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Ford working on V8-powered Ranger Raptor?

Earlier rumors point to a high-output EcoBoost V6 for the US market.

Ford is reportedly working on a Ranger Raptor variant that will be powered by the company's venerable 5.0-liter Coyote V8.

WhichCar suggests the Blue Oval's Australian division has launched a project that will replace the Ranger Raptor's four-cylinder diesel mill with the larger gasoline powerplant, potentially approaching the Mustang GT's 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

Americans patiently waiting for the Ranger Raptor may be disappointed to hear that the V8-powered variant is believed to be an Australia exclusive, as the swap requires extensive modifications that may conflict with US safety standards.

The report comes as a bit of a surprise, as Ford is rumored to be developing the next-gen Ranger Raptor with a choice between diesel and gasoline powerplants. The latter is said to be a high-output twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, consistent with the larger Raptor.

If the Australian report is accurate, a V8 Ranger would seem to flip the Raptor hierarchy unless Ford is also considering returning a V8 to the full-size truck. Such a project seems increasingly likely as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brings the Ram Rebel TRX to market with a 575-horsepower Hellcat V8 under the hood.

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