand upon the powertrain if they want to really compete with Colorado, Tacoma and Frontier. A 200hp Raptor just doesn't seem worth it at a $40-$50 price bracket. Spend an extra $5k and you can get double the power in the F150 model.
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Ford makes the best selling trucks in North America, so I don't think its all a matter of performance specs. While I agree that the new Raptor is a little underwhelming, we have to see how exactly its 200hp is delivered. Slightly less output could mean better fuel economy over its rivals.
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