In the last few days, we’ve spotted a next-gen, right-hand-drive 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor prototype driving around both by itself and alongside a Ford Bronco Warthog prototype in the U.S. In our most recent spy shots from just a couple of days ago, we could see that the Ranger Raptor prototype was wearing “street sweeper” camouflage to disguise its rear suspension, which made us wonder if the new model would utilize a coil spring setup. Now, we have new photos that confirm this fact.
The new photos give us a good look at the underside of the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor, where we can see its coil spring suspension. This isn’t a major surprise, of course, given the fact that the current-gen Ranger Raptor also utilizes a rear coil spring suspension, but it’s notable nonetheless. The news also comes on the heels of yesterday’s 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor reveal, where Ford made quite a big deal about the fact that it is running a rear coil spring suspension for the first time.
There are several benefits that a coil spring rear suspension provides over a traditional leaf spring setup. A coil-spring rear suspension provides better articulation over obstacles, reduces friction in the spring system, weighs significantly less than a comparable leaf spring system, and provides better ride quality and handling prowess than leaf spring setups.
Unlike the current model, the next-gen 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is expected to be sold in the U.S. and is rumored to be powered by Ford’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6. In its hottest current form, the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 produces 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of how much power it makes in the Ranger Raptor, the 2.7 will likely be backed up by Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, as is the case with the current U.S.-spec Ranger.
The next-gen Ranger is expected to launch in 2022 for the 2023 model year, and will reportedly continue to ride on the Ford T6 platform, like the current model and the 2021 Ford Bronco, albeit with some modifications.