Ford Ranger Raptor to Kick Up Dust Storm in US

Great article on the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford’s Raptor program capitalized on the growing off-road trend and turned it into a showroom special. Kicking up a dust storm with the wildly successful Ford F-150 Raptor, the desert-charging package became an instant success and helped make the argument for a few spinoffs.

Ford’s team in Australia likely gazed at the expansive Outback and started working on its own Raptor based on the Ford Ranger. The first-generation Ranger Raptor debuted for the 2019 model year and did not make its way to the truck-frenzied US, partly because Ford brand managers feared it would overlap with the enormously popular F-150 Raptor.