The long-awaited Ford Ranger Raptor has finally reached the shores of the United States and Canada. While the initial generation was a unique diesel midsize truck, the latest version revs up with a high-powered twin-turbo V6 engine, also seen in the powerful Bronco Raptor. But, keen-eyed Ford enthusiasts might question: is the Ranger Raptor available internationally identical to the North American version? Mostly, the answer is yes, but some distinct differences set them apart.
- USA/Canada Model: Uses the newly launched BFGoodrich KO3 tire, boasting 33-inches in diameter.
- Global Model: Started with the well-regarded BFGoodrich KO2 tire, a popular choice also seen on vehicles like the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Super Duty Tremor, Ford Bronco Raptor, and even some personal trucks.
General Motors has also caught onto the BFG KO3 trend, featuring it in their upcoming GMC Sierra HD AT4X and Chevrolet Silverado HD ZR2 models. Carl Widmann, Ford Performance’s chief engineer, highlighted that the KO3 tire is unique to the U.S. launch, and a shift in the bumper design can be expected. There might also be slight variations in the mirror designs across regions.
BFGoodrich, now a Michelin subsidiary, emphasizes that the KO3 tire is an enhancement over the earlier KO2 model. It promises better traction, longevity, and overall performance. However, users are advised against mixing KO3 and KO2 tires on the same vehicle.
Engine and Emissions
The 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor designed for the USA and Canada sports the same engine configuration from its 3.0L EcoBoost V6 as its international counterparts, churning out 405 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. Emission calibrations for the North American model align with those for the Australian and Middle Eastern versions. However, the European Union’s stricter environmental regulations demand a more enhanced catalytic converter.
For those in Mexico, the Ford Ranger Raptor is already available and mirrors the model distributed in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and other regions. Interestingly, these vehicles are all manufactured in Thailand and then exported worldwide. In contrast, the Ranger Raptor destined for the USA and Canada is assembled in Wayne, Michigan, right beside the iconic Ford Bronco SUV.
While the Ford Ranger Raptor has a global presence, regional variations, especially in tire selection, production locations, and emission standards, make each version unique in its own right.