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400-hp Bronco Raptor claws to top of Ford's off-road GOAT herd

400-hp Bronco Raptor claws to ...
The first-ever Ford Bronco Raptor debuts as the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever
The first-ever Ford Bronco Raptor debuts as the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever
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Breakdown of the upgrades and additions around the Bronco Raptor chassis
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Breakdown of the upgrades and additions around the Bronco Raptor chassis
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor stirs up some dust
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The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor stirs up some dust
The Raptor's dust-spewing 400-hp powertrain might prove a rough combination with top-down, door-off
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The Raptor's dust-spewing 400-hp powertrain might prove a rough combination with top-down, door-off driving
The Bronco Raptor gets the classic Raptor grille look and amber daytime running lamps
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The Bronco Raptor gets the classic Raptor grille look and amber daytime running lamps
The Bronco Raptor is designed to be highly adept at both open-desert speed and rock-garden crawling
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The Bronco Raptor is designed to be highly adept at both open-desert speed and rock-garden crawling
The first-ever Ford Bronco Raptor debuts as the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever
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The first-ever Ford Bronco Raptor debuts as the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever
The Bronco will launch in summer 2022
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The Bronco will launch in summer 2022
Putting the 400-hp 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 to work
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Putting the 400-hp 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 to work
Catching air will be that much sweeter with the HOSS 4.0 suspension there to eat up the landing
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Catching air will be that much sweeter with the HOSS 4.0 suspension there to eat up the landing
The Raptor trades the standard Bronco solid rear axle for a new semi-floating Dana 50 axle that widens out the track
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The Raptor trades the standard Bronco solid rear axle for a new semi-floating Dana 50 axle that widens out the track
The Bronco Raptor slowly works its way through a boulder zone
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The Bronco Raptor slowly works its way through a boulder zone
Ford Performance has upgraded the chassis for added strength and
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Ford Bronco Raptor chassis
The Ford Bronco Raptor has a reinforced trailer hitch that helps improve towing capacity to 4,500 pounds.
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The Ford Bronco Raptor has a reinforced trailer hitch that helps improve towing capacity to 4,500 pounds.
A peek under the Bronco Raptor's hood
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A peek under the Bronco Raptor's hood
Widened fenders and redesigned flares add to nearly 10 inches of extra width
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Widened fenders and redesigned flares add to nearly 10 inches of extra width
"Carbon Black" hood vent and body-color fender vents
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"Carbon Black" hood vent and body-color fender vents
Rock sliders with removable running boards
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Rock sliders with removable running boards
The Ford Bronco Raptor comes standard with 37-in BFG KO2 all-terrain tires
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The Ford Bronco Raptor comes standard with 37-in BFG KO2 all-terrain tires
Ford Performance developed the Raptor suspension system with Fox
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Ford Performance developed the Raptor suspension system with Fox
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor plays in the sandbox
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The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor plays in the sandbox
The Bronco Raptor on the right certainly looks taller, broader and tougher than the already-rugged Bronco
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The Bronco Raptor on the right certainly looks taller, broader and tougher than the already-rugged Bronco
Ford Bronco (left) vs Bronco Raptor
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Ford Bronco (left) vs Bronco Raptor
The Code Orange accents really bring the interior to life
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The Code Orange accents really bring the interior to life
Ford Bronco Raptor interior
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Ford Bronco Raptor interior
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Off-roaders and Ford fanatics have been eagerly awaiting the first-ever Bronco Raptor since before the Bronco even debuted in 2020. Now it's finally here, and it absolutely looks worth the wait, bursting out of the desert atop huge 37-in tires spun into motion by a 400-hp 3.0-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo. The most extreme Bronco ever is built to transition seamlessly from torching its way across open desert to inching nimbly through gnarly rock fields.

Ford Performance has taken the "Built Wild" Bronco mantra to new heights, creating what it calls the first-ever SUV inspired by Ultra4 Racing, a series known best for its King of Hammers event. That means giving the four-door Raptor the capability to tear across sand dunes at highway speeds before pulling back to handle slow, meticulous maneuvering over potential wreckage-making hazards.

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor plays in the sandbox
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor plays in the sandbox

Ford engineers knew their work had to dig right down to the bones, so they went to work reconfiguring the Bronco's fully boxed high-strength steel frame for extra ruggedness and new suspension parts. They've added in wheel-travel-increasing shock towers, heavy-duty driveline skid protection, and reinforced B and C pillars that deliver a 50 percent body-in-prime torsional rigidity boost over the standard four-door Bronco.

Separating that frame from the Raptor's 37-in BFG KO2-swallowed 17-in Ford Performance beadlock-capable wheels is a new suspension reworked in cooperation with Fox. The upgraded High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) 4.0 with Live Valve technology monitors ground conditions independently at each wheel hundreds of times per second, adjusting suspension tune accordingly. Ford Performance-designed front and rear control arms open up 13 inches (330 mm) of front travel and 14 inches (356 mm) at the rear, a 60/40-percent front/rear bump over the standard Bronco. Ground clearance leaps by nearly 5 inches (127 mm) to a 13.1-in (333-mm) minimum.

Ford Performance has upgraded the chassis for added strength and
Ford Bronco Raptor chassis

The graphite iron-block twin-turbo V6 engine pushes its targeted 400+ hp and not-yet-disclosed torque out to all four wheels via a performance-tuned 10-speed SelectShift automatic and a three-mode advanced 4x4 system. The clutch has been upgraded for the demands of hard, fast desert driving, and the tweaked two-speed transfer case empowers a 67.7:1 crawl ratio.

The already capable G.O.A.T. terrain management system counts a newly tuned Baja Mode among its seven selectable options, adding in turbo lag reduction for more seamless performance during high-speed desert runs. Off the race course and back on the highway, the new Tow/Haul mode brings available towing up to 4,500 lb (2,040 kg), an extra 1,000 lb (454 kg) over the standard Bronco. Drivers can also select from four dual-exhaust acoustic settings: normal, sport, quiet and Baja.

The Bronco Raptor on the right certainly looks taller, broader and tougher than the already-rugged Bronco
The Bronco Raptor on the right certainly looks taller, broader and tougher than the already-rugged Bronco

If you're thinking the Bronco Raptor looks more rugged than the standard variant, it's not merely the visibility-blurring dust or boulder-bombed backdrops amidst which it's pictured. The new Dana 50 Heavy AdvanTek semi-float rear axle and Dana 44 AdvanTek front axle stretch the Raptor's track by 8.6 inches (218 mm). That, combined with the increased ground clearance, creates a more powerful stance. Ford has beefed up and angled the fender flares to help rein those wide legs in, pushing the total width increase out to nearly 10 inches (254 mm).

Other new upgrades that pop out as one strolls around the latest Bronco model include the classic Raptor "FORD" grille, a modular heavy-duty steel bumper with removable end caps, Rigid off-road lighting, a re-sculpted hood with integrated vent, beefed up front and rear quarter panels, and rock rails with removable running boards,

Ford Bronco Raptor interior
Ford Bronco Raptor interior

Inside, "Code Orange" accents explode against the base black-vinyl seating and trim. Buyers can also upgrade with available options such as laser-perforated suede seats and floor carpets. The 12-in digital instrument cluster gets a Bronco Raptor-specific Performance View, emphasizing tachometer and gear readings. SYNC 4 infotainment with a 12-in touchscreen comes standard.

Ford will open up Bronco Raptor reservations in March and says that a majority of the MY2022 allotment will go to existing reservation holders. Deliveries will begin this summer (Northern Hemisphere). Ford didn't release pricing with its announcement, but reports from various online auto outlets put base price at US$69,995 after destination.

Watch the Bronco Raptor get primal in the desert below.

The All-New Ford Bronco® Raptor™ | Ford

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3 comments
3 comments
guzmanchinky
Well, I'm sure it's amazing, but if you use it like you see in the commercials things will break quickly. I know several Raptor owners who found that out the hard way. Comparing it to a Jeep and we see quite a few places now where Bronco owners cannot squeeze past obstacles, given that they are 5 inches wider. This one is even wider...
-dphiBbydt
Is this the final gasp of the dinosaurs before the ICE melts completely in to oblivion? Electric traction is the future.
vince
The upcoming Brawley will blow it away.