Earlier this week, Ford Authority reported that Ford was benchmarking the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, a vehicle that was ironically revealed on the very same day as the 2021 Ford Bronco, the latest jab in a long battle between these two old rivals. However, Ford won’t be selling a V8-powered Bronco in the near future, if ever, which means that the new Ford Bronco Raptor will serve as the Rubicon 392’s closest competitor. Now, Ford Authority spies have spotted FoMoCo’s Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 entering a Ford facility sandwiched between two Ford Mustang Shelby GT500s.
Ford Authority previously completed a thorough comparison between these two vehicles, and in terms of powertrains, the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 EcoBoost in the Bronco Raptor is rated to produce 418 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 utilizes Stellantis’ naturally-aspirated 6.4L Hemi V8, which cranks out an slightly superior 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
The Bronco Raptor offers more in terms of hardcore suspension components than the Wrangler Rubicon 392, however, as well as more ground clearance and larger tires, though Jeep doesn’t provide any suspension travel figures, so we can’t compare the two in that regard. The Bronco Raptor also undercuts the Wrangler Rubicon 392 in price – with an MSRP of $69,995 versus a starting price of $73,500. However, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 is already a commonly marked-up vehicle, while the Bronco Raptor figures to be as well when it launches.
Regardless, the Wrangler is thus far the Bronco’s biggest conquest, and Ford has benchmarked a number of Jeep models in the past as it aims to best its rival, including the 2022 Grand Cherokee and Gladiator. When the Bronco Raptor launches this summer, it will take that competition to an entirely new level, whether it be on the street, out on the trails, or on various off-road parks around the country.