As if the Ford Bronco wasn’t already in high demand, it’s now revealed that the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor will fuel the frenzy even further, which can be the top Mobil Ford 2022 car lover’s best picks. Using a fully upgraded chassis with more suspension travel, greater ground clearance, and a wider track to harness more than 400 horsepower under the bonnet, there’s every reason to believe it will succeed as a halo Bronco-branded vehicle off the beaten track and in dealer showrooms.
“We’ve poured all of our passion and all of Bronco and Raptor’s expertise into creating this absolute desert racing beast,” said Ford CEO Jim Farley. “This is the real deal. It’s not meant to show off, and it’s not for everyone. But for people who like to go into the wilderness, it’s the ultimate. Only Ford could have created the Bronco Raptor.”
More power and more power to use it
Let’s answer the big question right away, although we must point out that Ford is not yet ready to provide full information. instead of a preheated 2.7-liter V6, the Bronco Raptor comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 that produces at least 400 hp (298 kW). Final figures for power and torque have yet to be determined, but the engine has already produced 400 hp and 415 lb ft (563 Nm) of torque in the Explorer ST. Ford says the engine will be tuned specifically for the Raptor and breathes through an upgraded intake system that features enhanced intercooling and a true dual multi-mode exhaust system.
The only transmission offered is a 10-speed automatic, which can be shifted if the driver wishes to be more involved. Power is transferred via larger driveshafts front and rear, connected to upgraded Dana axles, shared with the decidedly non-legal Bronco DR racing SUV. the 4×4 system features an upgraded transfer case, higher capacity clutch, and the Baja mode is tuned to include an anti-lag system, among other things. the Bronco Raptor also features a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 lbs. in tow/haul mode. Traction mode.
Suspension inspired by Ultra4 Racing
More power is always good, but the real news comes in the form of a prolific suspension upgrade to the core Ultra4 Racing range. The aforementioned axle is part of this, but it continues with an upgraded High Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) system that adds Fox semi-active dampers similar to those found on the F-150 Raptor. Sensors monitor suspension height and terrain conditions to instantly adjust damper settings; this is all connected to a reinforced frame with stiffer shock towers at the top and Ford Performance-developed front/rear control arms at the low end.
As a result, the Bronco Raptor has 13.0 inches of front suspension travel and 14.0 inches of rear suspension travel, a 60% increase in front suspension travel / 40% increase in rear suspension travel compared to the base model Bronco. With an 8.6-inch wider stance and additional frame support from the reinforced B- and C-pillars, the Raptor’s torsional stiffness has been increased by 50%. With a minimum ground clearance of 13.1 inches, the skid plate underneath will cover all vital components if the driver uses every inch of it.
Factory wide body
Two types of 17-inch wheels with locking rims are available, wrapped in 37-inch BFGoodrich K02 tyres, which Ford says are the largest ever on a factory stock SUV. Upgraded with an electric steering rack and tie rods to help handle the sturdy rubber and fitted with huge fender flares, the Ford Bronco Raptor is a full 9.8 inches wider than the standard model. Flares aren’t the only exterior upgrade, however – Ford has swapped out the fenders, quarter panels and bonnet for Raptor-specific parts. Door decals are part of the package, and of course there’s the iconic Raptor grille and bold Ford branding leading the way.
Other visual upgrades include unique daytime running lights and Ford Performance’s modular front bumper with built-in tow hooks. The available Bronco Raptor graphics package livens up the exterior with a splash of graphics and yes, the Raptor will receive Code Orange as an exterior colour option. Inside, there’s more Code Orange with trim, not to mention a 12-inch digital instrument cluster with special Raptor settings. the Bronco Raptor also gets a thicker steering wheel, upgraded seats from Ford Performance, special trim options and the High Package is included as standard equipment.
Price and availability
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor starts at $69,995, which includes a $1,495 destination charge. It is significantly less expensive than its main competitor, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, which comes with a 470hp V8 engine and starts at just under $75,000. Orders are due to open in March, but Ford has not mentioned a specific timeframe for production to begin. However, this is a 2022 model, so it will arrive in dealerships later this year.