Can you make more power in the new 2019 Ford Ranger by simply adding premium fuel? The answer is reportedly – yes.
We already know that Ford carefully tuned Ranger’s 2.3L Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder engine for truck duty. It has many unique components that differentiate the engine from the one that is also in the Ford Mustang, although the two share the aluminum block and much of the architecture.
Ranger’s engine has a 10:1 compression ratio and a rating of 270 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and 310 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm. The engine is tuned to accept basic 87-octane fuel. A report from our friends at Autoguide.com says that the same engine is capable of producing “closer to 300 horses” by using premium fuel (presumably 93-octane).
This makes a lot of sense. Ford generally lists the maximum power ratings for all of their turbocharged and most regular gasolines engines with “93-octane”. Why no advertise the full 300 horsepower for the Ranger on premium fuel? We reached to Ford for more details on this, and we will get back to you when we hear more.
We are doing more testing on the new Ford Ranger: acceleration and fuel economy runs. Please stay tuned for more.