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Ford is reportedly considering stuffing the Raptor's twin turbo V6 in the Ranger, which might mean that the upcoming Bronco gets it too. I assume the two cars will share engine offerings?

http://www.motoring.com.au/ford-ranger-raptor-possible-101021/

Muscled-up Ranger ute could join F-150 Raptor as part of Ford Performance expansion

One of the maddest utes in existence is the new Ford F-150 Raptor, a jacked-up, 300kW twin-turbo V6 monster.

And the Ford Ranger could be next in line for a serious workover.

The F-150 Raptor was developed by Ford Performance, the same team behind the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus RS and Mustang GT350. Formed roughly 12 months ago, Ford Performance has previously confirmed it will develop 12 new models by 2020.

Factor in the above five models and the newly-formed hot shop has seven models to come.

There’s no official confirmation at this stage but Paul Seredynski, Ford Performance global communications manager, said a Ford Ranger Raptor “was a fascinating idea” after dismissing several others, including a Ford Fiesta RS.

With a number of new Ford performance models to come by 2020 — the majority of which will need to be global vehicles — and the sales potential of North America joining the 180 countries in which the Ranger is already sold by 2019, it could be a profitable option for the Blue Oval to consider.

The initial response of Ford Performance’s chief engineer, Tyrone Johnson, to a Ford Ranger Raptor ute was “we don’t comment on future product”.

But clearly the idea of a beefed-up, bullet-proof Ranger Raptor is one that’s not lost on the decision makers at Ford.

“One thing that is true for us, and perhaps less true for others looking at some of the hardware they have: everything we do has to have a solid business case.

“We don’t do products that lose money or break even,” he said.

This begs the question, would an aggressively styled, top-shelf, go-fast Ranger have global appeal and would it be profitable for the brand? Johnson was evasive but didn’t deny that logic of the argument, particularly as Ranger is headed to the US in a few years.

“If it makes money, if there’s a business case, then I’m sure the people responsible for it are discussing it,” he posited, before offering: “Sure, it could be considered.”

Would you be tempted by a pumped-up, more powerful Ford Ranger flagship – potentially powered by a V6 turbo-petrol engine – positioned abover the current $57,890 Wildtrak (pictured)? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The 3.5L TT would be a total monster in a smaller sized Bronco. I'm not sure they go that aggressive for the base model but it'd be a good way to save costs and the F-150 should be due for a new engine by the time the new Bronco were to hit the market.
 
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The 3.5L TT would be a total monster in a smaller sized Bronco. I'm not sure they go that aggressive for the base model but it'd be a good way to save costs and the F-150 should be due for a new engine by the time the new Bronco were to hit the market.
What do you mean base model? They could have a base engine and also a Ford Bronco Raptor with the monster engine from the F150 Raptor no?
 

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LOL the car is still 3-4 years from hitting dealers and we're already speculating on a Ford Bronco Raptor?! Crazy... but I LOVE IT! :D
 

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Just my opinion but there's probably a better chance of the Ranger/Bronco getting the 2.7L EB and I'd be perfectly happy with that. That engine is now being used in the F-150, Edge and Fusion. It is extremely compact and powerful, rated at 325 hp and 375 lb ft in the F-150. That is significantly more than the 4.6L V8 in my '07 Sport Trac which I would assume to be very similar in size and weight to the current and (hopefully) future Ranger. Although I have made a few minor intake/exhaust mods to my Sport Trac the 4.6L makes for a more than adequate drivetrain in that size truck and I have to believe the 2.7L would be even better.
 
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Just my opinion but there's probably a better chance of the Ranger/Bronco getting the 2.7L EB and I'd be perfectly happy with that. That engine is now being used in the F-150, Edge and Fusion. It is extremely compact and powerful, rated at 325 hp and 375 lb ft in the F-150. That is significantly more than the 4.6L V8 in my '07 Sport Trac which I would assume to be very similar in size and weight to the current and (hopefully) future Ranger. Although I have made a few minor intake/exhaust mods to my Sport Trac the 4.6L makes for a more than adequate drivetrain in that size truck and I have to believe the 2.7L would be even better.
I agree, I do not think the Bronco will get the Raptor engine but the 2.7 EB is definitely possible.
 

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Am I the only one who is skeptical of the eco-boost for long-term vehicles? I've only driven an Eco once, when the F-Alumna50 was coming out Ford toured the US w/ demos and I got to drive one at Tractor Supply in my hometown. It's where I fell in love w/ the light green (Jade, I believe color). The truck was bada** smoooooooth, plenty of power, loved it.

But if you're like me and my family we drive ALOT. Grew up in rural Texas but always went to school and worked in the cities. For instance now I drive right around 104 miles round-trip everyday. We end up racking up quite a few miles on our rigs. And in this day and age when a truck cost north of 40k well we tend to hold on to them for 200,000 miles or so.

With that being said, are eco's even lasting that long? Do they turn into forced inductions emission nightmares? Both my dad and my best friend ended up getting F150s w/ the 5.0 kind've thinking along the same lines I was/am. I can see it in a diesel where RPMs are low, low boost (about 10 psi-ish, agreed?), etc. But to eek out so much power outta 6 cylinder gas motor?!? What's the boost like on an average eco-boost 6 cyl? Are these motors hitting 200k w/o any major issues?

Or am I an old, fussy, geezer resistant to change (despite being in my 30s)? :p

As for future vehicles (including the Bronco) I think it's inevitable. All signs point towards a Bronco sharing the Ranger chassis and drivetrain, since presumably they'll be made in the same factory in Michigan. If that's truly the case then an 8 cylinder is more than likely not even going to be an option.

As for the Raptor's eco, I dunno. Bronco would get Ranger's drivetrain sooooo, assumedly F150-based-Raptor drivetrain is a no-go. I do recall reading something about a SVT Ranger though, mini-raptor type truck; although I don't recall the drivetrain.

I think it's likely we'll see some sort of SVT Bronco assuming it all plays out.
 

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Think about some of those Subaru turbos that have been beat on for hundreds of thousands of miles. I'm more concerned about electronics and emissions wizardary than the hard parts of the motor. If there are issues with the hard parts, they usually cure them by the next or third model year, like the new 6.7 diesel. The rocker arms needed beefed up and a few other small tweaks .... but a broken rocker arm cost you a motor.... ouch!
 

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Save yourself some money and get 2.7. Especially if you’re thinking Of owning bronco raptor In the future. Just get the 2.7 and be done with it and you can chip it later and get more performance out of it.
 

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Uh, welcome to 2016. ;)
 

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I agree, I do not think the Bronco will get the Raptor engine but the 2.7 EB is definitely possible.
Am I missing something? The Bronco already has the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 as an option across the trim levels.
 
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