Does it live up to its name?

Drum rolls, please: The Blue Oval has brought together two of our favorite words — Bronco and Raptor — and finally provided the details we crave about the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor.

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

Essential Hardware

Ford Performance took the 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine and began adapting it to meet the requirements of the 2022 Bronco Raptor. The SUV must excel at high speeds on and off the highway, as well as at very low rock crawling speeds. Engineers worked to increase the amount of air entering and exiting the engine, reducing induction losses, and incorporating low-pressure lines, new exhausts, and even simplified exhausts. The goal is to increase horsepower at higher rpms so you can keep your feet on the floor all the way to the red line and not fall off the cliff when you reach it. The Ford Bronco Raptor also uses the company’s 10-speed automatic transmission.

This much-loved SUV is basically a Raptor-fied version of the next-generation Ford Ranger frame under the well-equipped Bronco. The Raptor’s treatment makes it 9.8 inches wider and 3.0 inches taller, with a ground clearance of 13.1 inches on standard 37-inch BF Goodrich K02 all-terrain tires. Its minimum ground clearance is 13.1 inches, or 1.6 inches higher than the Bronco Badlands Sasquatch. Inspired by the Ultra4 racing series, this Bronco features a Raptor HOSS 4.0 race-ready suspension system and a full box frame with new shock towers. Maximum wheel travel is 13.0 inches at the front and 14.0 inches at the rear.

How much will the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor cost?

The starting price of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is $69,995, and Ford will start taking orders in March ahead of deliveries this summer.

But don’t hold your breath for the fire-breathing Bronco on the streets with the V-8: Ford thinks the twin-turbo V-6 is just right, and the powerplant has the added advantage of really fitting in the Bronco Raptor’s engine bay.

The new Bronco also completes the Raptor family which started with the Ford F-150 Raptor and includes the Ford Ranger Raptor in other parts of the world. The Bronco family share the Ranger platform.

Raptor Is A Late Addition

The Raptor model was not provided early on in the Bronco program. Bronco’s design manager, Ryan Olsson, was called in about three months after the main Bronco program finished—about 2.5 years ago—to begin sketching the official Raptor version. Talk of the Bronco Raptor has been around for some time, but the project first requires a feasibility study. For Olsson, getting the green light to put pencil to paper meant revisiting old ideas and wish lists. “We can do the things we want to do with the Bronco base and we can’t,” he said.

Command line: nothing superfluous. All of which should make the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor faster and more capable. The design task was to embellish engineering for a Bronco ready to conquer the SCORE Baja 1000 and the Ultra4 King of the Hammers off-road race. Creed: “unlimited and badass.”

“We poured all of our passion and all of our Bronco and Raptor know-how into creating this absolute desert racing beast,” said Ford president and CEO Jim Farley in a release. “It’s the real deal. It’s not for show and it’s not for everyone. But for people who like to be out in the wild, it’s the best.”

The Two-Door Bronco Raptor Was Never On The Cards

From the start, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor would be just four doors — two doors with a shorter wheelbase were never in the plans and still aren’t.

The roof inspires a bit more debate. For structural integrity when flying over desert whoopies, there is talk of a fixed roof. But that goes against the “wild and kicking” spirit of the outdoor Bronco. Say hello to a removable hard top instead of a soft top; the latter is considered, but the removable hard top does a better job of keeping out dust and dirt, and provides a quieter on-road experience with the built-in NVH liner.

To strengthen the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor during desert racing, there are two additional bars that span the width of the vehicle, contributing to the Raptor with a torque-rigidity increase of more than 50 percent compared to the standard four-door Bronco model. The aluminum B-bow is carefully positioned to ensure helmet clearance and does not interfere with the open air experience. The C-pillar reinforcement uses a carbon fiber center section to reduce weight. It also required additional Fox damping compared to the F-150 Raptor, due to the Bronco’s shorter wheelbase. The result offers the same suspension travel, the same brakes, and much of the same technology, says Ford Performance chief engineer Carl Widmann.

See the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is recognizable thanks to the yellow LED lighting and the dome hood specifically for the Raptor. Unique grilles double the airflow into the engine compartment, and extra grilles on the hood and fenders help extract this extra air. Wider fender flares cover jumbo tires, special fender liners are designed to remove mud and ice, and rock guards help protect the rear fender from rocks kicked by the front wheels. Wheel options include 17-inch cast aluminum, standard beadlock-capable design, and optional faux aluminum bead-locking wheels.

The skidplate and bash plate have been upgraded, and engineers designed a running board that mounts directly to the rock rails. The fasteners for the latter sit comfortably above the mud line, eliminating the need to crawl under the truck. The idea came from watching would-be owners have passengers struggling to fit into vehicles without running boards, as well as “sophisticated” shoppers who wanted to avoid getting their clothes dirty.

The engineers also designed a unique rear panel that accommodates the gas tank fuel door in the remaining tight spaces. They also needed new taillights that extended further so that they could be seen on either side of the 37-inch spare tire at the rear, as well as new CHMSL (high center mounted stop lights).

Exploring the Desert in Style

Ford wanted higher quality materials executed with a better fit and finish for the Bronco Raptor. It comes with the Height plan as a starting point. (More on that soon.) For a more upscale look, stitched vinyl wraps around the top of the instrument panel, with leather upholstery and carbon fiber trim, too. Paddle shifters are made of magnesium.

The Bronco Raptor has a special seat made of durable, washable microsuede to prevent passengers from slipping, even with added support. There are Code Orange seat belts and accents around the cabin combined with two interior color choices: Black Onyx and Rhapsody Blue. There are 10 standard exterior colors in the first model year.

In front of the driver is a 12.0-inch digital cluster; The base Bronco has an 8.0-inch cluster and analog gauges. The High plan means the Raptor comes with Sync 4, voice recognition and heated seats. Moving to the Lux package brings wireless charging, heated steering wheel, 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and adaptive cruise control.

The real purpose of this SUV is reinforced by the grip handles on the dashboard and center console. And the owner has to look for Easter eggs.

Off-Road Primer

Switch the steering wheel to activate My Mode for your preferred exhaust sound (possibly with the exhaust system active), as well as steering and suspension settings. Meanwhile, the Performance View on the digital gauge cluster has a large bulge in the middle. All screens and graphics try to simplify the wealth of information available to assist off-road users and desert racers, with gear readings and graphs to show if the difference is locked, damper status, pitch and roll, and more. Ford research shows 80 percent of buyers will pick up their 2022 Bronco Raptor off-road.

In fact, the Bronco Raptor starts with the six GOAT modes found on all Broncos—each accompanied by a pleasing graphic—with a unique calibration for Baja mode and the addition of a seventh mode: tow/haul, which allows the SUV to increase its performance. towing capacity to 4,500 pounds, or 1,000 pounds more than the base Bronco. The unique hitch and extra support contribute to greater towing capacity so owners can take their side-by-side ATV to the off-road park.

Ultimately, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is a hello to the Bronco lineup. Those are big shoes to fill, and there will be plenty of people who will denounce the lack of a V-8 engine option. But Ford’s engineers are steadfast in their belief that their latest SUV lives up to its two storied names.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Specifications

LAYOUT Front-engined SUV, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door
MACHINE 3.0L/430-hp (est)/420-lb-ft (est) twin-turbo direct-injected DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION 10 speed auto
ROAD WEIGHT 5,750 lb (mfr)
WHEELBASE 116.5 inches
L x W x H 191.0 x 85.7 x 77.8 inches
0-60 MPH 5.5 seconds (approximate MT)
EPA RANGE (comb) 333 miles (approx.)
FOR SALE Summer 2022

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