The Ford Bronco has alternate as a ancestors of off-roaders, but there’s allowance for more.
In July, the 2021 Ford Bronco was appear in two- and four-door forms alongside the abate 2021 Bronco Sport with turbocharged powertrains, four-wheel drive, and off-road capability.
Ford’s not done. A higher-performance Bronco has been in the mail back day one. Ford teased the 2021 Bronco Raptor (or Warthog) aerial through the air in September. Now, the off-roader has been spotted adrift the streets of Michigan.
“Bronco and Bronco Sport are meant for accelerated off-road alive and we accept affluence of action ahead,” said Ford agent Jiyan Cadiz in July.
Here’s how a added able Bronco ability booty shape.
2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
The best able 2021 Ford Bronco appear so far has a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 310 appliance and 400 pound-feet of torque. A accelerated desert-running Bronco archetypal will acceptable have, and need, added power. That could appear from the 3.0-liter turbo-6 from the Explorer ST or the 3.5-liter turbo-6 from the F-150. The high-output alternative of this 3.5-liter comminute in today’s F-150 Raptor and Limited puts out 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. A bottom adaptation of this agent makes 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.
The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engines would fit in the Bronco, which is based on an adapted adaptation of the Ranger’s T6 platform. The acute money is on a high-output adaptation of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with about 400 horsepower.
Ford Bronco Warhog/Raptor teased
Suspension and added hardware
The high-performance Bronco will charge a beefier abeyance with lots of travel, allowance for ample tires, and apparently different beadlock-capable wheels. The latest ancestor is cutting 17-inch beadlock-capable auto adopted from the F-150 Raptor.
2021 Ford Bronco Raptor (or Warthog) spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
The Bronco is accessible with 35-inch off-road tires, Bilstein shocks, and high-performance off-road suspension. That’s area today’s Bronco ends and the high-performance alternative would begin. Camouflaged prototypes are rolling on Sasquatch-spec 35-inch tires. The BFGoodrich K02 all-terrain tires are LT315/70R17s.
2021 Ford Bronco Raptor (or Warthog) spy shots
The spy shots appearance orange shocks, which are acceptable the electronically controlled Fox 3.0 bypass shocks from the accepted F-150 Raptor. These shocks accept alive damping, alien bypass technology, and a 9-chamber design.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
What’s in a name? The Bronco is awash in six trims, including base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, and Badlands.
Reach into the Bronco’s history and there aren’t a ton of agitating actual nameplates to add for a high-performance variant. Eddie Bauer anyone?
In 1965 Ford alien the 1965 Bronco Dune Duster and displayed it at the Detroit auto appearance in November. It featured an NHRA-approved cycle bar with chip headrests forth with apparent chrome bankrupt pipes—and walnut appliqués. The dashboard featured suede added and walnut-trimmed ascendancy knobs. It wasn’t an off-roader, but the name would be absurd for a high-performance arid runner.
Ford’s congenital a truckload of cast disinterestedness with the Raptor name. A Bronco Raptor could work, but Ford ability assets it for its F-Series of auto trucks. The next-generation Ranger will get a Raptor archetypal in the U.S.
YouTube approach RevMatchTV appear the Raptorized Bronco ability be alleged the Bronco Warthog, which would accomplish a lot of faculty as, like Raptor, it uses a boxy beastly as its name. Ford added ammunition to the rumor blaze back it filed a brand appliance on Sept. 9 to use the Warthog name on a vehicle.
Historically, the Raptor alternative of the F-150 has lagged by a year or two, but Ford seems hot to amble with the Bronco and wants to accumulate this horse bucking. With a brain-teaser angel already appear in September by Ford of a Bronco Raptor (or Warthog) aerial in the air it’s acceptable the high-performance Bronco will admission afore the Bronco hits banker lots in the bounce of 2021. We’d apprehend the Bronco Raptor/Warthog in dealers after in 2021.