Ford is just finally getting around to bringing the new Bronco SUV to dealers after lengthy production delays. But from nearly the moment Ford first unveiled it, people have been speculating about a higher-performance version. Ford showed a teaser photo of one testing back in 2020. And while some early reports suggested it might have gone with the Halo-inspired name of Bronco Warthog, Ford has opted to keep the sub-branding consistent and call it the Bronco Raptor.
Here's what we know about what could be one of the most badass off-road SUVs ever.
While Ford hasn't made a formal reveal of the Bronco Raptor just yet (as of mid-November 2021), the Blue Oval did show off a slightly camouflaged version of the badass SUV to members of the super-fans over at The Bronco Nation, who then shared their pics with the rest of us. As you can see, it boasts wider fender flares and a different grille, among other upgrades.
The folks at The Bronco Nation have also uploaded a brief Instagram video of the Bronco Raptor peeling out, giving everyone a taste of its engine note. We can't embed it here, unfortunately, but you can watch it by clicking here.
Ford has confirmed the Bronco Raptor will arrive in 2022. Not mentioned yet is when in 2022, or whether it will be a 2022 or 2023 model year vehicle.
Don't expect Ford to follow the Jeep Wrangler 392 down the V8 rabbit hole. The Bronco Raptor should counter with V6 power.
The Bronco Nation's most recent batch of info suggests the truck will stick with an upgraded version of the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 that's optional in the regular Bronco, potentially making close to 350 horsepower. But that's hardly the only engine they could put under the hood.
Another option would be the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque in the Explorer ST — and which has an even more powerful hybrid variant in the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring. Ford could also say screw it and give the Bronco Raptor the full-bore twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 with 450 hp and 510 lb-ft from the F-150 Raptor. Either way, expect a 10-speed automatic transmission.
A Bronco6g forum leak asserts that the Bronco Raptor will have two versions. There should be a cheaper, stripped-down Bronco Raptor that only gets the mechanical upgrades, while a more expensive version would include all the luxury offerings. The leak also says the Bronco Raptor will only come as a four-door.
How could you possibly make the Bronco look cooler for a Raptor version? Well, Ford found a way. The Bronco Raptor as teased by Ford will get the F-150 Raptor's iconic black FORD grille.
Much-needed upgrades are coming soon. Here's what you can expect.