Ford fans, your prayers have finally been answered! The Blue Oval has confirmed it will be introducing a Ranger Raptor in 2018, as confirmed by this teaser posted by Ford Australia. The Ranger Raptor is being called the “ultimate performance off-road truck” by the brand, and the attached video certainly looks to reinforce that claim.

In it, we see a Ranger Raptor prototype undergo some vigorous testing in the Australian Outback, with plenty of jumps, slides and other exciting manoeuvres. See how hard the suspension is working at the 30-second mark? And that big jump with the helicopter about nine seconds after that?

For now, technical specifications of the pick-up truck are still unknown, including what is going on under the hood. The 3.5 litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 from the larger F-150 Raptor certainly appears to be a noteworthy option, with 450 hp and 691 Nm of torque on tap.

In the interest of hierarchy, the smaller 2.7 litre EcoBoost V6 from the non-Raptor F-150 is also a possibility. The powerplant serves up 325 hp and 542 Nm of torque, and is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the same with the 3.5 litre unit.

The Australian-market Ranger is available with two turbodiesel engine options – 3.2 litre and 2.2 litre – the smaller of the two offering 158 hp and 385 Nm. The 3.2 litre unit meanwhile, serves up 197 hp and 470 Nm, and could be uprated for Raptor duty.

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