It will have a "Ford" script on the grille much like the F-150 Raptor, a wider track with available 37-inch tires, Fox dampers from the Raptor truck, and it's expected to use a 450-hp twin-turbo V-6.
The Bronco Raptor will be on sale by the end of next year as a 2023 model starting in the mid-$60,000 range.
Ford just confirmed that the high-performance Bronco Raptor will arrive next year, showing a glimpse at the "Ford" script in its grille, and our illustration shows what the aggressive Baja-ready SUV could look like. Earlier rumors and trademark filings suggested that the more capable Bronco would take the Warthog name, but now we know that it'll follow in the F-150 Raptor's footsteps, and it could be joined by the Ranger Raptor in the U.S. soon as well.
The Bronco Raptor will make the Sasquatch package look like a Power Wheels. It'll ride higher than the standard SUV, likely even more so than the Sasquatch-equipped Broncos, which ride on 35-inch tall rubber and are equipped with Bilstein dampers. Raptors will be fitted with Fox Live Wire adaptive dampers, the twin-tube bypass technology from the F-150 Raptor, and 37-inch BFGoodrich K02 All-Terrain tires will be available along with standard 35s. We also noticed beefier axles and a rear anti-roll bar on numerous test vehicles caught by our spy photographers. This setup will allow the Bronco Raptor to traverse uneven terrain at high speeds.
It's unlikely that Ford will shove a V-8 in the Bronco Raptor, even though the Jeep Wrangler 392 is equipped with a 470-hp 6.4-liter V-8. We expect the Bronco Raptor will use the same twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 as the F-150 Raptor, which produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque in the pickup. A 10-speed automatic transmission will be the only option. Currently, a 310-hp 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 is the Bronco's most powerful engine, and a manual gearbox is available on the less powerful turbo four.
Although the standard Bronco is available with a soft top and as a two-door model, the Raptor is likely to only be available in a four-door configuration with a hardtop based on the prototypes we've seen testing. Bronco Raptors will have a much wider track than the regular Bronco, and larger fenders and unique wheels to go with the tough stance. The teaser image showed amber marker lights, just like the F-150 Raptor, which are legally required on trucks more than 80 inches wide.
Look for Ford to slowly reveal more info about the upcoming high-performance Bronco variant before its arrival sometime in 2022. Pricing should start higher than the loaded First Edition four-door's $62,605 starting price, as the F-150 Raptor starts just over $65,000.
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