Ford considering V8 for the Ranger?
A spy pic uploaded to Aussie media last week seems to indicate Ford is thinking about adding a V8 to the Ranger line-up.
On the face of it, the Ranger in the picture doesn’t look like much. There’s an exhaust pipe exiting towards the right-hand side similar to American models and no engine badges anywhere. However, the person who sent the image in said that the sound was unmistakably that of a V8.
But does that mean Ford is actually considering beefing up the Ranger’s power plant?
While the T6 Ranger has been around for yonks, it only launched in North America last year. It debuted there with a 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine rather than the diesels we get, so it could be that American buyers are crying out for V8 power, loud enough for Ford to consider its options. Given T6 engineering is largely done in Ford Australia’s Campbellfield office, Ford NA might have palmed off testing duties to the Aussies.
Additionally, the Ranger Raptor destined for the North American market might be getting a 2.7-litre Ecoboost petrol V6 instead of the biturbo diesel unit we receive. However, the presence of the V8 test mule means the V6 could be a replacement for the 2.3-litre engine, with the V8 being reserved for the Raptor.
Whatever the case, Ford is remaining tight-lipped about it. Ford AU said, when asked, that it “doesn’t comment on speculation.” If the V8 Ranger does happen, will it be a North American exclusive or could it make it here too?