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Ford Bronco Raptor: The 5 most important things to know

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The cat is officially out of the bag as Ford Motor Co. has revealed the 2022 Bronco Raptor, combining the performance and off-road prowess of the Raptor brand with the iconic reputation of the Bronco. This creates an “absolute desert-racing beast,” according to Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Farley.

“It’s the real deal,” Farley said. “It’s not for show, and it’s not for everybody. But for people who love to get out in the wild, it’s the ultimate.”

In fact, the Bronco Raptor was designed and engineered by Ford Performance to be the world’s first Ultra4 Racing-inspired SUV. Plus merging the Raptor and Bronco Built Wild brands should generate a great deal of excitement amongst Blue Oval enthusiasts.

There’s a lot to unpack with this reveal, so let’s take a closer at some of the most important details about the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor.

No, there is no V-8

First and foremost, there is only one engine option for the Bronco Raptor, and it’s not a V-8. This will come as a let down for many enthusiasts. Instead, Ford is putting in an exclusive twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Keep in mind, Ford Performance helped develop the Bronco Raptor, and this should help give the SUV more credibility. It’s also worth pointing out the Ford GT supercar doesn’t have a V-8 either, and it’s considered an incredible car full of performance. That being said, while we don’t have the complete engine specs yet, Ford has said the Bronco Raptor is expected to have more than 400 horsepower.

“We had to build the Bronco Raptor – it’s our ultimate vehicle for hardcore off-road enthusiasts who demand something more,” said Carl Widmann, Ford Performance chief engineer. “Like the Ultra4 desert race trucks, the ‘Raptor of SUVs’ conquers desert dunes at highway speeds and is equipped with competition-level off-road technology and hardware.”

Takes a licking, keeps on ticking

The already rugged Bronco gets the full Raptor treatment, which means high-performance parts from Ford Performance and a fully boxed, high-strength steel frame, which should allow the Bronco Raptor to take an absolute off-road beating. A Raptor Hoss 4.0 race-ready suspension system is standard along with  Ford Performance-developed axles.

An advanced 4×4 system with three modes includes a higher-capacity clutch designed to withstand the demands of high-performance desert events. The upgraded transfer case also features a 3.06 4×4 LO ratio for up to 67.7:1 crawl ratio.

Bronco Raptor rolls on 37s

What good is all the extra ruggedness if the tires can’t handle the terrain? That’s why Ford Performance team reached out to BFGoodrich to put standard 37-inch KO2 all-terrain tires (37×12.50R17LT) on the Bronco Raptor. These are the largest tires of any production SUV in America, according to Ford.

Two Ford Performance-designed 17-inch x 8.5-inch beadlock-capable wheels are available. An electric-power steering rack and housing influenced by F-150 Raptor, as well as larger-diameter inner and outer tie rod ends, were added to further upgrade Bronco Raptor.

Bigger is better

The specs of the Bronco Raptor shows all you need to know. The Bronco Raptor is 9.8 inches wider than a base Bronco four-door. That’s a much more confidence stance when it comes to varying terrains.

Additionally, upgraded front and rear axles increase the track width by 8.6 inches (73.6 inches versus 65.0 inches) over a base Bronco for even more sure-footed confidence.

Bronco Raptor also runs with a minimum ground clearance of 13.1 inches, 4.8 inches more than a base four-door model. Unique Ford Performance-designed front and rear control arms help deliver maximum wheel travel of 13.0 inches in front and 14.0 inches at the rear, or 60% and 40% more, respectively, than a Bronco base model.

Be sure to check out our spec by spec comparison for a detailed look at the Raptor vs. the regular Bronco.

Most “bad-ass” Bronco yet

The Raptor has been a niche vehicle since Ford launched it on the F-150 in 2010. Since then it’s been through three-generations of changes. But this is the first time the Raptor has been added to a vehicle that wasn’t the F-150.

And the Bronco Raptor has all the unique appearance features you’d want from such a vehicle.

“As the most bad-ass Bronco yet, the Bronco Raptor design is extreme,” said Paul Wraith, Bronco design chief. “It’s muscular, while maintaining an underlying simplicity with performance-focused details added only for outstanding high-speed capability.”

Familiar Ford block lettering at the front stretches across the signature two-piece rectangular grille. Model-specific LED headlights featuring amber daytime running lamps and integrated amber marker lamps further tie in the DNA of Raptor to provide a menacing look. A heavy-duty modular steel front bumper by Ford Performance features tow hooks, removable bumper end caps for improved off-road clearance, integrated removable Rigid LED fog lamps and Rigid off-road lamps for greater illumination.

The hood on Bronco Raptor is made of sheet-molding compound, offering the design team the ability to dramatically sculpt its muscular shape, according to Ford. An integrated hood vent is molded-in-color Carbon Black and fender vents are painted body color. Raptor logos on the left and right of the hood bulge hint at the twin-turbo power underneath.

There’s an available Bronco Raptor Graphics Package that includes new splatter graphics on the rear bodysides and hood that use an overlapping broken trapezoidal pattern and floating shapes to present a sophisticated digital appearance. Exterior colors include Hot Pepper Red Metallic, Velocity Blue Metallic, Eruption Green Metallic, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver Metallic, Area 51, Cactus Gray, Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Oxford White, plus Ford Performance-exclusive Code Orange paint.

The bottom line on Ford Bronco Raptor

There will be disappointment at the lack of a V-8, but I have a hunch (as well several unconfirmed rumors) that there will be a V-8 version of the Bronco Raptor in the future. Remember when Ford launched the third-generation Raptor it didn’t have a V-8 either, but it will get one with the Raptor R later this year. There have been numerous rumors of the Warthog name being used, and I expect Ford to slap that onto a souped-up V-8 Bronco Raptor in the near future.

For now, however, enjoy this unique merger of two niche brands from Ford, combining the best of two sub-brands into one off-road beast.

What are your thoughts on the Bronco Raptor? What are you excited about and disappointed with? Leave us your comments below.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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  1. Anonymous January 24, 2022

    Does I come in 2 door like a real Bronco?

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    1. Jimmy Dinsmore January 24, 2022

      No. Only four door this time.

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