The Bronco Raptor breaks cover with a 3.0-liter V-6 with "at least 400 horsepower", upgraded suspension system, and 37-inch tiresby Sidd Dhimaan, on
The Ford Bronco came out in 2020 and it was one of the most anticipated launches of the year. While it ticked all the boxes and seemed to be the first true-blue threat to the Jeep Wrangler, it lacked out on one thing that was a deal-breaker for many folks – a missing V-8 engine. It probably seemed like a fine decision then because the Wrangler didn’t offer one either, but Jeep played a party pooper and announced a V-8 Wrangler 392 hours before the Bronco’s debut!
Now, the company has decided to rectify that chink in its armor – to a certain extent – by coming up with a more potent V-6 engine. Ford is yet to give out all the details, but we do know that a 3.0-liter V-6 will do the duties that will produce over 400 horses. A lot of tweaks have been made to the suspension setup as well. As for the transmission, there’s no manual gearbox on offer, unfortunately. Just a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
What’s Special About The Ford Bronco Raptor?
A V-8 Bronco from the factory will never happen and Ford has already confirmed that in the past, so no point dwelling over it. If you were expecting a Bronco V-8, well, this is surely going to disappoint you. At one point it looked like we could have a V-8 Bronco given that the Bronco DR comes with a V-8, but it wasn’t meant to be with the Bronco Raptor.
The Bronco Raptor will be powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost engine. The exact power specs aren’t announced, but the Bronco Raptor will make around 400 horsepower. The same engine does duties in the Explorer ST and puts out 400 horses and 415 pound-feet of torque. Power will be routed to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic gearbox. There is no manual transmission on offer here, even as an option.
As for the other upgrades, the Bronco Raptor will come with an advanced 4x4 system with three drive modes. The transfer case is upgraded and the off-roader features a 3.06 4x4 LO ratio for up to 67.7:1 crawl ratio. The High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension features FOX 3.1 Internal Bypass Semi-Active Dampers with a 3.1-inch diameter that are similar to the ones seen on the F-150 Raptor. Thanks to this, the suspension travel has now increased to 13 inches at the front and 14 inches at the back.
Coming to the exterior features, the Bronco Raptor is 9.8 inches wider than the stock Bronco, thanks to those super-wide fender flares and the beefy tires. The off-roader rides on 17-inch Beadlock capable wheels shod in 37-inch BFGoodrich tires. Up front, you get the signature Raptor grille with the amber lights. You also get a Raptor hood, bumper with tow hooks, Rigid LED foglamps, and door appliques here. The maximum towing capacity is rated at 4,500 pounds; 1,000 pounds more than the standard Bronco.
Apart from the Ford Performance-exclusive Code Orange exterior shade, the Bronco Raptor will be offered in nine exterior shades. These include:
- Hot Pepper Red Metallic
- Velocity Blue Metallic
- Eruption Green Metallic
- Shadow Black
- Iconic Silver Metallic
- Area 51
- Cactus Gray
- Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat
- Oxford White
On the inside, you get things like a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a seven-speaker audio system, to name a few. You also get a 360-degree camera as a standard feature that will be quite useful while off-roading.
Ford hasn’t revealed the prices yet, but we speculate it to start at over $60,000. Bookings for the Bronco Raptor will open in March, so expect deliveries to begin by the end of this year. Watch the premiere video and the gallery right here: