Ford abolished algid baptize on the rumors claiming the born-again Bronco will eventually or after accretion an alternative V8 engine. While an eight-cylinder ability fit, the aggregation needs to accumulate the SUV’s CO2 emissions in check.
“We accept to administer the CO2 implications of the product. The way the federal requirements are now, it’s all footprint-based. If you attending at the adumbration breadth of a baby off-road vehicle, it has a appealing aerial ambition from a government angle in agreement of CO2,” explained Eric Loefller, the Bronco’s accomplished engineer, in an account with Muscle Cars & Trucks. His comments affirm that, as of writing, a V8-powered alternative is not in the pipeline.
He added butt calculation has absent its address in the minds of motorists. Broadly speaking, buyers affliction about horsepower, torque, and ammunition economy, but they’re not accurately ambitious eight cylinders beneath the hood. And, Ford argued the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 is the appropriate agent because it satisfies motorists and regulators.
“If the chump acquaintance was decidedly added with a Coyote engine, it would accept been beneath austere consideration. In all honesty, that EcoBoost motor is abuse good, and back you get out of it you don’t say, ‘I ambition it had a bigger engine,'” said Jeff Seaman, Ford’s Global Program Manager.
Replacing raw displacement with affected consecration doesn’t beggarly the Bronco’s achievement will abide capped at 310 horsepower. As we’ve ahead reported, aboveboard letters and arresting spy shots acquaint us Ford is advancing to add Bronco to its ambit of Raptor-badged off-roaders, and we apprehend powertrain modifications will arise on the agenda of changes.
Aftermarket tuners are impatiently cat-and-mouse to get their easily on the Bronco, too. Hennessey conspicuously puts a 5.0-liter V8 in the current-generation F-150 Raptor, which leaves the branch with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, so it’s not difficult to brainstorm the tuner assuming a agnate bandy on the Bronco. It already appear affairs to advertise a abounding archive of “high-performance and acute off-road upgrades.” Whether a V8 fits amid the fenders after above modifications is a altered story; we shouldn’t accept to delay continued to acquisition out.
Jeep angle the amount in a altered light. It acerb hinted that the Wrangler, the Bronco’s accomplished nemesis, will be offered with a 450-horsepower, 6.4-liter V8 agent in the not-too-distant future. It’s too aboriginal to acquaint whether the Wrangler Rubicon 392 will access a regular-production model, or if it will acreage as a limited-edition variant. Jeep additionally needs to break on the appropriate ancillary of emissions regulations, but it’s partially offsetting the added gallons austere by the naturally-aspirated V8 with a gasoline-electric constituent amalgam adaptation of the Wrangler called 4xe.