Bronco Says Yes: Ford previews Raptor-ized version of its burly off-roader
More power, more capability, more aggression
As further proof that competition is a good thing for consumers, Ford is ready to pull the trigger on a mean-looking Bronco Raptor. These images were posted by fan forum Bronco Nation , who were apparently invited by Ford to have an exclusive look at the Blue Oval plan to steal even more of Jeep’s lunch money.
Decked out in revealing skin-tight camo, the Bronco Raptor is noticeably burlier than other trims, even ones equipped with the Sasquatch package. Wheel arches are flared like your author’s nostrils the first time he tried real Mexican food, and those are indeed factory-fitted 37-inch tires. The latter is surely in response to the Wrangler’s new Xtreme Recon package which has 35-inch tires and can be opted on several trims of that model.
It would appear those flares are vented, and the appearance of marker lights in the grille (which trades BRONCO lettering for a large FORD billboard) suggest a running width in excess of 80 inches. Badlands-style three-piece bumpers are on board, along with the instantly recognizable front corner sighting markers, and a set of metal running boards with which one can heave themselves aboard this beast.
Powertrain details are a question mark for now, though Bronco Nation suggests an EcoBoost engine making at least 350 horsepower. Given the stock 2.7L mill makes 310 ponies, we’d say that’s grossly understated. While no one should expect the 400 hp 5.0L V8 from SEMA’s Bronco DR race truck, a 375 or 385 horse EcoBoost is not unreasonable to postulate. Expect a ten-speed automatic and all the off-road goodies — disconnecting sway bar and rear dig Trail Turn Assist, for starters. It also wouldn’t be a Raptor without a snarling Ford Performance exhaust capable of waking the dead in five counties.
Price? On sale date? We can only speculate on those details, though a 2022 debut is likely in the cards.