The News for February 25th, 2022

This was obviously not a normal week. Not a whole lot of manufacturers were doing news releases for the second half of the week for reasons we’re all painfully aware of by now. But there were a few stories that weren’t depressing as hell and are still worth covering. Let’s jump in.

Ford Ranger Raptor

International markets (as in, everyone but North America) are nearing the launch of the next-generation Ford Ranger. It appears to be a substantial overhaul of an aging platform that’s been around in some form since 2011. With modern Ford truck styling cues and some inspiration taken from the Maverick inside, it should be a major improvement over what we have now. Another part of the Ranger that’s getting a massive upgrade is the Raptor version.

And shortly after its global debut, Ford CEO Jim Farley confirmed both versions of the new Ranger would launch in North America next year. So there’s our excuse to care about it.

This new Ranger Raptor follows the same formula that’s made the Raptor family extremely popular over the years. It’s got a plethora of off road upgrades and an appropriate design attitude to go with it. It features unique chassis upgrades with a series of mounts and reinforcements all throughout the truck to ensure it can take a proper beating. Its suspension is completely redesigned with tough, lightweight aluminum upper and lower control arms, long travel front and rear suspension, and a refined Watt’s link rear end for more control across rough terrain at speed. These upgrades help the Raptor to make the most of its next-generation FOX 2.5-inch Live Valve Internal Bypass shock absorbers. These are adjustable and linked to the Raptor’s selectable drive modes. Ford used this adjustability to provide bottom-out protection (where it can provide maximum damping force in the last 25% of shock travel) and reduce squat under hard acceleration.

And it will be accelerating hard because the Ranger Raptor finally has some proper power. The last-gen truck had to make due with a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged diesel with specs that weren’t hugely impressive. This new one features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 with an impressive 392 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. For those keeping track, that’s way more power and torque than the 5.4L V8 that the original Raptors came with and very close to what was offered by the upgraded 6.2L V8s later on. That sort of power in a Ranger is going to be insane. Those who want all the torque can still opt for a BiTurbo 2.0L diesel, though specs on that haven’t been released yet.

The Ranger Raptor will have two 17″ wheel designs to choose from, one with beadlock capability. Each will be wrapped in BFGoodrich KO2 tires for extreme off road performance. To help clear space for that much rubber, the fenders are flared. Its Raptor-ness is further cemented by functional vents, aero features, cast aluminum side steps, and redesigned bumpers front and rear to aid the truck’s departure and approach angles.

Pricing and launch date info is not available yet. I’d imagine we’ll be seeing more info about the US versions of both Rangers later this year. They’ll take reservations and then maybe deliver your truck in two years.

[Source: Ford]

Morgan Super 3

It’s not often that we get to talk about something new from Morgan. This time it’s a successor to the beloved and extraordinarily weird Morgan 3 Wheeler. It’s called the Super 3 and it’s a totally new car from the ground up. It’s the latest in a very long line of three-wheeled Morgan vehicles with a history spanning 113 years.

The Super 3 is the first in company history to be built on a true monocoque platform. Bonded aluminum with stressed exterior “A-surfaces” provides a lighter and more rigid chassis while also maximizing cabin space. Another benefit is that it now matches the same crash safety regulations as their four-wheeled cars. This more advanced construction ties into the inspiration designers had for the Super 3.

In contrast to the 3 Wheeler which was an homage to the V-twin-engined cars of the 1920s, the Super 3 is inspired by the jet age of the mid-to-late century, “in which there was a logical relationship between function and form, as the horizons of imagination were broadened”. One quick glance at the overall shape is enough to make the connection. There are loads of finer details as well that make it a stunning piece of automotive design.

Their choice of power is a 1.5-liter NA three-cylinder gas engine supplied by Ford. Morgan first used a Ford engine in 1933, so the two companies already have some history together. This motor produces 118 bhp at 6,500 RPM which is more than enough for a car with a dry weight of just 1,400 lbs. With a five-speed manual from an MX-5 sending power to the rear wheels, it can hit 0-62 mph in 7 seconds flat, which must feel ridiculous in a car like that.

The Super 3 is available to order now from Morgan dealers in the UK, Europe, America, and other select countries. UK and EU customers get theirs first, followed by America, Japan, Australia, and wherever else they sell them to later this year. UK pricing for the Super 3 starts at £41,995. You can play around with the configurator on their website. The level of customization is pretty insane. You can personalize nearly every aspect of it all the way down to having a custom callsign for the driver and copilot. That’s a feature I’d use well.

[Source: Morgan]

DeLorean might be coming back

A new DeLorean EV is allegedly debuting at Pebble Beach this year, if you feel like putting your faith in a venture that Jalopnik has raised some concerns about. Assuming it’s not a load of crap, the new EV is a “spiritual successor” of the DMC-12 from a company that calls themselves DeLorean Motors Reimagined. It’ll have its signature gull-wing doors and some sort of futuristic, low-slung shape to it. If they want to go for ultra realism, they’d also make it slow as hell and sell some drugs behind the scenes.

We’ll bring you more as we get it.

[Sources: Autoblog, Jalopnik]

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That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

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9 responses to “The News for February 25th, 2022”

  1. outback_ute Avatar

    The new Ranger will have a 3.0 V6 TD which will presumably go into the Raptor, outside North America many buyers won’t consider anything but a diesel.

    May I call BS on Morgan’s “matches four wheel car crash safety” claim – this includes side impact where your elbow is one of the first things to be hit? Or does the “compared to their cars” caveat indicate something disturbing about their existing cars?

    No real news here other than seeing some petrol stations (not all) putting the price over $2/L for the first time ever

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Well it looks like it won’t have a diesel after all, which will be interesting, eg real world fuel consumption… One long-term review of the current model talked about 21mpg average dropping to 17 towing a camper trailer; normal diesel Rangers should do several mpg better than that (over 25) because apart from the offroad setup the Raptor gains 400lb or more.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Remember the Geo Metro Police Interceptor?

  3. Salguod Avatar

    My E46 went to a new home last week. My coworker ended up buying it, hopefully it doesn’t break any time soon or I’ll never hear the end of it.

    The Boxster hunt is on, currently eying a 1998 which seems well cared for and very clean, but is 5 hours away. Trying to get enough info to make a deal, pending an inspection by a local European car shop. If I do, then next weekend I’ll rent a trailer and go get it.

    I’ve never done a remote deal like this before, a bit nervous about it. But Boxsters are a bit thin right now and once more are available in the spring, I imagine the prices will go up.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Interesting with the Ranger coming to the US after being introduced abroad; like the Focus did in 1998-99. And maybe other cars, too?

    We just came home from winter vacation, and I got a most intriguing phone call while away. A car collector in Eastern Norway wants to buy the Centennial. I told him the car has been at my friend’s shop for maintenance for elleven months (sighs), and I’ll email him a good description of the car’s condition later. I love the car, but maybe I’m not the right custodian for something that special. Looking forward to see how convincing his offer will be.

    1. smaglik Avatar

      Was that supposed to be Helleven months?

      I hope this works out for you. It would be a good way to move along from something that may have been too big a meal for you.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Yeah, I agree; my plan initially was to do all the maintenance myself, then I was convinced to give the car to him for properly done work and now…all the joy is kind of gone here. A smaller bite size might be the better choice. Not sure if a Century fits the bill, seeing it was my initial choice, but I feel like I have all the time in the world to decide.

  5. smaglik Avatar

    No news on my end. Got to drive the red wagon in a whole bunch of snow, and that was fun. That was it!

  6. Lokki Avatar

    Ended up getting a new lease 2022 530i BMW. For those not familiar with 21st Century BMW nomenclature this is the bottom level engine (in the U.S. anyhow). Somehow 530 now decodes to a 2 liter straight four, albeit with 16 valves, dohc, and a turbo. It’s good for 248 HP. With the 8 speed auto, it’s fast enough for my needs but not very powerful by today’s standards. The car I got is almost identical to the car I got rid of. I had figured on factory ordering a car (maybe a 540??) since I figured there would be no discounts available anyhow but that turned out to be too expensive ($300 more a month at a minimum) and a bit sketchy on how it would take to build and what might or might not be on it when it arrived. It seems that current 3 Series are being delivered without fully functioning power passenger seats because: lack of chips, and there are reports of cars arriving without some other features although those seem to vary.

    So a car already on the lot or keeping driving my current car by buying out the lease?

    Keeping it wasn’t really desirable for me as it would mean keeping it after free service and potentially warranty expiration – something I don’t like in today’s tech heavy BMW’s. It makes me nervous. Further my 2019 has its highest value TODAY and keeping it would mean keeping it till the the market rationalizes and then by definition it’s just another old out of warranty BMW. The magic of scarcity expires when supply increases again. So what can the dealer do for me with a car already have on the lot? Now here’s where things got interesting. They only had ONE 530i in the place. It was in the show room. Hmmm. But: the dealership is capped by company policy against “additional dealer markup” on new cars…no more than list. However, they are NOT capped on the pricing of used cars. There, since value is assigned individually dependent on the vehicle, they can charge what the market will bear. My “trade in”/lease return is in excellent condition with very low mileage – 9K miles after 3 years (THANKS COVID!) so they were lusting after my car. Now, I’ve had the same sales guy for 15? years now, and he was pretty honest (for a car salesman) about the situation. The dealership was “discounting” the 2022 showroom car for me since they could make up for that by profit from my 2019.

    I still ended up $120 a month over the lease I returned but for the current times not horrible, and the 2022 has a few things not on the old one: the superior sound system, pearlized paint, and nicer leather, so at least I can somewhat rationalize the increase.

    Where it gets interesting is that my 2019 is already on the dealer’s website as a CPO car… for $11,000 more than the lease payoff price and $11,000 less than its exact 2022 replacement’s list price. Now, Carvanna, et al would have only given me $2800 above lease payoff, and I hate doing private sales for large-number things like cars. Too many potential headaches.

    Oh, and only half kidding I got “the last 530i” in Dallas. The dealer literally has no more in stock, and this whole Russian gambit, has them worried (according to my sales guy) about supply chain problems further impacting production this summer. I have checked their site and they have no more 530is at all. I suppose other dealers might, but after 15 years I don’t want to break in a new salesman and lose my repeat customer status fwiw. In any case the same supply situation is facing them, and I can’t imagine them having any better incentive to bargain.

    So, anyhow it’s a wild time out there and I have no idea if I made the right move or not, frankly, butvit was an interesting experience.