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2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Teaser Official Holly Oaks
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Well, well, well. So Ford didn’t reveal the Bronco Raptor last week on the eve of the 2021 SEMA Show. Instead, it was the $200,000+, Coyote V8-powered Ford Bronco DR race truck. But that’s not to say that the Ford Bronco Raptor has been a secondary priority. Far from. And a week to the day exactly after the Baja 1000-bound racer was revealed, The Bronco Nation posts these teaser photos of the 2022 Bronco Raptor taken at Holly Oaks ORV Park, lightly covered with (seemingly pointless) camo tape around the body panels. This is the world’s best look yet.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Rear
Image via The Bronco Nation

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: Further Details

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is expected to be available next summer, and is expected to feature a larger displacement, high-output EcoBoost V6 engine that exudes around 450 horsepower. That’s not quite as high as the Jeep Wrangler 392, but that power figure is identical with that of the 3.5L high-output EcoBoost engine in the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, which also comes with a rippin’ 510 lb-ft of torque. That would be far and away a class leading figure. And since we know that a Coyote V8 can comfortably sit inside the engine bay of a Bronco, why not the engine from the new Raptor pickup truck?

The other business end of things – the tires – have been seen to measure 37-inches in diameter, based on spy photos. They’re also the BFGoodrich KO2, a favorite among street-legal off-road trucks and SUVs. They’re also wider than the points spread of a Detroit Lions football game, requiring bigger, almost Jeep-like wheel arches. We’re curious to know how wide this thing is. But if the grille-mounted cab lights are any indicator…. this thing has some pretty thick hips.

Originally thought to be called the “Warthog” variant for about a year due to labeled parts and various paper trails, the Ford Bronco Raptor will sit atop of the growing lineup of the sought-after SUV. We can’t wait to learn more.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Teaser Side Image
Image via The Bronco Nation.
Image via The Bronco Nation.

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.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

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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