2023 Ford Bronco Raptor: Here Are Some Exclusive Details

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We’ve known for some time now that Ford is planning an ultra-high-performance variant of the all-new Bronco, and that it will either be called Raptor or Warthog. In fact, we got as close to an official confirmation as we’ll ever get of this being the case just last month. Having spoken to those familiar with the project, Ford Authority has learned some exclusive details about the upcoming 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor.

First and foremost, the range-topping Bronco model is being planned in both two- and four-door configurations. However, it’s possible that only the four-door model will ultimately be brought to market.

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Up front, the Bronco Raptor will feature a revised front fascia, with a unique bumper treatment. Being the ultimate expression of the new Bronco family, the off-roader will also have noticeably higher ground clearance with a wider stance compared to even the most range-topping Wildtrak model.

That added width will be wrapped in significantly larger and more pronounced fenders hiding a set of wheels that will have a resemblance to the units used on the F-150 Raptor.

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The rear end of the 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor will follow along in the footsteps of the front, bringing a revised rear fascia with a different bumper treatment. A single-exit, dual-tip exhaust located on the driver’s side of the SUV will handle the exhaust duties.

Those closely following the Bronco may have already expected some, if not all of these features. What’s surprising is that our sources tell us that the Bronco Raptor might end up wearing headlights and/or tail lights that will be unique to the model.

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Under the hood will reside Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.0L EcoBoost V6 mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission. No manual is currently planned. A hybrid might be offered later on in the model’s lifecycle. Additionally, a set of thorough chassis and suspension upgrades – which we will outline shortly – will be present and accounted for.

As we mentioned earlier, the final name of the vehicle will be Raptor, though it’s possible that the Warthog name will end up being used instead.

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

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Written by Alex Luft

Ford Authority founder with a passion for global automotive business strategy.

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  1. If it’s a Bronco Raptor why not the 3.5 EcoBoost or 5.2 Predator ??? I have a great idea make the Raptor model a full size 2 door / 4 door SUV

    • Because this is not a big vehicle, and the 3.0L TT makes more than enough power.

      The 3.0L makes the 3.5L irrelevant, without powerboost.

      • Truth be told the 2.7 EcoBoost is enough horsepower and torque, but you best believe 3.5 or 5.2 will fit and a 5.0 model will show up in the future.

  2. NICE….and pure ICE.
    Do not hybridize.
    Keep it pure….don’t ruin it like what Tata did to the awesome new Defender.
    Electrification is nice for golf carts…but not for serious off-roaders.

  3. Finally some details! Would be really curious to know about the suspension since I”ll probably hold for the Bronco Raptor myself.

    Nicely done reporting on this, love the coverage, keep it up guys.

  4. Ford- why would you not give the 5.0 coyote engine as an option? Why must we have turbo’d crap? Answer: because turbo’d motors require more maintenance and more parts… so more money for ford…

    • That’s…not how it works…
      They have Ecoboost engines because they can create more power from a lighter, more fuel efficient V6 than the 5.0L makes in something like the F-150, which currently has the best torque to horsepower ratio from anything in Ford lineup that uses the 5.0L. That, and turbochargers increase the output of engines without needing to increase the displacement, which of course increases size and weight. It used to be that the most horsepower Ford ever made from a 3.0L V6 was about 240. Now, the 3.0L is capable of almost double that thanks to turbochargers.
      To put it into numbers;
      5.0L in the F-150; 395 Horsepower, 400 lb-ft of torque.
      3.0L Ecoboost; 400 horsepower, 415 lb-ft of torque.
      Turbochargers also increase low-end torque, which naturally aspirated engines don’t do quite as well.
      Ford has to worry about emissions. Ford has to keep their Unions happy. Ford has to innovate.

      You don’t like turbos because…you probably had a vehicle with a turbo, beat the snot out of it, maintained it poorly, and then were surprised when your vehicle’s warranty didn’t cover it and you also didn’t get the service contract because you think it’s a scam.

    • Hard to say right now. If it uses the same engine options as the Bronco standard, it would probably be the same. BUT, the standard F-150 has a higher towing capacity than the Raptor, given the Raptor’s suspension. IT will be hard to say until it’s confirmed.

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