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FORD BRONCO SASQUATCH MANUAL TRANSMISSION COMBO BEING TESTED

The Configuration Is Unavailable For The 2021 Model Year

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Outer Banks Sasquatch Review First Ridealong electric
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Ford appears to be listening. In the days and weeks following the hotly anticipated debut of the 2021 Bronco, it became clear that the highly coveted Sasquatch Package would not be offered with the standard seven-speed manual transmission. This implied that customers would only get a 10-speed automatic to go with their burly-looking off-road performance pack, which is available or standard on all Bronco trim levels. This led to a Change.org campaign that petitioned for the American automaker to offer the standard transmission with the Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package.

Before we proceed, here’s what the 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package gives you: 17-inch black-painted aluminum beadlock-capable wheels with 35-inch LT315/ 70R17 BSW Mud-Terrain tires, electronic-locking front and rear axles, 4.7:1 final drive ratio, high-clearance suspension, position-sensitive Bilstein shock absorbers and high-clearance fender flares.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Outer Banks Sasquatch Review Firs Ridealong
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

The Bronco Nation, the official community backed by Ford Motor Company, posted an article with photos that indicated that a Bronco Sasquatch Package was being tested with a clutch pedal. While unlikely to make it in time for the 2021 model year, it does appear that engineers are currently hard at work calibrating drive ratios for the seven-speed manual to pair with the larger diameter tires and ride height.

Bronco Nation tagged along with Ford for durability testing in Moab, UT not long ago, where a Bronco Badlands equipped with a 2.3L EcoBoost and manual transmission riding on 33-inch non-Sasquatch tires. Since then, the site teases that the same vehicle is now testing with a set of 35-inch tires as found on the Ford Bronco Sasquatch package. They even provided the vehicle ID (301W412) number found on the yellow sticker at the top of the windshield. Maybe this points to a Bronco Sasquatch with a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and manual transmission even farther down the road. But let’s not appear to greedy.

This new powertrain combo is sure to be an enthusiast’s choice when it eventually comes to market. Will it be on the Ford Bronco Warthog? Let’s hope so!

2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package
2021 Bronco Sasquatch Wheel And Tire Package

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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