There is now a way to get more power and acceleration from the 2019 Ford Ranger and its 2.3L EcoBoost I4 turbocharged engine & 10-speed automatic transmission. 5 Star Tuning is finalizing several software performance tunes for Ford’s new midsize truck, and test the truck at a drag strip for 0-60 MPH and 1/8-mile.
Tuned Ford Ranger
Ford rates the 2.3L turbo on 87-octane gasoline at 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque at the crank. The guys at 5 Star Tuning go up to 93-octane for a base run and tuning on the dyno. When we visited their HQ in Florence, SC – the Ranger in stock tune with 93-octane put down 255 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The truck you see here has all stock hardware components: air intake, exhaust, suspension, and all.
We took it to the drag strip to make a few runs in stock form. The soloDL GPS tool registered a 7.44 second 0-60 MPH in 4-wheel-drive and traction/stability control system disabled.
The 5 Star customized 93-octane performance tune got loaded in via the Hp Tuners device. The dyno results showed a big increase in horsepower and torque between 3,000 – 5,000 rpm.
The tune does not just adjust the engine timing and parameters, the tuned program also adjusts how the transmission behaves in different driving modes. You can either get firmer shifts or a highway fuel-saving mode as well.
The results at the track were pretty huge for a relatively heavy Ranger crew cab 4×4 (measured curb weight: 4,500 lbs). The 0-60 MPH result was a 5.49 seconds. The truck picked up 1.1 seconds in 1/8-mile at 8.8 second run after the tune.
The launch procedure remained the same for all stock or tuned runs: 4-wheel-drive, stability/traction control off, and brake torquing it at around 2,200 rpm.
- 0-60 MPH: 7.44 sec -> 5.49 sec
- 1/8 mile: 9.91 sec -> 8.80 sec
If you are interested in getting more performance from a new Ford Ranger – you can go directly here for pricing. 5 Star have tunes for many other trucks and engine/transmission combinations.