Ford is preparing an extreme Bronco: Warthog or Raptor?

Ford asks us, once again, to stay tuned for a new version of the Bronco. Already quite extreme, another variant more powerful and better suited to off-road driving is being tested.

Ford intends to offer a very wide range of options to consumers who wish to purchase a Bronco. Yet it is already difficult to navigate the amount of versions and models that will be offered when it launches in a few months. All this, of course, without counting the endless possibilities in terms of accessories.

If the current maximum output of 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 weren’t enough, another powertrain would be on the cards. This time around, we’d look to another V6, with the 3.0-liter EcoBoost developing 400 horsepower and producing 415 pound-feet of torque. The jump would certainly be very significant. No V8 is planned. Eric Loeffler, chief engineer of the Bronco project, explains Ford’s refusal to slip a V8 under the hood: “A V8 would put pressure on meeting government targets for CO2 emissions. The new generation of buyers are looking for power, torque and to some extent low fuel consumption. The integration of a V8 would therefore not make much sense. ”

When we look at the image unveiled by Ford on social media, a Bronco with all four wheels in the air and heavily camouflaged, we discover that more changes are to be expected.

Clearly, the suspensions are revised to obtain even more solid and resistant components. We are talking about a switch from aluminum to steel for certain strategic parts. For now, Ford likes to tease us by telling us to “stay tuned.” ”

The other question that is especially on the lips of Bronco fans: what will be the name of this high performance version? For now, two names seem to stand out: Warthog or Raptor. Bets are open as to which choice will be made. For now, in Canada, the range is available under the names “Base”, “Big Bend”, “Black Diamond”, “Badlands”, “Outer Banks” and “WildTrack”. For the base two-door version, the price starts at $ 40,499 and tops out at $ 61,694 for the 4-door WildTrack. So we can assume that the Warthog / Raptor will easily exceed $ 65,000.


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