Ford Bronco Raptor Said To Be In The Cards: Video

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Off-road SUV fans can jump for joy, or physically wait to jump a Ford Bronco Raptor, if they so choose. A recent report from the team at TFL Truck claims to have a source closely involved with the development of the 2021 Ford Bronco, and disclosed a few key details that enthusiasts will be happy to hear.

If the report is indeed true, a Ford Bronco Raptor is expected to fly into the off-road fray, with parts likely borrowed from the Ranger Raptor that is, strangely, sold outside of the North American market. That means Fox racing shocks, and electronic limited slip rear differential, a front bash plate, and steel underbody panels. Compared to the base model, the Ranger Raptor adds 6.6 inches of total width and another two inches of lift, increasing ground clearance to 11.1 inches. Considering that the upcoming Ford Bronco will utilize a shortened version of the Ranger’s T6 platform, we believe that the intel given to TFL is highly plausible.

Like its rival, the JL Jeep Wrangler, the 2021 Ford Bronco will reportedly offer a two-door and four-door model. And also like the Wrangler, the roof will be removable.

2021 Ford Bronco Teaser Image

Last week, a strange leak revealed that the upcoming Ford Bronco engine lineup would start with the company’s ubiquitous 2.3L EcoBoost four cylinder turbo, which is currently found in the North American market Ford Ranger. We had a feeling that the engine served as the entry powertrain, and TFL’s sources have relayed that the 2021 Ford Bronco will also feature the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 currently found in the F-150 full-sized pickup truck.

In the F-150, the 2.7L EcoBoost delivers 325 horsepower and a stout 400 lb-ft of torque to the crankshaft. The Ford Bronco Raptor will likely receive this powertrain, but allegedly there has also been some validation testing involving the 5.0L Coyote V8 reserved for high-end F-150 models and the Mustang GT. We’re not sure if this will ultimately happen, but Ford has already been criticized by F-150 Raptor owners and would-be buyers for leaving out a V8 engine, and it’s more favorable soundtrack. Ultimately, that may play into whether or the Ford Bronco Raptor gets a V8 or not.

2004 Ford Bronco Concept
2004 Ford Bronco Concept Somewhat Resembles What’s Seen In Teaser Images And Spy Photos

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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