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The All-New Ford Bronco Raptor was Inspired by Ultra4

It is heartwarming to see a company like Ford all-in on off-road capable vehicles. With a comprehensive line of trail-ready cars and taking off-road performance to new heights with the F150 Raptor and Ranger Raptor (only available for global markets), they have set the stage welcoming their competitors to attempt what they have achieved. And the rebirth of the Ford Bronco, and now the only thing that is just as exciting is the Bronco Raptor. Well, the Bronco Raptor is here – a 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 making 400 horsepower, with 37inch tires, Fox Live Valve Suspension, cycling 13″ of wheel travel in the front and 14″ in the rear. The expected base price for this Ultra4 inspired Bronco Raptor is to start at $69,995. Ford just recently released it this morning January 24th and here is everything you need to know – Baja mode just got kicked up a notch. 

Ford Off-Road Involvement

When we say Ford is all in on off-road, they truly are. Most of their SUVs and trucks are marketed to the outdoor enthusiasts, but for those that want to get a little bit more extreme – well, then you have the F150 Raptor and Bronco. 

Ford further proves their commitment to its performance models by putting them through their paces. From Racing Baja in two generations of Raptors in Baja and even winning a stage at Dakar, they have proven to be fairly successful. The 2019 Bronco R effort in Baja resulted in a DNF, and the 2020 Bronco Baja 1000 effort was successful in their eyes, finishing the Baja 1000. (despite Ford’s effort towing the Bronco R across the finish line 5 hours after Glickenhouse and their Baja Boot, their only competitor.) While Baja was bad luck for Ford Performance – Ultra4 brought great fortune to the team in the 4600 Modified Stock class, claiming the Bronco’s two victories in the season with Brad Lovell behind the wheel, a huge accomplishment nonetheless. 

Ford also released a Race Ready Bronco DR, a spec race truck with a Coyote V8 hand-built by Multimatic. Production numbers are being limited to 50 vehicles, but no one has ever seen them race, so who knows if they are any good. 

Ultra4 Inspired

Interestingly enough, Ford took a few notes from the 4600 race Bronco in Ultra4 and implemented similar technology to create the production Bronco Raptor. Ford claims it is the first Ultra4, inspired SUV in production. They aren’t wrong, and in fact, they are incorporating that into the overall ethos of the Bronco Raptor, and giving recognition to the race organization is fantastic.

Suspension

The Bronco Raptor has been widened 8.6 inches across to make good for 13 inches of wheel travel in the front and 14 inches in the rear. Soaking up that suspension is 3.1 Fox Live Valve internal bypass shocks with the same terrain select modes you would see on a Raptor or select Polaris RZR models. 

Additional front and rear jounce dampers (or air bump stops) help absorb the load after full compression on jumps or whoops. New brakes on the trailer hitch help increase the tow rating to 4500 pounds.

 

The same 37-inch BF Goodrich Ko2 tires on the F150 Raptor are to come equipped on the Bronco Raptor, a first for an SUV to be built with tires that large. 

Engine and Drivetrain

While we knew the Bronco Raptor was coming, we thought just maybe with many hopes and prayers; Ford would give us the V8. But no. (insert quote about a V8 being legendary and because it sounds good we need it, and something about freedom and bald eagles)

It is equipped with the same 3.0L twin-turbo V6 in the Ford Explorer ST. Ford did not specify the horsepower, but they say it is aimed to make tuned to make 400HP and 415 ft. pounds torque. Sorry, no V8, even though it will be missed, but you can always drive a 1996 Bronco with a V8 making 205hp. 

Baja mode is still in the Bronco amongst other settings, but this new refined drive mode has an anti-lag system that lets the exhaust flow when you’re off the throttle to keep the turbos spinning. This minimizes turbo lag and allows you to stay on boost whenever you don’t have your foot in it.

Unfortunately, there is no mention of a manual transmission at this moment. The transmission is a 10-speed automatic, and the transfer case low range is 3.06:1, with a 67.8:1 crawl ratio that matches the standard Bronco and a 4.7:1 final drive.

The axles have been beefed up immensely to withstand durability needs for serious off-road performance, with a Dana 44 in the front and Dana 50 rear axle with a 235-mm ring gear in the rear.

Body

A total of 86 inches in width, the Bronco Raptor is nearly as wide as the F150 Raptor. At first glance, the body remains untouched but was actually widened to accommodate the width and extend the fender flairs outwards to reach DOT requirements. It is subjective, but I do not think the flares look good; fiberglass companies will definitely adapt to selling fenders to restore the looks of this bucking Bronco. 

Pricing and Availability

The Bronco Raptor starts at $69,995. For comparison, it costs $78,470 to equip a 2022 F-150 Raptor with the 37 package, and a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 starts at $76,395.

Ford says you can start making reservations in late March. Although they say most of the 2022 model year Bronco Raptor allocation will get snatched up by existing reservation holders based on their original reservation date. 

Needless to say, this Bronco Raptor is very exciting. What are your thoughts? 

 

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We've been waiting for a '21 Bronco Base since we ordered it in Feb last year after putting the deposit down in July of 2020. We're more than frustrated waiting since they've started delivering '22's already. Ford says these Bronco Raptors will be delivering sometime this summer. I wouldn't hold your breath.
We do get their propaganda all the time and they are having an event at KOH next week. I wonder if they'll have any pre-production units there?
 

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We've been waiting for a '21 Bronco Base since we ordered it in Feb last year after putting the deposit down in July of 2020. We're more than frustrated waiting since they've started delivering '22's already. Ford says these Bronco Raptors will be delivering sometime this summer. I wouldn't hold your breath.
We do get their propaganda all the time and they are having an event at KOH next week. I wonder if they'll have any pre-production units there?
You can almost guarantee they will have a Bronco Raptor at the Ford booth.
 

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So a massive world company like Ford can't get a production vehicle out? Sounds like a new little niche market SxS company everyone keeps bagging on.

2 door Broncos look pretty cool...4 doors are butt ugly IMO.
Got real fenders?

I love my Ranger...
 

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It's cool and all but I would have rather seen them bring the Raptor Ranger here. We finally took delivery of our Bronco just before Christmas and love it and I am not sure why but the new Braptor just doesn't appeal to me. It might be because I had a red 1st gen and I am nostalgic about them because of that and although I don't hate the 4 door, it's not for me. I am sure they will sell a bunch and like the Raptor trucks I will see tons of them where I like that will never (or hardly) see the dirt.

 

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Covid parts supply, Hard top fiasco have really put a dent in Bronco production.
 

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Ford needs to stop hiring college kids who’ve never actually driven a vehicle before to design their vehicles. This is embarrassingView attachment 238248

While I don't agree with the design choice behind the oversized fenders which I am sure are designed that way to meet DOT regulations. An easy fix in the aftermarket world.

These designers are not just "College Kids" who have "never driven a vehicle before"

The New Bronco design was led by Paul Wraith with over 20 years. of automotive design experience. he was responsible for Mach E, Ford Transit, Hyundai, Ford Explorer.

Hard to say that he is just some college kid.
 

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It's cool and all but I would have rather seen them bring the Raptor Ranger here. We finally took delivery of our Bronco just before Christmas and love it and I am not sure why but the new Braptor just doesn't appeal to me. It might be because I had a red 1st gen and I am nostalgic about them because of that and although I don't hate the 4 door, it's not for me. I am sure they will sell a bunch and like the Raptor trucks I will see tons of them where I like that will never (or hardly) see the dirt.


For me, the technology in the Bronco Raptor is the selling point. I totally understand the nostalgia though.

For me, I am a sucker for 80s vehicles and love cars. When I heard it had anti lag, I was REALLY impressed.
 

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Ive spent quite a bit of time with this truck in Johnson Valley, Glamis and Borrego, its a legit truck, its cleared Boulder Dash, Turkey Claw, Her Problem, Fissure Mountian with no problems. In the desert its just as fast as Gen 3 Raptor in the raptor test loop, Just this week they added pivot setting on the truck to lock the inside wheel at full lock turn to cut its turning radius on the trail, just like a cutting break. The fenders are clip on, switch them out to the standard line if you dont like them.
 

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Ive spent quite a bit of time with this truck in Johnson Valley, Glamis and Borrego, its a legit truck, its cleared Boulder Dash, Turkey Claw, Her Problem, Fissure Mountian with no problems. In the desert its just as fast as Gen 3 Raptor in the raptor test loop, Just this week they added pivot setting on the truck to lock the inside wheel at full lock turn to cut its turning radius on the trail, just like a cutting break. The fenders are clip on, switch them out to the standard line if you dont like them.
How well does the Anti Lag system work I am assuming it isn't aggressive enough to shoot flames. Does it have true jounce shocks? the more I learned about it the better the Bronco Raptor got. It is crazy to me that Ford is even making this to appeal to enthusiasts and yet some still think the Wrangler Rubicon is better.
 

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Ive seen it with and without Jounce setups, Sorry I havent looked at the final setup, I just kinda glaze over, we have a Stock and medium built Rubi as comparison vehicles, Bronco kills both in the desert by miles and in the rocks does just as well as built rubi on 37s
No flames, spins up real nice and does really well in the sand
 

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Ive seen it with and without Jounce setups, Sorry I havent looked at the final setup, I just kinda glaze over, we have a Stock and medium built Rubi as comparison vehicles, Bronco kills both in the desert by miles and in the rocks does just as well as built rubi on 37s
No flames, spins up real nice and does really well in the sand
I have driven the Jeep 392 Wrangler and it was a blast to drive but as soon as you hit any sort of bump or small size hole in the road it was horrid and immediately find yourself hitting the bumpstops and hurting your back. They are fast but certainly no different than a Rubicon off-road.
 

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Ive seen it with and without Jounce setups, Sorry I havent looked at the final setup, I just kinda glaze over, we have a Stock and medium built Rubi as comparison vehicles, Bronco kills both in the desert by miles and in the rocks does just as well as built rubi on 37s
No flames, spins up real nice and does really well in the sand
The Ford Press fleet management company told me that Motor Trend Bent the frame after jumping a Gladiator Mohave.
 

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Ive spent quite a bit of time with this truck in Johnson Valley, Glamis and Borrego, its a legit truck, its cleared Boulder Dash, Turkey Claw, Her Problem, Fissure Mountian with no problems. In the desert its just as fast as Gen 3 Raptor in the raptor test loop, Just this week they added pivot setting on the truck to lock the inside wheel at full lock turn to cut its turning radius on the trail, just like a cutting break. The fenders are clip on, switch them out to the standard line if you dont like them.
Raptor test loop? I need more details!