Until last year, Jeep had an open-top off-roader category. Then Ford F,
using a beloved name from its history, builds a convertible SUV with tough off-road skills and a rugged look – the resurgent Ford Bronco. Despite some headaches with rooftop production, it was a hit with critics, winning the 2022 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. It sold so well that some buyers waited a year or more for their chance to own the beast.
But, although the old-school Broncos are adored for their off-road prowess, it’s rare to see one in stock. They became the canvas for a generation of mechanics and tuners, who improved their skills with big tires, added suspension travel, and other tricks of the garage trade.
If Ford really wanted to celebrate the Bronco America remembers, it needed to lift one up and put a ridiculous set of tires on it. Get into the Ford Bronco Raptor.
This will probably remain a myth for a while
Ford has now revealed its very own Bronco, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor. Like the borrowed F-150 Raptor, the Bronco Raptor is an off-road-tuned edition of a vehicle already built for the rough.
Ford withheld some important details, including the price.
The F-150 Raptor starts at $65,375 — not the most expensive F-150 you can buy. We’re sure that trend won’t last with the Bronco Raptor. This will likely cost more than the Bronco Wildtrak’s current $47,780 starting price. It’s also nearly impossible to find. Ford said, “the majority of the allocation for the 2022 model year Bronco Raptor will go to existing reservation holders,” who will be asked if they want to upgrade before dealers can sell new Bronco Raptor reservations.
Ridiculous tires under ridiculous fender flares
What is the difference between the Bronco and the Bronco Raptor?
It will not be difficult to distinguish between the two.
The Raptor sits on a huge 37-inch tire — even bigger than the 35-inch tire that comes with the Sasquatch package. Ground clearance is now 13.1 inches – 1.6 inches larger than the Sasquatch and 4.8 inches larger than the base Bronco model.
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But that wide You will see first. The Raptor has a 9.8-inch track width that’s wider than the base Bronco, thanks to an additional 8.6-inch track width and large fender flares to hide it. Fender flare huuuuu. It’s a good thing they add so much height to the SUV because your fenders will shade the car in the lane beside you.
The Bronco Raptors also borrowed the large FORD grille from the F-150 Raptor. Hood vents help keep the engine cool under heavy loads.
While the standard Bronco is available in 2 or 4-door guise, the Raptor will only come with four doors. Ford says the longer wheelbase of the 4-door Bronco better handles the kinds of high-speed bumps that Raptor buyers might be looking for.
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400-plus horsepower, all suspension upgrades
It has a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 “targeted to produce over 400 horsepower.” Ford did not provide final power figures. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Surprisingly, the Bronco Raptor can outperform the standard Bronco. Most high-performance edition trucks and SUVs have less payload and towing capacity than the base models they make. But the Horse Bird (see what we did there?) can pull 4,500 pounds – 1,000 more than any other Broncos.
But, as with the F-150 Raptor, it’s the suspension that matters most. The full grid frame has added support. The sway bar detaches and re-engages at the touch of a button. The new generation Fox LiveValve adaptive shocks feature position-sensitive damping. Ford says the High Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (they call it HOSS, of course) uses sensors that “monitor terrain conditions independently hundreds of times every second and adjust suspension settings accordingly.”
Approach angle of 47.2 degrees, breakover 30.8, and departure 40.5.
Day-Glo . orange cabin accents
The cabin of the Bronco Raptor is as distinctive as the exterior.
You can feel the ambition of high performance in your hands, thanks to the new, thicker leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters. The shifters, handrails and buttons are made of low-gloss carbon fiber. There’s a new button that you can use to activate a custom driving mode that you create via the 12-inch touchscreen.
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Bright orange accents on the shifters, doors, vents and at 12 o’clock on the steering wheel scream “Raptor.” The optional orange seatbelt sounds weird but looks good with black leather. The Lux package adds a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and adaptive cruise control if you, for some unimaginable reason, find yourself on a paved road.
This story started KBB.com.