There has been a bit of an argument taking place online between Ford Bronco fans. Ever since the SUV made its return to the off-roading segment, the upcoming high-performance model has become a touchy subject. Some fans are convinced it will wear the Raptor nameplate, thanks to a certain engineer’s gaffe on LinkedIn. Others point to the possibility of a Warthog model, a nameplate which Ford recently trademarked. There could ultimately be two vehicles here. However, some new spy photos uploaded to the Bronco6G forum all but confirm the presence of the Ford Bronco Warthog.
The evidence can be viewed here.
That is because these particular spy photos contain what can only be described as yet another mishap by the Ford team. In one of the photos the handwritten words “Warthog shock cover” can clearly be seen on a piece of camouflage. While it’s understandable that Ford wouldn’t want us to see what kind of shocks they’ve stuck on their hardcore SUV, it’s probably best to wipe these notes off once the camo has been stuck on the car. This marks the first time we’ve seen the Warthog name applied to a Ford product in the real world.
Now it is important to note that the Bronco Warthog may not be the only high-performance Bronco. The consensus online right now suggests that the Warthog will be a more trail-oriented machine, whereas the Raptor model will arrive more ready for the open desert runs. Either way, this prototype is definitely a test mule for the former. While we once saw this truck with 37-inch rubber, this time its wearing a set of 35-inch BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain T/A rubber. The tire’s strong sidewall has long made them a go-to choice for those tackling rocky and unforgiving trails.
These spy shots are by no means official confirmation of the Bronco Warthog, but it’s unlikely that Ford did this to throw us off. If anything, the automaker could have left the writing there to get us all excited. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if someone forgets to erase the word “Raptor” from another prototype.