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Ford Ranger "Power Pack Performance Calibration" Unlocks 45 More Horsepower

With 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque right off the bat, the Ranger is pretty potent for a mid-size pickup truck. Add the 10-speed automatic transmission to the mix – which is also standard – and you’re treated to one of the best configurations in this segment. The thing is, the Ranger can kick it up a notch without voiding the automaker’s warranty in the process of upgrading the 2.3-liter EcoBoost.
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Coming courtesy of Ford Performance, the “2019 – 2020 Ranger EcoBoost Power Pack Performance Calibration” is exactly what the name implies. The upgrade kit consists of a K&N air filter that goes into the bone-stock air filter box, the ProCal 4 calibration tool, a ProCal 4 voucher, as well as an emissions exception.

That’s quite a list for $825, more so if you remember that the high-flow air filter is washable, reusable, and backed by a 10-year or 10-million-mile limited warranty. The ProCal 4 on its own is $450 on Ford Performance’s website, easily plugging into the OBD II port of the vehicle for calibration and data logging.

50-state legal and dyno-tested by the Blue Oval, the calibration that comes with this upgrade kit promises 45 more horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 60 more pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. That works out to 315 and 370, respectively, meaning that the Ford Mustang with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is 5 horsepower and 20 pound-feet of torque down on the Ranger with the re-flashed engine control unit.

Ford Performance recommends only premium fuel to unlock this kind of performance from the four-cylinder turbo, and tire sizes can go up to 265 by 70 by 17 inches as recommended with the Ranger Off-Road Suspension Leveling Kit. The latter option is $1,495 and it fits 4WD trucks.

Customers are eligible for the three-year/36,000-mile warranty from Ford Performance only if the performance re-flash is done at an authorized dealership. The Blue Oval doesn’t mention a thing about fuel economy, though it’s more than obvious that more suck-squeeze-bang-blow will translate to fewer MPG.

For the 2020 model year, the most fuel-efficient Ranger is the 2WD at 21 miles per gallon in the city, 26 out on the highway, and 23 on the combined driving cycle. Opting for 4WD will get you 22 miles per gallon combined.

 
 
 
 
 

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