The outdated 2.3L “Lima” four-cylinder engine, when turbocharged correctly, are eye-opening little monsters that may take gorgeous quantities of enhance and keep collectively underneath strain. Present in every thing from European Ford fashions just like the Taunus, Sierra, and the Brazillian-market Mavericks to Pintos, Couriers, Fox physique automobiles and even Aerostar minivans, the Lima motor had a great, lengthy life and enjoys a fantastic popularity.
This Ranger doesn’t run a Lima 2.three. As a substitute, the noise you might be listening to is a Duratec 2.3L 4. What’s the distinction? For starters, the Duratec mill is a Mazda design, the “L” engine. In the event you’ve pushed a later mannequin Ranger or B-series pickup truck, Focus, or a Mazda car just like the Mazda3, Mazda5, or Mazda6, you’ve most likely encountered this mill. They’re sufficient and get the job carried out positive sufficient, however let’s speak in regards to the turbocharged model that confirmed up within the Mazdaspeed3 and Mazdaspeed6. 263 horsepower and 280 ft/lbs of torque from the manufacturing facility with a 16-valve head and twin camshafts made for nice enjoyable. We’ve seen dyno footage of this engine, tuned, making over 500 to the entrance hubs…it’s a lot able to pushing this stick-shifted Ranger down the observe!
(Due to Vertigo for the tip!)
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