As if the Ford Bronco wasn’t in high demand yet, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is now revealed to spark even more frenzy. Making extensive use of an upgraded chassis with more suspension travel, more ground clearance, and a wider track to take advantage of the over 400 horsepower under the hood, there’s every reason to believe it will do well off the track. and in dealer showrooms as a halo vehicle for the Bronco brand.
“We poured all of our passion and all of our Bronco and Raptor know-how into creating this absolute desert racing beast,” said Ford CEO Jim Farley. “It’s the truth. It’s not for show and it’s not for everyone. But for people who like to be out in the wild, this is the best. And only Ford can make a Bronco Raptor.”
More Power And More Power To Use It
Let’s answer the big question right away, though we should point out that Ford isn’t ready to offer total information just yet. Instead of a heated 2.7-liter V6 engine, the Bronco Raptor gets a twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that produces at least 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts). Final figures for power and torque have yet to be determined, but this engine has produced 400 hp and 415 pound-feet (563 Newton-meters) of torque in the Explorer ST. Ford says the engine will have a tone specific to the Raptor and breathe through an improved induction system with improved intercooling and a true dual multi-mode exhaust system.
The only transmission on offer is a 10-speed paddle-shiftable automatic if the driver wants more engagement. Power is channeled through larger front and rear driveshafts, connecting to an upgraded Dana axle that is clearly shared no Street legal Bronco DR racing SUV. The 4×4 system features an upgraded transfer case, a higher capacity clutch, and the Baja Mode is tweaked to include, among other things, an anti-lag system. The Bronco Raptor also gets a tow/haul mode with a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.
Ultra4 Racing Inspired Suspension
More power is always great, but the real news comes with the exciting prolific suspension upgrades of the hardcore Ultra4 Racing series. The aforementioned axle is part of that, but continues with the upgraded High Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) system that adds Fox semi-active dampers similar to those on the F-150 Raptor. Sensors monitor suspension height and terrain conditions to quickly adjust damper settings; all connected to a reinforced frame with stiffer shock towers at the top and Ford Performance-developed front/rear control arms at the bottom.
As a result, the Bronco Raptor has a 13.0-inch front and 14.0-inch rear suspension, a 60 percent increase forward / 40 percent aft over the base Bronco model. The stance is 8.6 inches wider, and with extra frame support coming from reinforced B and C pillars, the Raptor has 50 percent more torsional rigidity. The minimum ground clearance is up to 13.1 inches, and if the driver uses every inch of it, the slip plate underneath covers all the vital components.
Widebody From Factory
Two 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels are offered, wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich K02 tires that Ford says are the largest ever offered on a factory-built SUV in the United States. An upgraded electric steering rack and tie rods help handle the fat rubber, and with large fender flares in place, the Bronco Raptor is 9.8 inches wider than the standard model. Flares aren’t the only exterior upgrade, however – Ford swapped the fenders, quarter panels, and hood for Raptor-only parts. The door applique is part of the package, and of course there’s the Raptor trademark grille with the Ford brand daring to take the lead.
Additional visual enhancements include unique daytime running lights and a modular front bumper from Ford Performance with built-in tow hooks. The available Bronco Raptor Graphics Pack jazzes up the exterior with a splash pattern, and yes, the Raptor will get Code Orange as an exterior color option. There’s more Code Orange inside with the trim, not to mention a 12-inch digital instrument cluster featuring a custom Raptor setup. The Bronco Raptor also gets a thicker steering wheel, upgraded seats from Ford Performance, special trim options, and the Height Package is included as standard equipment.
Price And Availability
As we said at the start, Ford isn’t ready to divulge all the Bronco Raptor information yet. There’s not even a hint on the base price of the Bronco Raptor, but it’s worth noting that the 470 hp (350 kW) Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 starts at under $75,000. The order book opened in March, but the expected production launch wasn’t available. Ford is calling this the 2022 model, so it should reach dealerships later this year.