It's Here - The Bronco Raptor And DR Are Dropping VERY SOON!
Recently, it seems like major auto manufacturers have taken more of a liking to the enthusiast community. As far enthusiasts, sometimes, it can feel like we're a little bit neglected by major manufacturers but with releases like the Ram TRX and Dodge Demon, it feels like things have shifted. In fact, we might even go so far as to say that the Dodge camp put a little bit of pressure on others to start paying attention to this segment of enthusiasts.
With that, it felt like it was only a matter of time before Ford took the idea of off-road performance to its recent Bronco revival. With that, we have officially learned that the Ford Bronco Raptor is coming this summer.
It seems as if the Bronco Raptor will take a similar line to the F-150 Raptor. Much like its older brother, the Bronco Raptor will sport an entire off-road suspension and a little bit more power to get things moving along nicely.
The Ultra4 Inspired SUV is said to be built for grueling desert running and rock crawling. To demonstrate, Ford put Shelby Hall, professional desert racer, behind the wheel to demonstrate.
A couple of the features that stuck out to us were a wheel travel increase of 60% in the front and 40% in the rear over the standard Bronco, a machine that's already relatively capable. The Bronco Raptor will also deliver the widest stance in class, the biggest tires on any production SUV at 37", and Raptor Hoss 4.0 suspension with Fox 3.1 Live Valve shocks, higher speed stabilizer bar disconnect, and Ford Performance competition axles.
We also know that you're probably dying to figure out what will be under the hood. Ford continues its push toward smaller displacement combinations as the Bronco Raptor will deliver an estimated 400 horsepower through a twin turbocharged 3.0L V6 EcoBoost engine.
Essentially, the SUV that will hit the market in summer 2022 will deliver a sense of speed, stability, and durability in order to tackle the desert with the best performance available.
We were curious about what the viewers of the release had to say. Upon browsing the comment section on Ford's release video, it looks like the consensus was pretty positive with just a couple of questions and concerns. Plenty of folks seem to be pretty excited about the offering that Ford will be bringing to the table.
However, there is a little bit of skepticism that buyers will be able to purchase one of these things at MSRP as current supply problems have called for some massive dealer markups. Some have also wondered when the potential for a V8 powered version might come along.
For now, though, it looks like this EcoBoost powered monster will offer some of the best performance that a factory SUV can in the current landscape!
The 2023 Ford Bronco DR Finally Adds A Coyote V8 — But It’s Not What You Think!
Lest you think the Blue Oval decided to stuff its long-running eight-cylinder into your run-of-the-mill Badlands, let me go ahead and burst the bubble right now. No, this mill is not (at least at this exact moment) headed to the street. Instead, this is the 2023 Ford Bronco DR — a desert racer that’s aiming to take on the SCORE Baja 1000 next year. From there, it will go on sale to a select few off-road enthusiasts — 50, more specifically — for upwards of $200,000.
Mind you, this 6,200-pound rig making its debut in the Nevada desert as SEMA gears up is a racer through and through — so you can’t exactly roll down the Strip with it. Still, when you’re off the road you’ll get more than 400 horsepower. At least, that’s what Ford’s targeting. You’ll also get 47 degrees of approach angle, 37 degrees of breakover and a 33 degree departure angle to handle pretty much whatever kind of terrain you care to point the Bronco DR at. The racer rides on 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires with Krawl-TEK compound for better grip on slick rock, mounted on OEM 17-inch beadlock wheels. And if things do go sideways, at least you’ll have a Multimatic safety cage and a pair of Sparco race seats and safety harnesses.
Under the hood, you get a 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission to go with that 5.0-liter Coyote V8. Both that and the shift-on-the-fly transfer case come straight from the F-150, while the 2023 Ford Bronco DR also uses front and rear locking differentials with 4.7:1 final drive ratios. Three large air intakes — two on the sides, one on the roof — feed the engine with cooling air to a rear-mounted radiator.
The 2023 Ford Bronco DR wouldn’t be a proper desert runner without some serious, Baja-ready suspension. To that end, Ford Performance ditched the Bronco’s standard setup for a Multimatic “High-Performace Off-Road Stability” system. That adds in DSSV dampers (the same sort of tech that you see in Chevrolet’s ZR2 trucks) with 80-millimeter bodies and finned fluid cooling channels. Multimatic also designed the Bronco DR’s billet aluminum lower control arms.
Against your standard four-door Bronco Badlands, Ford says the DR is targeting 55.1% better front suspension travel — or 15.8 inches. Rear suspension travel increases by 58.6%, to 17.4 inches. Ford Performance added in a host of other racing upgrades, including a full-size spare on the rear and a 65-gallon fuel tank below the cargo area.
While the 2023 Ford Bronco DR maintains most of the same shape as the four-door model, the body consists of resin transfer molded panels. To save weight, the air conidtioning system, glass and interior trim have been removed. The single-piece grille, rounded headlights and signature Bronco taillamps remain, though Ford says the wrap is just a concept and not available for sale. However, when it does arrive, the automaker says it will be finished in “the distinctive Bronco race livery of red, white, black and blue.”
We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information on this racer, but expect the Bronco DR to make its way to the 55th SCORE Baja 1000 in November 2022.