Ford Bronco Raptor To Reportedly Share Engine With Explorer ST

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A few years ago, American Ford fans and enthusiasts were very content to learn that The Blue Oval will reintroduce the Ford Ranger in the New World, though it did sting a bit when the automaker declined to bring us the Ranger Raptor. But if a recent report proves to be true, the sting of not bringing the Ranger Raptor might be assuaged, if not completely eliminated, by the forthcoming 2021 Ford Bronco. The report claims that a Bronco Raptor model variant will become available one year after the Bronco goes into production, giving fans the hardcore off-road version of the already off-road-capable Bronco.

Not only that, but there’s also some exciting news as to what will power this Bronco Raptor. We already know that the “regular” Ford Bronco will be powered by Ford’s twin-turbo 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine, which Ford Authority exclusively reported earlier this year. Meanwhile, the new report claims that the Bronco Raptor will be powered by something a little more powerful: Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6.

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The 3.0L EcoBoost V6 is based on the 2.7L EcoBoost “Nano” engine, but with an increased bore and stroke, along with a cast aluminum block. This is the same engine currently used in the Ford Explorer ST and Lincoln Aviator. In either guise, it produces 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, compared to the 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet rating made by the 2.7L in the F-150.

Incidentally, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 currently used in the F-150 Raptor didn’t fit into the 2021 Ford Bronco, even though it fits just fine in Ford’s FIA racing Ranger. The Ranger and new Bronco are both based on the Ford T6 platform, though the architecture sharing doesn’t necessarily mean that they can accommodate the same engines.

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Either way, the inclusion of the 3.0L EcoBoost V6 in the Bronco Raptor would certainly provide a significant power boost for the range-topping model. In fact, the new Explorer ST is certainly quick too, taking only 5.2 seconds to reach 60 miles-per-hour – which is great for a large, three-row crossover. It remains to be seen what the Bronco might weigh, but we imagine that it’ll be quite quick regardless.

All of this is great news for those in the U.S. who still feeling a bit let down by the absence of the Ranger Raptor. In fact, we’re convinced that a Bronco Raptor would be a red-hot seller both in the States and globally, much like the F-150 Raptor. While we wait to find out, we can at least check out both the two-door and four-door Bronco showing off their capabilities in this off-road video.

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We’ll have more on the Bronco soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Unfortunately the Bronco won’t be a world product, so whilst you might be missing the Ranger Raptor your not missing much; yes it’s got great looks, a fantastic suspension, brakes etc but it’s engine whilst more than up to the task of offroading is not there in performance terms of what we expect from a Ford wearing the Raptor name. Downunder were just hoping the next model will include a engine that goes with the name because Ford certainly doesn’t appear to be interested in sending either the Explorer or Bronco south despite the market wanting them.

  2. nice. To be honest both the 2.7L and the 3.0L should be in the next gen mustang as well, along with two variants of the 3.5L Ecoboost and the 3.0L hybrid. Figure a base mustang with 325hp/400tq, a Mustang ST with 400hp/415tq, an Mustang GT with 450hp/510tq and a Cobra with 660hp/550tq and a Mustang RS with 494hp/630tq. I know that the Bronco/Ranger/Explorer may not be able to handle the size of the 3.5L but I’m pretty sure that the mustang should be able to, seeing that they’ve done 3.5L ecoboost swaps in the S197 mustang. Don’t really need the V8 anymore in anything, Just V6 ecoboost engines and hybrid variants of them. Could you imagine what a high output 3.5L Ecoboost Hybrid, that’s at least 700hp and over 600lb-ft of torque. With engines like these, the Mustang family of vehicles, Bronco family of vehicles along with the Ford Ranger, F150, Expedition and Explorer would be amazing without the need for V8 engines at all. Make the Mach E, all Ford Super Duty and commercial vehicles completely electric along with the Escape, Ecosport and the Entire Lincoln brand and Ford would be alright. There would be no need for anything else

  3. It´s a misunderstanding that there are two different blockmaterials with the 3 liter EcoBoost. The 3 l is just upbored from the 2,7 liter EcoBoost and that can´t be done with any relayability with such thin cylinderwalls. The 3 liter block is made of Compacted Graphite Iron,
    period.

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