Ford Bronco Raptor Revealed!

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Offroad driving for the performance enthusiast has changed forever and for the better. In an era where cars are becoming more autonomous, Ford’s newest vehicle was developed for serious abuse on and off the pavement. Tested from Moab to Baja at highway speeds off-road, Ford is not messing around with their performance off-road racing and development with how similar the Bronco Raptor is to the Bronco DR Ultra4 truck. The Bronco Raptor is here to not only perform better than any other road-legal off-roader but to do so with ease. With how highly-anticipated the Bronco has been, the full-power Bronco Raptor is set to perform even further.


It isn’t every day that you can go into a dealership and buy a Baja-rally-ready vehicle and drive it home, but Ford has made it more than just possible - it is now doable for under the price of a trophy truck build. In fact, it is all doable - in theory- for cheaper than a new Shelby GT500. That means that you can be at the dealership in the morning and crushing sand dunes or massive offroad circuits by lunch. This is all doable now thanks to the Ford Bronco Raptor which is the closest to an Ultra4 racing truck that anyone has ever been able to buy for street use.

Engine Chassis Interior Exterior Future Upgrades Colors Tech Specs Gallery

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Engine and Transmission

From the ground up, the Bronco Raptor is designed for performance. The engine is a new 3.0L twin-turbo V6 motor pushing out over 400 horsepower to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox similar to the one found in the Mustang. This engine, while official horsepower ratings have not been released yet, should be around the horsepower found in the F-150 Raptor at 450 horsepower. While the engine is not the main focus of this vehicle, the majorly increased horsepower is a welcome treat for enthusiasts to enjoy.

Ford Bronco Raptor Hood

The 3.0L Ecoboost twin turbo engine is a new option that has not been available in the Bronco until now, and Bronco Raptor goes even further by building on durability with an iron block base for the engine and steel crankshaft designed to handle the abuse these vehicles were tested to handle. With the 10-speed gearbox paired to the mechanical locking differential and 2-speed torque-on-demand 4x4, the Bronco Raptor is able to tackle any obstacles in its way - especially when the 37-inch tires and beadlock-capable wheels are factored into the over 13 inches of suspension travel to climb over any obstacle in its way.

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Chassis and Suspension

Under the skin, the Bronco Raptor gets even more impressive with a heavily overbuilt suspension and chassis to ensure durability off-road. The suspension has been overhauled by Ford Performance and FOX Racing Shocks to use the newest version of their High-Performance Offroad Stability Suspension (HOSS 4.0) and custom-tuned live valve technology with semi-active dampening to maintain a smooth and compliant ride over even the roughest terrain. These work with the G.O.A.T. modes to make the Bronco Raptor more capable than any other roadgoing Ford vehicle.

Ford Bronco Raptor shocks

Another major upgrade comes in the form of a DANA 44 front axle and DANA 50 rear axle setup paired to the full body-on-frame chassis. The Bronco returns to a solid rear axle for better off-road drivability and better flex over obstacles and rocks in the way. Along with these, the chassis of the Bronco Raptor uses a fully boxed steel frame with seven cross members, a major departure from the average Bronco and even the Sasquatch package or Wildtrak. These, working in conjunction with the wheels, provide the Bronco Raptor with a break-over angle of 30.8 degrees and an approach angle of 47.2 degrees - more than the F-150 Raptor, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and is only less than the Mercedes G-Wagen 4x4 Squared.

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Interior Highlights

The interior of the Bronco Raptor has been improved as well over even the highest trim Bronco Wildtraks. With a new digital dashboard, a new touchscreen center console that dwarfs the ones found in other Broncos, and an overall higher-tech look, the Bronco Raptor gives the real experience of being a highly capable truck while also being a nice place to be. One of the largest changes inside is the steering wheel which now features carbon fiber, large metal paddle shifters found in the F-150 Raptor, orange stitching, and much thicker leather. This steering wheel is designed to be more performance-oriented and to feel better while wheeling off-road while providing more surface to hold on to.

Ford Bronco Raptor seats

Like the other Broncos, there is an option for the seating surfaces to be waterproof to endure the weather and elements more competently, but for the Bronco Raptor these come standard. Optionally, the seats can be upgraded to be higher-performance bolstered and supportive with a suede-like material paired with dark blue leather and orange stitching surround. To emphasize the Raptor’s performance, the interior features Code Orange stitching and accent work, including the seatbelts on all seats. The combination of these colors and the carbon fiber materials and surfaces throughout the interior make the interior stand out dramatically.

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Exterior Highlights

The most obvious changes from the Bronco to the Bronco Raptor come from the outside. The Raptor is available in a lot of great colors such as Eruption Green Metallic, Code Orange, Cyber Orange Metallic, Area 51, Cactus Gray, Hot Pepper Red Metallic, Iconic Silver Metallic, Oxford White, Shadow Black, and Velocity Blue Metallic. Fitted with massive fender flares and other new body panels, the Raptor model looks like the Bronco on steroids. The massive flares are inspired by the full Ultra4 trucks from King of the Hammers like the Bronco DR . The revised front grille makes the Bronco look like the full Raptor with the large FORD lettering on the grille, three running lights in the grille, and the exposed underside skid plate. Around the rear, a revised bumper and new taillights change up the look enough to make it stand out and enough to make the dual exhaust visible more clearly.

Ford Bronco Raptor colors

The Raptor does still have the fully removable roof and doors, making it even more fun while running it hard through nearly all locations as well as easier to hear the new engine and exhaust. The Bronco Raptor also has new bash plates that can be seen while the truck is jumping through the air. Side by side, the Raptor is noticeable larger and wider than the Wildtrak in nearly every dimension as well as taller too. The bumpers are designed to incorporate additional lighting, GoPros, and other add-ons that enthusiasts can use while enjoying their vehicle to its fullest potential.

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Future Plans

This new addition to the Raptor lineup (including the non-US Ranger Raptor) follows the tested recipe for off-road performance perfectly and in the process has created the most impressive off-roader ever developed for road use by Ford or any of the Big 3 companies in the US. Vehicles like this are a reminder that Ford not only cares about its enthusiast customers but that they also know how to do so in spectacular fashion. Showcasing it jumping sand dunes, rock crawling through some of the most difficult trails in the country, and driving at high speeds are great ways of keeping enthusiasts happy with their vehicle. Much like the Mustang, Bronco enthusiasts deserve this high-powered version that they can run hard in their setting of choice. We are excited to see the performance of these vehicles firsthand and to see how we can improve upon them even further.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Colors

Paint Code Paint Colors
KU Area 51
NE Cactus Gray
SB Cyber Orange Metallic
JS Iconic Silver
YZ Oxford White
G1 Shadow Black
E7 Velocity Blue
FA Eruption Green
CN Code Orange
EA Hot Pepper Red

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Tech Specs

Engine 3.0L TT Ecoboost V6
Horsepower 400+
Torque 415*
Tires 37-inch BF Goodrich K02
Suspension Solid Rear Axle, FOX Racing HOSS System
Compression 10.5:1
Fuel Tank 21.2 gallons
Gearbox 10-speed automatic
Suspension Travel 13 inch front, 14 inch rear
Approach Angle 47.2 degrees
Brakes Vented disc brakes

Bronco Raptor Gallery

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Image Credit: Ford Motor Company

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