Here’s How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor - story fullscreen Fullscreen

Here’s How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor

Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Here’s how the two off-roaders from the same stable fare against each other

Ford’s first gift to the enthusiasts in 2022 was the Bronco Raptor, which is essentially a jacked-up version of the regular Bronco. It comes with a buttload of changes on the outside and inside, and even features a new engine under the hood. The Raptor also comes with upgraded version of all the off-road gear that’s present in the Bronco. Since the differences between the two were more than a few, we decided to list them all out. Well, you’ll now know which one to buy and which of these suits your needs.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Exterior

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048860

There are quite a few differences between the standard Bronco and the Bronco Raptor, but if I had to sum it up in a sentence, I’d say the Bronco Raptor is a Bronco on steroids. While the Bronco is available in two- and four-door avatars, the Bronco Raptor is offered only as a four-door off-roader. So, all the comparisons here will be with the four-door Bronco.

Fortunately, the Bronco Raptor retains the old-school styling up front despite many new components here. The round headlights are retained, but the DRLs are different. On the standard SUV, you get the ‘BRONCO’ lettering on the grille, whereas the beefed-up model features the signature two-piece Raptor grille. I’m calling it – this grille will be one of the most popular accessories soon. You’ll probably see a lot of Broncos with the Raptor grille in the future.

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048859

Since the Bronco Raptor is wider than 80 inches unlike the standard Raptor, you get three amber lights on the grille, as mandated by the government. There are supposed to be in total. The other two are placed on the wing mirrors. Both the models come with steel bumper and removable bumper side caps for better off-road clearance. The Bronco Raptor features two tow hooks, Rigid LED fog lamps, and off-road lamps integrated here. While the standard Bronco comes with a simple hood, the one on the Raptor comes with an integrated vent and is finished in Carbon Black.

Moving to the side profile, the Bronco Raptor features unique front and rear quarter panels and fenders. The fenders extend out to significantly more than the Bronco, and that’s mainly because of the tires. The Bronco Raptor comes with 37-inch BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires from the factory and are the largest ever offered on a production SUV. They are shod in 17-inch black high-gloss painted wheels as standard, whereas two beadlock-capable designs are optional. The regular Bronco comes with tires ranging from 16- to 18 inches, and 17-inch beadlock wheels are optional. You can have 35-inch wheels as part of the Sasquatch Package, but there’s no option to get 37-inch tires here. Also, the fenders come with integrated heat extraction ducts on the B-Raptor. You also get reinforced rock rails and removable running boards as standard.

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048861

The tailgate has been reinforced on the Bronco Raptor to bear the weight of the full-size spare tire mounted on it. Both the SUVs come with removable roof and doors. On the Bronco, you can stow the doors away in the cargo area, but there’s no word about that on the Raptor. The removable roof is composed of three panels, which is the same in both models. The Bronco Raptor’s roof panels weigh 13.6-, 14.5-, and 28.1 pounds. Each front door weighs 55 pounds, whereas the rear door weighs 44 pounds.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Exterior Colors

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor Exterior Wallpaper quality High Resolution
- image 919934
Swipe up to read the comparison between the Bronco and the Bronco Raptor in detail

The 2022 Bronco Raptor will be offered in 10 exterior shades:

  • 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
  • Ford Performance-exclusive Code Orange

The regular Bronco comes in 11 shades. This includes all the shades of the Bronco Raptor except the Ford Performance-exclusive Code Orange. The other two shades that are offered on the Bronco and not the Bronco Raptor are the Race Red and Carbonized Gray Metallic. Another difference is the Iconic Silver shade is metallic on the Bronco Raptor and non-metallic on the standard Bronco.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Exterior Dimensions

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor Exterior High Resolution
- image 919928
The Bronco Raptor rides on 37-inch tires, whereas the Bronco can be had with the 35-inch tires at the most. You do get removable doors and roof on both of them

The Bronco Raptor is 191 inches long, 85.7 inches wide, and 77.8 inches tall. The Bronco, on the other hand, measures 189.4 inches in length, 75.9 inches in width, and 73 inches in height. This makes the Bronco Raptor 1.6 inches longer, 9.8 inches wider, and 4.8 inches taller than the standard Bronco.

As for the track widths, the front and rear tracks are 73.2- and 73.6 inches wide on the Bronco Raptor, and 65 inches wide on both the ends on the standard Bronco.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Off-Road Angles

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor Exterior Wallpaper quality High Resolution
- image 919918

Coming to the off-road angles, we’ve taken into consideration the Bronco with 35-inch tires to show you how different even the most rugged and toughest Bronco is when compared to the Bronco Raptor. You can’t get 37-inch tires here like the Bronco Raptor. Thanks to this mainly, the Bronco Raptor sits 13.1 inches off the ground, whereas the Bronco sits 11.5 inches off the ground.

The Bronco boasts an approach angle of 43.2 degrees, a breakover angle of 26.3 degrees, and a departure angle of 37 degrees. The Bronco Raptor, as expected, beats it in all aspects. It has an approach angle of 47.2 degrees, a breakover angle of 30.8 degrees, and a departure angle of 40.5 degrees. The maximum water fording is rated at 33.5 inches on the Bronco and 37 inches on the Bronco Raptor.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Towing Capacity

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048858

The Ford Bronco Raptor can tow up to 4,500 pounds, which is 1,000 pounds more than the standard Bronco’s 3,500-pound towing capability.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Curb Weight

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048857

The Bronco Raptor weighs 5,733 pounds. The four-door Bronco’s curb weight differs based on the trim and engine option, but even in its heaviest avatar, it is still 413 pounds lighter than the Bronco Raptor.

The four-door Bronco with the four-pot engine weighs between 4,499- and 5,226 pounds, depending on the trim and transmission. The V-6 Bronco weighs between 4,661- and 5,320 pounds.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Interior

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor Interior High Resolution
- image 919902

The cabin is pretty much identical in terms of layout, except for a few differentiating factors. The sport-contoured steering wheel on the Bronco Raptor comes with magnesium paddle shifters and a gloss black Raptor logo at the bottom. Both SUVs come with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. Ford has installed a railing on the dash that allows you to mount all sorts of accessories like mobile phones, navigation devices, GoPros, etc. There are 12-volt power connections available as well. All the auxiliary and powertrain switches are silicone-encased, thus making them less prone to damage under harsh weather conditions. No mention by Ford about this for the Bronco Raptor, but we don’t see why it won’t be offered.

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor Interior High Resolution
- image 919895

There’s a 12-inch touchscreen system on the dash that supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Bronco comes with an eight-inch touchscreen as standard, but the same 12-inch touchscreen is optional. The Bronco comes with Topographic Trail Maps that contains over 1,000 curated trail maps, but there’s no mention of the Bronco Raptor having them. Perhaps, this would be tweaked for the Bronco Raptor and instead of showing trails, it could show locations of dunes where the Bronco Raptor could spread its wings. We’ll have to wait and watch. A 360-degree camera is offered on them both.

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048875

The seats offered on these vehicles are different. The ones that come in the Bronco Raptor are designed by Ford Performance and said to be unique to it. They have heavier bolstering, especially on the sides, to keep the passengers in place when you’re ripping the deserts. There are some other touches that differentiate the two, like the Ford Performance Code Orange treatment in the Bronco Raptor on the G.O.A.T. Modes rotary dial, dash vents, door netting, steering wheel stitching, the push-button illumination, and the Bronco logo on the instrument panel. Furthermore, you get low-gloss carbon fiber accents for the grab handles, the steering wheel bezel, and the gear shifter on the B-Raptor. You can also get the Code Orange seat belts as an optional accessory.

The cabins are washable on the Bronco as well as the Bronco Raptor. Both receive rubberized, washable flooring and marine-grade vinyl seats that can be washed down. This, however, isn’t offered on all Bronco trims. Only the Black Diamond and Badlands Broncos can be hosed down. There are integrated drain holes as well.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Interior Dimensions

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor Interior High Resolution
- image 919903
The cabins in both the Broncos are washable. As for the interior dimensions, they are identical in all aspects when you compare the four-door hard-top Bronco with the Bronco Raptor

The cabin dimensions for the Bronco and the Bronco Raptor are identical in all the departments. In the first row, the off-roaders offer you 40.8 inches of headroom, 43.1 Inches legroom, 57.1 inches of shoulder room, and 55.9 inches of hip room. At the rear, you have 40.1 inches of headroom, 36.3 inches of legroom, 56.5 inches of shoulder room, and 54.8 inches of hip room available at your disposal. Mind you, these figures are for the Bronco four-door with the hard-top.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Drivetrain

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048885

The Bronco Raptor is offered with a single-engine option – a V-6 – but it’s not the same V-6 as the Bronco. No V-8 here and Ford never planned to offer one either. This EcoBoost V-6 mill displaces three liters and is coupled with two turbochargers. The power specs aren’t announced yet, but Ford mentioned it will be in the whereabouts of 400 horsepower. You can find the same engine under the hood of the Explorer ST as well, and there it churns out 400 horses and 415 pound-feet of torque there. We expect a little more heart here.

The standard Bronco, on the other hand, is available with a choice of two engine options – a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost, or a 2.7-liter, turbocharged V-6. The official specs for these are 270 ponies and 310 pound-feet of twist, and 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of oomph, respectively. However, the company revised the specs and the Bronco offers more power.

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048871

The four-cylinder engine puts out 275 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque when filled with regular fuel, and 300 ponies and 325 pound-feet of twist when on a premium fuel diet. The 2.7-liter V-6 makes 315 horses and 410 pound-feet of twist with regular fuel and 330 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque with premium fuel.

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor Interior High Resolution
- image 919908

Coming to the transmission, the Bronco Raptor will come with a 10-speed automatic gearbox as standard and the only option here. There is no manual gearbox on offer, unlike the standard Bronco, which can be had with a seven-speed manual gearbox. The seven-speed manual was originally offered only with the smaller engine, but a petition ensured that Ford was forced to offer it with the 2.7-liter V-6 as well when equipped with the Sasquatch package. The standard Bronco can also be had with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

The seven-speed manual is definitely a special gearbox and it could be a deal-breaker for some potential Bronco Raptor customers. The manual gearbox is built by Getrag and has six standard gears and one crawler gear. This crawler gear, when mated to the advanced four-wheel-drive system that the Bronco is available with, generates a crawl ratio of 94.75:1, which is a lot better than the automatic’s crawl ratio of 67.8:1. when paired with the advanced four-wheel-drive system. Perhaps, folks who want the manual gearbox will instead opt for the standard Bronco and equip it with the Sasquatch package.

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Off-Road Gear

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048895

While the Bronco comes with a HOSS – High-performance Off-road Stability Suspension – system – the Bronco Raptor features an upgraded 4.0 version of this setup. It comes with Live Valve technology. Ford has also tweaked Bronco’s high-strength steel frame with new shock towers and seven cross members that increase wheel travel and off-road durability in the Bronco Raptor.

The Bronco comes with an independent front suspension and Dana 44 five-link, coil-sprung solid rear axle. The Bronco Raptor features an upgraded Dana 44 AdvanTEK front-drive axle with a 4.70 ratio, and a Dana 50 heavy-duty AdvanTEK solid rear axle, also with a 4.70 ratio. The five-link rear setup comes with a Panhard rod and outboard coilover springs. The Bronco Raptor also comes with an advanced 4x4 system with three drive modes. There’s an upgraded two-speed transfer case with a 67.88:1 crawl ratio as well.

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048893

You can have the suspension setup on the regular Bronco with Spicer front and rear electronic locking differentials for improved traction over rough terrain and long travel, position-sensitive Bilstein off-road shock absorbers with end-stop control valves. The HOSS 4.0 on the Bronco Raptor comes with FOX 3.1 Internal Bypass Semi-Active Dampers with integrated reservoirs at the front and remote reservoirs at the rear. This seems to be a Raptor thing because the F-150 Raptor also has a similar setup. Courtesy of this, the wheel travel has now increased to 13 inches at the front and 14 inches at the back. This is 60-percent and 40-percent more, respectively, than the standard Bronco.

There’s nothing noteworthy about the Bronco’s exhaust setup, but the Bronco Raptor’s system sure deserves a mention. The latter features a similar exhaust setup as the F-150 Raptor, which basically comes with a dual-exhaust system that makes use of near-equal-length pipes for better exhaust notes. Since there is no V-8 engine under the hood for those natural grunts, roars, and burble, the Blue Oval has compensated by making the Bronco Raptor sound like one. You get to select from four exhaust modes here, which include Normal, Sport, Quiet, and Baja.

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048887

The Bronco Raptor also comes with a Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. Modes. It comes with seven modes - Normal, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Sport, Off-Road, Rock Crawl, and Baja modes. Not all trims have all of these modes in the standard Bronco, though. Also, Tow/Haul is exclusive to the B-Raptor.

The Trail Toolbox, which consists of the Trail Control, Trail Turn Assist, and Trail One-Pedal Driving, are offered on both the off-roaders. In cases you’re wondering what they are, here’s a gist:

  • Trail Control is cruise control for low-speed trail driving.
  • Trail Turn Assist tightens the turning radius through torque vectoring.
  • Trail One-Pedal Drive lets you accelerate and brake using a single pedal for speeds of under 20 mph.

Apart from this, heavy-duty bash and skid plates are placed underneath the body to protect the back of the engine, transmission, and transfer case. These are different from the protection offered in the Bronco.

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048851

If you need a mid-point between the Bronco and the Bronco Raptor, you can opt for the Sasquatch Package on the Bronco. It goes unsaid that this is only available on the Bronco and not the Bronco Raptor. The package comes as standard on the Wildtrak trim and First Edition that came out at launch. You can have it for extra moolah on any trim. It includes:

  • 35-inch tires
  • 17-inch Beadlock-Capable wheels
  • Front- and rear-locking differentials
  • BILSTEIN position sensitive monotube shocks
  • 4.7 final drive ratio
  • High clearance fender flares

Ford Bronco vs Bronco Raptor – Pricing

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor Exterior Wallpaper quality High Resolution
- image 919937

Ford has announced that the Bronco Raptor will be available at $69,995, which includes a destination fee of $1,495.

As for the standard 2022 Bronco, here’s how it’s priced (two-door/four-door):

  • Base - $29,300/ $33,450
  • Big Bend - $33,785/ $36,130
  • Black Diamond - $36,450 /$38,895
  • Outer Banks - $39,355 / $41,700
  • Badlands - $42,495 / $44,480
  • Wildtrak - $47,780 /$49,475

Frequently Asked Questions

Here's How The Ford Bronco Squares Up Against The Ford Bronco Raptor
- image 1048855

What vehicle inspired the Ford Bronco Raptor?

The Ford Bronco Raptor is inspired by the Ford Bronco. It comes with more off-road equipment than the standard Bronco.

Is there a Ford Bronco Raptor?

Yes, there is a Ford Bronco Raptor. Ford took the wraps off the Bronco Raptor in January 2022. It is a more rugged, off-road-oriented version of the standard Ford Bronco.

Will there be a Ford Bronco Raptor?

Yes, there is a Ford Bronco Raptor and it was launched in January 2022.

How to order Ford Bronco Raptor?

The booking order for the Ford Bronco Raptor will open in March 2022 and the deliveries will begin in summer 2022.

What is the Ford Bronco?

The Ford Bronco is an off-roader that the automaker brought out in 2020 as a rival to the Jeep Wrangler. It was a practical off-roader that you could use as your daily driver as well. Ford offered it with two engine options – a 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, or a 2.7-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine. They can be mated to either a seven-speed manual gearbox (only on the smaller engine) or a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

What is the Ford Bronco Raptor?

The Ford Bronco Raptor is an off-road-oriented version of the regular Bronco. It comes with loads of off-road equipment and is capable of highway-speed desert-dune running and Baja rock-crawling.

When is the Ford Bronco Raptor coming out?

The bookings for the Ford Bronco Raptor will commence in March and it will start arriving in the summer of 2022.

When does the Ford Bronco Raptor come out?

The Ford Bronco Raptor will come out in the summer of 2022. The bookings for it, however, will begin in March 2022.

What will the Ford Bronco Raptor look like?

The Bronco Raptor looks like a beefed-up version of the standard Bronco. It is 9.8 inches wider than the standard Bronco and comes with a lot of upgraded off-road gear. It rides on 37-inch tires from the factory, features a vented hood, fender flares with heat extract ducts, two-piece Raptor grille, steel bumper with two tow hooks, LED light bar, reinforced rock rails, and so on.

What is the Sasquatch package Bronco?

The Sasquatch package is offered on the Ford Bronco and it comes with goodies that make your Bronco an even more capable off-roader. It includes stuff like:

  • 35-inch tires
  • 17-inch Beadlock-Capable wheels
  • Front- and rear-locking differentials
  • BILSTEIN position sensitive monotube shocks
  • 4.7 final drive ratio
  • High clearance fender flares

What will be the price of the new Ford Bronco Raptor?

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor starts at $69,995, which includes $1,495 destination fee.

What does the new Ford Bronco Cost?

The Ford Bronco starts at $29,300 for the base two-door model and goes all the way up to $49,475 for the top-spec four-door Wildtrak model

What will be the price of the new Ford Bronco Raptor?

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor starts at $69,995, which includes $1,495 destination fee.

What’s the most expensive new Bronco?

The top-spec Bronco Wildtrak is the most expensive Bronco you can buy. The two-door Wildtrak Bronco starts at $47,780, whereas the four-door Wildtrak Bronco starts at $49,475

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Managing Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a managing editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
About the author

Related Articles

Ford Unleashes The 2022 Bronco Everglades With A Snorkel!

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

2021 Ford Bronco

What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: