The New Bronco Raptor does everything from Desert-Racing to, Rock-Crawling and it debuts as Most Powerful Street-Legal Bronco Ever. All-new 2022 Ford Bronco® Raptor™, designed and engineered by Ford Performance, share many parts with the Ford F150 Raptor. It was designed to be the world’s first Ultra4 Racing-inspired SUV, capable of highway-speed desert-dune conquering and Baja rock-crawling
Ford tells us that the Bronco Raptor packs extreme Built Wild™ capability and durability and performance, but we won’t get to drive it until later this year! Under the hood the Bronco Raptor-exclusive twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine that is targeted to deliver more than 400 horsepower, a HOSS 4.0 race-ready suspension system, a fully-boxed, high-strength steel frame, and standard 37-inch all-terrain tires
That is just the start for Ford vehicles. Other modifications from the original bronco include it is sitting 9.8 inches wider than a base Bronco four-door for more confident high-speed cornering, Bronco Raptor epitomizes extreme Built Wild design with race-inspired features inside and out, accented by Raptor-family signature cues.
Competition-level, Ford Performance-developed axles, also used on the Bronco DR race truck, further deliver on the Ultra4-inspiration. The solid rear axle is upgraded to a semi-float Dana 50™ Heavy-Duty Advan TEK® with 235 mm ring gear, while the Dana 44™ Advan TEK front-drive unit includes upgraded half-shafts with 210 mm ring gear. These upgraded front and rear axles increase the track width by 8.6 inches (73.6 inches vs. 65.0 inches) over a base Bronco for even more sure-footed confidence. Larger front and rear driveshafts support increased wheel torque. Bronco Raptor also runs with a minimum ground clearance of 13.1 inches, 4.8 inches more than a base four-door model.
The advanced 4×4 system with three 4×4 modes includes a higher-capacity clutch designed to withstand the demands of high-performance events in the desert. The upgraded transfer case also features a 3.06 4×4 LO ratio for up to 67.7:1 crawl ratio.
The Ford Performance team collaborated with FOX™ to upgrade the High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) system with Live Valve technology. Similar to the F-150 Raptor truck’s position-sensitive damping design, the Raptor HOSS 4.0 system features FOX 3.1 Internal Bypass Semi-Active Dampers (3.1-inch diameter) that are uniquely tuned at the front and rear and feature integrated reservoirs up front and remote reservoirs in the rear. Suspension height sensors and other sensors at each corner monitor terrain conditions independently hundreds of times every second and adjust suspension tuning accordingly.
Unique Ford Performance-designed front and rear control arms help deliver maximum wheel travel of 13.0 inches in front and 14.0 inches in the rear, or 60% and 40% more, respectively, than a Bronco base model. To deliver the confidence and high-speed needs of the world’s first Ultra4-inspired SUV, the Ford Performance team reached out to BFGoodrich for standard 37-inch KO2 all-terrain tires (37×12.50R17LT), the largest of any production SUV in America. Two Ford Performance-designed 17-inch x 8.5-inch Bead lock-capable wheels are available. An electric power steering rack and housing influenced by F-150 Raptor, as well as larger-diameter inner and outer tie rod ends, were added to further upgrade Bronco Raptor.
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To give Bronco Raptor even more desert-running power, the Ford powertrain team developed the proven twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine with specific Raptor-level tuning to meet Ford Performance standards. With a target of more than 400 horsepower, Bronco Raptor will be the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever, with intercooler and air-induction systems designed to endure the higher ambient desert temperatures.
For higher-speed desert capabilities or crawling over rocks, the compacted graphite iron-block engine, which saves weight while providing strength for added durability, is paired with a 10-speed Select Shift™ automatic transmission tuned to meet Ford Performance standards. A true dual-exhaust system, featuring first-for-Bronco active-valve technology, uses near-equal-length pipes for an improved exhaust note. The system allows drivers to alter the sound of their Bronco Raptor with four selectable exhaust modes, including Normal, Sport, Quiet, and Baja.
Bronco Raptor builds on the brand’s exclusive G.O.A.T. Modes™ (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) Terrain Management System™ designed to help drivers better navigate off-road. Seven driver-selectable modes are offered including a uniquely tuned Baja Mode that activates a turbo anti-lag calibration to maximize performance during high-speed desert runs. New to Bronco is Tow/Haul mode, which helps enable a tow rating of 4,500 pounds, a 1,000-pound improvement over the Bronco base model.