Raptor Battle: F-150 vs. Bronco

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When the Ford F-150 Raptor first debuted back in 2010, it was a serious tour de force for Ford; massive V8 options with the 6.2L V8, rear-wheel drive, and a fully off-road built suspension, the Raptor was the absolute best off-road truck on the market in terms of performance and drivability. These trucks were more capable and faster off of pavement than any vehicle designed for road use before, and as a result, created the legendary “Raptor” name for the Ford lineup. As years passed, the Raptor became better and better regarding performance by leaving the massive V8 and moving to a 411 horsepower twin-turbo V6 and eventually a 450 horsepower variant of the same motor by 2020.

By 2021, the Raptor had cemented itself as parts of the F-150 lineup as well as in the Ranger lineup overseas and had even spurred on rivals. The main competition, the Ram TRX, boasted a massive 702 horsepower but still was bested by the Raptor in terms of off-road performance. The F-150 Raptor remains nearly unrivaled, but going into the 2023 model year it faces its biggest threat yet and it comes from within Ford themselves. This rival comes from Ford’s true off-road machine - the Bronco Raptor - which takes performance and inspiration from the Ultra4 Bronco DR race truck.

The Bronco, while fresh to the market, defined Ford’s off-road market until the 1990s, is back and kicking with its sights set on vehicles like the Wrangler, Tacoma TRD Pro, and with the Raptor trim level the F-150 Raptor. These two titans of off-road performance are more than likely going to overlap in buyers, performance, and pricing as they sit currently. Each vehicle has its own strengths against the other as well as weaknesses that go further than skin deep - even without a comprehensive test of the Bronco Raptor’s performance being available yet.

Power Suspension Usability Performance Table

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Bronco Raptor vs F-150 Raptor: Power

The F-150 Raptor has a serious advantage in terms of reputation over the Bronco. While the Bronco may have been the king of Ford off-road at one point, the Raptor has been the top off-road vehicle since 2010 and the 3rd generation of the truck is ready to fight tooth and nail to hold its place on the mountain. The F-150 Raptor features a 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 still at 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque which puts it slightly higher than the Bronco Raptor’s assumed horsepower and torque ratings, however, the F-150 is a larger vehicle so these increases may not equal actual higher performance. The F-150 also is able to use its heft to its advantage when accelerating by helping put the power down which results in a 5.1 second 0-60 time.

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The Bronco Raptor receives a motor not available in the F-150 Raptor or even in any other Bronco trim level. Borrowing the 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 from the Explorer ST, the Braptor as many call it is promised to crank out at least 400 horsepower and upwards of 415 lb-ft of torque which should still give it a sub-6 second 0-60 time. The Braptor is not designed to be the fastest vehicle on the road, rather it is designed to be one of - if not the most competent road-legal vehicles off of pavement. Additionally, the Braptor takes the 10R60 gearbox from the F-150 Raptor for its own use, using a well-tested gearbox for serious off-road use.

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Bronco Raptor vs F-150 Raptor: Suspension

The F-150 Raptor has always had serious performance suspension similar to what is found on trophy trucks. With a first-ever five-link suspension which is designed to emphasize ground clearance and maneuverability, the F-150 Raptor fits 37-inch tires in the wheel wells, making it the most intricate suspension of any light-duty truck on the market. Five-link suspension paired to the Raptor-exclusive Fox Racing shocks and dampers with active valving to improve their performance. When the 2nd generation Raptor debuted, it had the highest strength half shafts on the market. The goal of the Raptor is to make it the most off-road capable pickup on the market, and with each passing generation, it gets even more capable.

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While the F-150 Raptor has set the standard for off-road suspension, the Bronco Raptor might even surpass that. The Bronco received custom-built Fox Racing shocks as well and built off of Ford’s new High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS 4.0) to make it even more capable. Returning to solid axles over the independent suspension in other Broncos, the Raptor also gained more structural rigidity to counter the convertible design’s weak points. New tie rods and control mounts have been installed as well, connecting and disconnecting at differing speeds.

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Bronco Raptor vs F-150 Raptor: Usability

When it comes to usability, these two vehicles may seem like a poor match, but they are both surprisingly usable. The F-150 has a very obvious advantage in some aspects. The F-150 Raptor reaches a length of 243.5” or around 20 feet long with the pickup bed which makes it hold a large footprint across the sand and mud it is driven through. While this is a large truck with a full-sized interior via the SuperCrew body style being the only available option, the 5.5-footbed is smaller than many people would use if the truck was intended to solely be a work vehicle. While the interior space is good in the Raptor F-150, the usable carrying space is less than some would want from a truck.

While the dimensions of the Raptor F-150 may work better for a truck, the Bronco Raptor uses its smaller size more efficiently. Coming in at 191 inches or around 16 feet, it is much smaller and more maneuverable than its F-150 sibling. With the Bronco Raptor sharing its initial platform with the smaller Ranger, this makes sense. However, since the Bronco is not a pickup truck, all of the vehicle’s length can be used as interior space while still providing over 37 cubic feet of cargo space. While this is less than the F-150, it is a better-packaged space and offers more versatility.

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Bronco Raptor vs F-150 Raptor: Performance

While many people may confuse power for performance, they are very much not the same, especially when it comes to vehicles such as this. Vehicles such as the Raptors, while horsepower is important, are mainly in their suspension and torque to dig in on rough or soft terrain to rip over it with ease. These two vehicles share quite a lot of their suspension components, as well as their gearboxes with the Bronco drawing heavily on the F-150 Raptor’s past. While the F-150 has better current stats, actual off-road performance will be determined off the beaten path.

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The Bronco Raptor does have some advantages over the F-150 Raptor in the sense of size and weight distribution since it is four feet shorter than the F-150 and is better situated in its overhangs. Although it is 50 horsepower lower, the suspension and dimensions are better set up for serious off-road driving than the F-150, even at a few hundred pounds heavier. The F-150 Raptor, with its pickup bed, has a larger rear overhang which is not beneficial in departure angle. However, the F-150 is better suited for climbing through rough terrain with its weight distribution spread across the vehicle. The Bronco Raptor, while set up for the same environment, is just one step further towards full off-road Baja truck and has more suspension travel.

Bronco Raptor vs F-150 Raptor: Stats

Bronco Raptor F-150 Raptor
Engine Twin Turbo 3.0L V6 Twin Turbo 3.5L V6
Horsepower ~400 450
Torque ~400 510
Ground Clearance 13.1 inches 13.1 inches
0-60 TBA 5.1 seconds
Price $71,490 $68,675
Transmission 10R60 10R60
Compression Ratio 10.5:1 10.5:1
Suspension FOX Racing Shox HOSS System FOX Racing Shox HOSS System
Wheelbase 116.5 inches 145.4 inches
Approach Angle 47.2 33.1
Width 86.9 inches 86.6 inches
Weight 5,733 5,684
Payload 1,100lbs 1,400lbs

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