Bronco Raptor takes 400bhp off-road
Ford in USA has recently announced the all-new 2022 Bronco Raptor, which the company says is designed and engineered by Ford Performance to be the world’s first Ultra4 Racing-inspired SUV, capable of highway-speed desert-dune conquering and Baja rock-crawling.
The Bronco Raptor will come with Ford’s new Built Wild capability and durability, as well as twin-turbo 3.0-litre EcoBoost engine that is targeted to deliver more than 400bhp. In addition, the chassis coms with a Raptor HOSS 4.0 race-ready suspension system, a fully boxed, high-strength steel frame, and standard 37in all-terrain tires.
At 9.8 inches wider than a base Bronco four-door for more confident high-speed cornering, Bronco Raptor epitomises extreme Built Wild design with race-inspired features inside and out, accented by Raptor-family signature cues.
With the addition of Bronco Raptor, Ford once again expands its Raptor high-performance off-road vehicle franchise, which also includes F-150 Raptor for North America and Ranger Raptor for global markets.
Bronco Raptor had to be even faster and bring more off-road capability, agility and maneuverability than Bronco already delivers.
At the Raptor core is a fully boxed, high-strength steel frame with new shock towers that increase wheel travel and off-road durability. Heavy-duty bash and skid plates provide continuous driveline coverage from the front bumper to the back of the engine, transmission and transfer case. In the upper body, B-pillar cross bar and C-pillar reinforcement help deliver a greater than 50% total body-in-prime torsional rigidity increase over a standard Bronco four-door model.
Competition-level, Ford Performance-developed axles, also used on the Bronco DR race truck, further deliver on the Ultra4-inspiration. These upgraded front and rear axles increase the track width by 8.6 inches (73.6 inches versus 65.0 inches) over a base Bronco for even more sure-footed confidence. Larger front and rear driveshafts support increased wheel torque. Bronco Raptor also runs with a minimum ground clearance of 13.1 inches, 4.8 inches more than a base four-door model.
The Ford Performance team collaborated with FOX™ to upgrade the High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) system with Live Valve technology. Suspension height sensors and other sensors at each corner monitor terrain conditions independently hundreds of times every second and adjust suspension tuning accordingly. Unique Ford Performance-designed front and rear control arms help deliver maximum wheel travel of 13.0 inches in front and 14.0 inches at the rear, or 60% and 40% more, respectively, than a Bronco base model.
With a target of more than 400 horsepower*, Bronco Raptor will be the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever, with intercooling and air-induction systems designed to endure the higher ambient desert temperatures.
For higher-speed desert capabilities or crawling over rocks, the compacted graphite iron-block engine, which saves weight while providing strength for added durability, is paired with a 10-speed SelectShift™ automatic transmission tuned to meet Ford Performance standards. A true dual-exhaust system, featuring first-for-Bronco active-valve technology, uses near-equal-length pipes for an improved exhaust note. The system allows drivers to alter the sound of their Bronco Raptor with four selectable exhaust modes, including Normal, Sport, Quiet and Baja.
The first-ever Bronco Raptor delivers purpose-built design, infusing Raptor-family signature cues with the truck’s Built Wild innovative design.
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