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.
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.
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.
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.