2022 Ford Bronco Raptor First Look: Does It Live Up to Its Name?


2022 Ford Bronco Raptor First Look: Does It Live Up to Its Name?

Drum roll, please: The Blue Oval has put two of our favorite words together—Bronco and Raptor—and finally coughed up details we have pined for regarding the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor.

No one on the planet should be surprised that a Bronco Raptor has been in the works, but we now know when it is coming, its price, details about its doors and roof, and most important what will be under the hood. And yes, the official name is Bronco Raptor—”Warthog” was the winning code name for the project from an internal competition and was never meant for use outside Ford’s halls.

Here’s the big news: The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor comes one way, with four doors, a removable hard top, 37-inch tires, and a version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 found in the Explorer ST. Ford promises it will deliver more than 400 horsepower, but the exact number, as well as torque specs, have not been finalized. (Why no V-8? Read more here.)

Ford Performance got its hands on the 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine and started customizing it to meet the requirements of the 2022 Bronco Raptor. The SUV needed to excel at high speeds on- and off-road, as well as at extremely low rock-crawling speeds. Engineers worked to increase the amount of air moving in and out of the engine, reducing induction losses, and incorporating low-pressure ducts, a new exhaust, and even a simplified muffler. The goal was to increase horsepower at a higher rpm so you can keep your foot to the floor all the way to the redline and not fall off a cliff when you reach it. The Ford Bronco Raptor also uses the company’s 10-speed automatic transmission.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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