The fact that a performance Bronco variant is coming at some point in the next couple of years is one of the worst kept secrets in the automotive world. Whether that special Ford Bronco will be called the Bronco Raptor or Bronco Warthog remains to be seen, however. Regardless, our spies recently caught this even more off-road focused Bronco variant out testing, and now it seems that FoMoCo itself has confirmed its existence.
Ford has officially announced that it is working on a performance Bronco derivative, just a day after it revealed the all-new 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor package. What Ford did not confirm, however, was what this new Bronco variant would be called. However, it is worth noting that the prototype the automaker released pictures of is seemingly identical to the one spied last week, and is rolling on the same set of wheels as the current-gen Ford F-150 Raptor.
The performance Bronco variant is also reportedly utilizing a long-travel suspension underneath, just like the F-150 Raptor, and rides on BFGoodrich AT All-Terrain T/A tires. The developmental prototype is clearly wider than any 2021 Ford Bronco variant, and sports larger fender flares with a significantly higher ground clearance.
The 2023 Bronco Raptor/Warthog is expected to come with Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6 under the hood, which will be mated to its 10-speed automatic transmission. No manual transmission option is currently planned. A hybrid model could be offered later in the model’s lifecycle.
The performance Bronco variant will be offered in both two- and four-door configurations, and will wear a host of unique exterior styling touches. They include revised front and rear fascias, unique bumpers, wide fenders, and a single-exit, dual-tip exhaust located on the driver’s side, as seen on this prototype. Unique headlights and taillights are also a possibility.