January 25, 2022 By Gerard Jude Castillo

The Ford Bronco gets the Raptor treatment

When the name Raptor is attached to a Ford vehicle, you can be sure it makes the rig even tougher. You’ve got the F-150 Raptor and the Ranger Raptor. Now, Ford gives its newly revived Bronco the Raptor treatment via the new Bronco Raptor.

From the outside, you get a host of visual cues and upgrades to set the Bronco Raptor apart from the standard models. The B-pillar, for instance, receives a crossbar while the C-pillar is reinforced, giving the new Bronco Raptor 50 percent stiffer torsional rigidity versus the standard model. Then there are bash and skid plates that protect the underside when going off-road. 

Speaking of off-road, the specially designed wheels wrapped in model-specific BFGoodrich 37-inch KO2 (37×12.50R37) tires are attached to Ford High-Performance hardware for trekking the most punishing terrain. The axles, for instance, have been tweaked with gear such as a Dana 50 Heavy Duty AdvanTEK with 235mm ring gear for the rear axles, aligned with a Dana 44 AdvanTEK with half shafts gear upfront. And all this sits 332mm above the ground for true off-road ability.

To ensure that all this hardware doesn’t go to waste, the Bronco Raptor draws power from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with EcoBoost with air induction and intercooler that procure 400bhp. The most potent engine fitted on a Bronco to date sends power to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic and Ford High Performance’s G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any Type of terrain) Terrain Management system. As with the F-150 Raptor and Ranger Raptor, it features 7 drive modes, including Baja Mode and a new Two/Haul mode for hauling up 2,041 kg worth of gear.

And yes, the new Ford Bronco’s interior is both filled with tech, as well as getting all the Raptor visual bits. Ford has also thrown in a host of safety and connectivity features to keep owners safe and connected while on that high-speed desert trail.

And that’s the reason for being of this ultra-high-performance rig. Just like its Raptor pickup coins, the  Ford Bronco Raptor is tackling high-speed off-road and dirt trails, ensuring that you won’t get stuck while doing so.

The Ford Bronco Raptor will be available by March in the U.S. Will the Philippines follow soon after? What do you say, Ford Philippines?

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