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Ford Ranger Raptor could soon be hopping dunes alongside F-150 in America

It will receive a twin-turbocharged, 325-horsepower V6 engine

Ford chose not to sell the Ranger Raptor (pictured) in the United States because it decided American motorists seeking a quick truck riding on a Baja-ready suspension can take home an F-150. It has changed its mind, according to a recent report, and it’s preparing an America-bound variant of the next baby Raptor tentatively due out in 2021.

Engineers are currently developing the pickup, which will be twinned with the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok. It’s being designed with the American market in mind from the get-go. As we’ve previously reported, the fact that we confirmed there are North American employees working on the truck suggests it’s coming here.

Australian website CarExpert posted a screenshot of what looks like a Raptor test mule’s build sheet. The VIN displayed on the screen corresponds to a 2021 Ranger (so a 2022 model in the United States) powered by a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that spins the four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Although the six’s output isn’t listed, the publication believes Ford will use two turbochargers to dial in 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. In comparison, the current Ranger’s 2.3-liter turbo four makes 270 horses and 310 pound-feet of twist, while Hennessey’s limited-edition VelociRaptor increases these numbers to 360 and 440, respectively.

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