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I have to admit I had to check if this was posted April 1st....


2026 Ford Mustang Raptor Will Be a Trail-Prepped Pony Car with a 5.0L V-8
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From the May 2023 issue of Car and Driver.

This infatuation with turning everything into an off-roader has gone off the trails. Porsche turned the iconic 911 into the dirt-spewing Dakar. Lamborghini is ready to get down and dirty, not with the Urus SUV, but with the 602-hp Huracán Sterrato. Even Toyota's Sienna Woodland Edition, a lifted minivan, has found a new way to make kids regurgitate chicken nuggets. Now Ford is adding to the craze.

Deep within Ford's Dearborn headquarters, there's a mindset to Raptorize everything. Going full desert racer with the F-150 was the godfather of the concept. The Bronco Raptor that followed was a no-brainer. That the philosophy trickles down to the upcoming Ranger Raptor makes sense. Even giving the treatment to the Explorer and Expedition doesn't seem far off. But to turn the Mustang into a trail-prepped coupe seems like a stretch. Or is it?

We should've seen this coming years ago when we noticed splined front hubs on the sixth-generation Mustang. Naturally, we anticipated all-wheel drive in the future to enable blistering acceleration, not to turn the backwoods into rally circuits.

Though just about any of Ford's many engines will nestle into the Mustang's engine bay, the Raptor's offering will be what Bronco enthusiasts are pining for: a nearly 500-hp 5.0-liter V-8. Sorry, folks, no manual-transmission option here. Also, don't expect a two-speed transfer case. To make the most of the limited space in the drive tunnel, a 10-speed automatic will route torque to all four wheels through an electronically controlled center differential. Of course, a Mustang Raptor R with a 700-plus-hp supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 will arrive sometime later—because why not?

Keeping true to the Raptor heritage, Fox Live Valve dampers will pad the landings when it's time to get all Bo and Luke Duke. Bespoke suspension components and elongated springs will provide a 2.0-inch lift, and an abundant number of underbody bash plates will protect the Mustang's vitals from harm. All-terrain tires will tuck into the cladding-protected fenders.

As the seventh-generation Mustang reaches dealerships later this fall and the inevitable street-oriented performance models follow, the Raptor variant should arrive in 2026. Like all Raptors, it won't come cheap, but it'll cost a lot less than a lifted Lamborghini. The limited run of off-road Mustangs should start around $90,000, expect to pay more for mudflaps.

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STEVE KRAUSS

In February 1992, long before anyone at Ford dreamed of an off-road Mustang, C/D conducted a mustang-versus-Mustang test that pitted an equine member against a Fox-body Mustang GT convertible on a dirt track. Tang the mare ran the quarter in 34.3 seconds at 25 mph; the Mustang GT did it in 17.0 seconds at 89 mph. Based on its as-tested price, the horse won.
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im sure some crazy person out there will make an S650 off-roader, but i doubt Ford would sell one
 

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I've seen that rendering. It was done by an artist on IG...nothing to do with Ford.
 


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We've heard rumors that they want to turn Mustang into a brand but I didn't see that coming... I thought the demand for those 'all terrain' cars was gone a couple of years ago after all major German manufacturers created large and heavy touring cars that only a handful of boomer bought...
 

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This would be freaking wild. But I have a hard time seeing it happening.
 

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make it a Mach-E derivative and I'd believe you weren't on drugs.
 

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Porsche did it with the 911 Dakar.

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Yep, it's mentioned in the article alongside the Huracan spin-off called the Sterrato

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Imo this is the most baller thing you can do to a sports car despite how exceedingly niche-as-fook they are

Singer makes a boat load of dream cars I'd buy and their ACS is one of them

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Ford has a history of making Chad level limited edition models that resonate with enthusiasts at the right time so despite this article being *COMPLETELY SOURCLESS* this is one of those bonkers ideas that I see being market-feasible

Think about it, Ford has solid pedigree built in the Raptor name and people eat these frankenstein builds like hot cakes. Fuck it, I'd consider one

PS - assuming they keep the tag south of 70
 

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Lol at 70… 250k or more would be closer, think of the desert racer broncos… 250k to start… this would be like them.
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Lol at 70… 250k or more would be closer, think of the desert racer broncos… 250k to start… this would be like them.
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there's a canyon-sized difference between making something "rally inspired" and "Dakar-competition-ready"
 

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as much as i would absolutely adore the idea of this coming true, i'm not holding my breath. i'm cynical of most all news/article sites because they do stuff like this, taking an unrelated picture and making it sound official without saying it is so they can get more clicks and get paid for the ads that take up 80% of the network data from the site. imo it's worse than a fair few salesperson tactics.
 
 




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