The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor has been one of the world’s worst-kept secrets over the last year or so, despite the fact that FoMoCo tried to pass it off as the Ford Bronco Warthog, via a trademark filing, an Easter egg spotted on a prototype, and a leaked supplier letter. Regardless, as Ford Authority exclusively reported earlier this year, this ultra-high-performance model will actually be called the Bronco Raptor, a fact that the automaker has since confirmed. Earlier this week, we got our best look yet at the new off-road-focused SUV, and now, we’re hearing its exhaust note for the very first time in this short video.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor in action, as The Blue Oval released a teaser video of it tearing up some terrain back in September. However, that video did not include any sound coming from the vehicle. In this clip, the exhaust note is on full display as the driver revs it up and takes off, spinning the rear tires in the dirt as the SUV speeds away.
It’s immediately evident that the Bronco Raptor is powered by some sort of V6, given its higher-pitched exhaust note. That jives with Ford Authority‘s exclusive report from March that the Bronco Raptor will be powered by Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6, currently found in the Ford Explorer ST and Lincoln Aviator. In that guise, the twin-turbo powerplant is rated to produce 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque.
In terms of styling, the Bronco Raptor’s front end features some familiar styling cues present on the Ford Ranger Raptor and Ford F-150 Raptor, including its “Ford” script grille and three amber lights. The Raptor also features much larger fender flares than other Bronco models, which cover a set of 37-inch tires wrapped around Raptor-specific wheels.