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FORD BRONCO WARTHOG (RAPTOR?) TEASED SENDING IT OVER THE SAND

Whatever It’s Called, It Likes To Jump

2023 2024 Ford Bronco Raptor Warthog Teaser Spy Photo Prototype

Just yesterday we reported that Ford Motor Company trademarked the “Warthog” name for automobile use. There’s been rumors that the name would be a future variant of the new Bronco 4×4 SUV, and based on our fond memories of playing the Halo video games, we’re inclined to believe it. Especially with the evidence of a trademark filing. Just as well, a Ford Bronco Raptor is also expected to be in the works. And, would you look at that? Company officials are now officially teasing the Ford Bronco Warthog (or Raptor) taking off in the middle of the desert.

There’s just enough of the underbody being teased to realize that the suspension system of this Ford Bronco Warthog is beefed up a bit, even from the mighty Bronco Wildtrak and Bronco Badlands. The main giveaway are trailing arms that accommodate for a longer travel suspension. And while the Bronco Raptor would be the perfect name for this machine, anybody that’s jumped the Warthog through the open multiplayer landscapes playing Halo will know that the Warthog name is perfect for a gung-ho SUV capable of floating through the vastness of a Nevada desert, not unlike the Ford Bronco R racing truck.

2021 Ford Bronco Accessories Concept Raptor Warthog Prototype
Photo by Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

We at MC&T have also theorized that a peculiar Ford Bronco accessories concept that’s been making rounds could be hiding either the Bronco Warthog or Bronco Raptor in plain sight. This concept features a unique lower fascia, 37-inch tires, beadlock capable wheels, and a two-inch lift.

Whatever it’s called, just don’t expect eight cylinders under the hood. As we first reported last week, Ford Bronco engineers don’t seem very keen on utilizing a V8 engine at any point, despite Jeep hyping the 6.4L Hemi-powered Wrangler 392. Reasons range anywhere from emissions regulations, to the sheer nose weight of any Bronco with, say, a DOHC V8 Coyote engine under the hood. We’d like to fantasize that a 7.3L pushrod Godzilla engine would possess the lightweight design and plenty of low-end torque for it to be favorable, but that engine seems reserved for Super Duty use.

Instead of a V8-powered Ford Bronco Warthog or Raptor, look for a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine that’s currently found in the Ford Explorer ST, which is capable of 400 horsepower in that application. A Ford Bronco Hybrid to compete with the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is also expected. But for now, just hang on, as Ford leaves us with this hanger of a photograph.

Ford Bronco R
Photo Copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks

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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