2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Aims For 400 Horsepower

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, Automotive Editor - January 25, 2022

The automotive world has been waiting for Ford to drop a high-performance version of the Bronco since the SUV made its debut in 2020. While it’s been a long game of watching test mules, teasers, and videos, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor finally arrives. With a powerful twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine, Fox Racing shocks, 37-inch tires, and long-travel suspension, the Bronco Raptor means business.

While Ford hasn’t revealed all of the Bronco Raptor’s power figures yet, the SUV comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces more than 400 horsepower. In the Explorer ST, the engine makes 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. So we’re interested to see how the Bronco Raptor’s engine lines up with Ford’s other SUVs. The engine has been upgraded with a special tune and cooling system to keep temps down when driving in the desert. Ford is also including a less-restrictive exhaust system with four different sound modes: Normal, Sport, Quiet, and Baja.

In addition to stuffing a more powerful engine into the Bronco Raptor, Ford’s engineers have also updated quite a few driveline components. The SUV comes with an updated transfer case with a 67.7:1 crawl ratio, a higher-capacity clutch for the four-wheel-drive system, a semi-float Dana 50 Advantek axle at the back, and a Dana 44 Advantek axle at the front. While the Bronco Raptor retains its front disconnecting sway bar, just like the other Bronco models, the one in the Raptor reconnects at 30 mph on-road and 50 mph off-road compared to 20 mph for regular Broncos.

The Bronco Raptor is taller than any other model with a height of 77.8 inches, a track width that’s 8.6 inches wider, and an overall width that’s 9.8 inches wider over non-Sasquatch models. The changes give the Bronco Raptor a broad, hunkered-down look that mimics a 300-pound lineman. The look comes from 37-inch BFGoodrich K02 tires, massive fender flares, steel bumper, as well as Raptor-specific hood, grille, and quarter panels.

To ensure the Bronco Raptor has what it takes to sustain high-speed jumps and hit absurd speeds off-road, the SUV’s chassis and suspension have been heavily updated. The frame features upgraded shock towers, carbon-fiber reinforcements to the C-pillar, and a B-pillar crossbar. These updates and other improvements give the SUV 50% more torsional rigidity than other Broncos.

Underneath the body, the Bronco Raptor features a setup that Ford calls the High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) system. The system is similar to the F-150 Raptor pickup truck’s suspension design, but features Fox 3.1-inch internal bypass dampers that are uniquely tuned for the Bronco. The dampers have integrated reservoirs at the front and remote reservoirs at the back. Ford Performance front and rear control arms also help deliver extended wheel travel of 13 inches in the front and 14 inches at the rear. In total, the Bronco Raptor has 13.1 inches of ground clearance. We’re waiting to hear what kind of departure and break-over angles the Bronco Raptor will have, as well as how much water it will be able to ford through.

The Bronco’s G.O.A.T system has been updated with a new Baja mode. It has a unique engine mode for the V6 that keeps the turbos spinning, eliminating lag, and opens up the exhaust system. The Bronco Raptor also comes with Ford’s Trail Control off-road system, off-road cruise control, and Trail Turn Assist to make tighter turns when off-roading.

Ford also felt the need to update the Bronco Raptor’s design to give the SUV a menacing look. The steel front bumper features integrated tow hooks, removable bumper end caps, a massive skid plate, and four Rigid LED fog lights that, get this, are too bright to be road-legal. So, two of them are covered by the factory. The rear bumper has its own set of removable end caps for extra clearance, there’s a steel side step that’s installed onto factory rock rails, and the rear fenders have replaceable sections if they get damaged. The larger spare tire on the tailgate required Ford to make a few carrier reinforcements, while the taillights have been pushed outward. Because of the Bronco Raptor’s width, the SUV is also federally required to have amber market lights.

The interior design of the SUV focuses on being easy to clean, which is a good thing to keep in mind when off-roading through the desert. The standard Bronco Raptor features vinyl seats and rubberized flooring that can easily be cleaned with a hose. Leather-wrapped seats and carpeted floors are available. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, as is an exterior camera system. Adaptive cruise control and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system are available.

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor goes above and beyond what we expected to see from a serious off-roading trim. The Bronco Raptor’s only real competitor is the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392. That model comes with a 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 engine, but is an entirely different vehicle that’s aimed at a different type of off-roader. In reality, the Bronco Raptor doesn’t have any real competition in the high-speed, desert off-roading scene. Pricing for the Bronco Raptor starts at $69,995, which is slightly more than the F-150 Raptor pickup.

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Pictured: 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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