The existence of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor – the forthcoming high-performance version of the new Ford Bronco – has been one of the worst kept secrets in the automotive world for months now. For a while, many believed this model would be called the Ford Bronco Warthog, thanks to a trademark filing, an Easter egg spotted on a prototype, and a leaked supplier letter. However, as Ford Authority exclusively reported earlier this year, this new variant will in fact be called the Ford Bronco Raptor, and that it will be powered by Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6. Ford Authority reported that the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor was in the automaker’s ordering system back in September, and Ford teased it in a short video just a week later before confirming that it will launch next summer.
Since then, we were treated to some pictures of a lightly camouflaged 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, and now, Bronco Nation has released new, revealing photos and a video of the off-roader doing what it does best – off-roading. There’s quite a bit to unpack here, beginning with the louder turbocharged V6 noises coming from the SUV as it navigates some rugged terrain, which are amplified by a unique exhaust that’s quite different from what is present on the regular Bronco.
As we can see in these photos, the Bronco Raptor has a true dual exhaust that’s tucked up inside the undercarriage to protect it from off-road obstacles. The pipes lead to a twin-tailpipe that exits out the rear, and that’s just the start of what these photos reveal. We can also clearly see several components of the Bronco Raptor’s upgraded suspension and various other bits and pieces, including Fox shocks, a Raptor branded rear differential cover, a reinforced steering rack, and beefy lower control arms.
As we’ve seen before, the Bronco Raptor wears some massive fender flares that cover 37×12.50R17LT BFGoodrich KO2 tires, which gives the off-roader a seriously aggressive stance. That’s on full display in these photos, which show the Bronco Raptor parked next to a non-Sasquatch Outer Banks model, which looks tiny by comparison. Other changes include the Raptor’s “FORD” script front grille with three amber lights, just like the Ford F-150 Raptor. There’s even a “Warthog” teaser located on the door sill on this prototype, which is a nice little Easter egg.
It won’t be much longer before we learn all of the details surrounding this fortified off-roader, as Ford previously said that it will reveal the Bronco Raptor’s full specifications and pricing info in Q1 of 2022 ahead of the model’s launch next summer.