The old 2.3L “Lima” four-cylinder engine, when turbocharged properly, are eye-opening little monsters that can take stunning amounts of boost and stay together under pressure. Found in everything from European Ford models like the Taunus, Sierra, and the Brazillian-market Mavericks to Pintos, Couriers, Fox body cars and even Aerostar minivans, the Lima motor had a good, long life and enjoys a great reputation.
This Ranger does not run a Lima 2.3. Instead, the noise you are hearing is a Duratec 2.3L four. What is the difference? For starters, the Duratec mill is a Mazda design, the “L” engine. If you’ve driven a later model Ranger or B-series pickup truck, Focus, or a Mazda vehicle like the Mazda3, Mazda5, or Mazda6, you’ve probably encountered this mill. They’re adequate and get the job done fine enough, but let’s talk about the turbocharged version that showed up in the Mazdaspeed3 and Mazdaspeed6. 263 horsepower and 280 ft/lbs of torque from the factory with a 16-valve head and dual camshafts made for great fun. We’ve seen dyno footage of this engine, tuned, making over 500 to the front hubs…it’s plenty capable of pushing this stick-shifted Ranger down the track!
(Thanks to Vertigo for the tip!)