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The Bronco Raptor Cuts Through The Silty Holly Oaks Mud Like A Hot Knife Through Butter

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Rear
Image via The Bronco Nation

Earlier this week, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor was teased pretty much in the flesh, save for some camo tape on the modular body panels that left little to the imagination. But if you’re one for peep shows, Ford seems ready to oblige. Once again uploaded by The Bronco Nation like the first teaser, we hear the Bronco Raptor engine exhaust note at full throttle, for the first time, in the video below. Sorry, it’s not a V8. But do you like it anyway?

The exhaust note of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor makes us want to rule out the 450 hp 3.5L EcoBoost high-output V6 that we currently see in the Ford F-150 Raptor. It just doesn’t sound as angry. Based on sound alone, we’re placing bets that the Bronco Raptor will indeed cradle the 400 3.0L EcoBoost V6 found in the Ford Explorer ST, which currently isn’t offered in any other vehicle. It’s likely that Ford Performance took a few liberties and cleared the throat of this midsized performance engine, allowing for more airflow through the exhaust, and perhaps more power than what we currently see from the Ford Explorer ST.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: Other Details

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor will ride on 37-inch tires, based on spy photos. They’re also the BFGoodrich KO2, a favorite among street-legal off-road trucks and SUVs. Such girthy meats require the new Raptor to adopt almost Jeep-like wheel arches, which may explain the cab lights mounted just above the “FORD” lettering in the grille.

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor will expand the lineup of the 4×4 SUV upwards. Joining it for the 2022 model year will be the upcoming Bronco Everglades, along with the new option to get a manual transmission on the coveted Sasquatch Package. Pricing for the Bronco Raptor is not yet known, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it broke the $60,000 barrier. For the 2023 model year, there’s the $200,000+ Bronco DR race truck (which has a V8!), as well as the 2023 Bronco Heritage Edition.

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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