Bronco Raptor’s engine’s sufficiently big, already


There’s unhealthy information for anybody underwhelmed by the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor’s powertrain: Bigger-displacement engines aren’t in retailer for the off-road monster.

On the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R launch Ford Efficiency boss Carl Widmann defined to Motor Authority why the Bronco Raptor (“Braptor”) does not have a bigger, extra highly effective, engine than its present twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

The dual-turbo 3.5-liter V-6’s a no-go

Merely put, the Braptor’s too slender for the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque within the Ford F-150 Raptor

Whereas the Braptor is way from slender–it is 8.6 inches wider than inventory, making it 7.5 toes large–the added width is from the huge 37-inch tires, long-travel Fox distant reservoir suspension, and operating bits. The precise engine bay is not wider than the usual Bronco lineup.

The engine bay, particularly the house between the shock towers, is just too slender and tight to suit the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 correctly, in accordance with Widmann—with emphasis on “correctly.”

It could be potential to shoehorn the bigger engine underneath the hood, however that does not imply Ford can or will. The automaker wants the engine to suit, and in addition to have sufficient house to maintain cool, breathe, and go crash exams whereas assembly security requirements.

2023 Ford Bronco DR

2023 Ford Bronco DR

The 5.0-liter V-8: not sufficient torque

Fanatics clamoring for Ford to shove the 5.0-liter V-8 underneath the Braptor’s hood aren’t going to get their want both.

Widmann stated the 5.0-liter V-8 does not have sufficient low-end torque to fulfill the Raptor engineering staff’s necessities. Nothing apart from a supercharger would resolve that concern, however Ford does not supply a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 in any car from the manufacturing facility.

Ford did put the 5.0-liter V-8 right into a Bronco, however it was a purpose-built mid-$200,000 desert racer. Dubbed the 2023 Ford Bronco DR, the V-8-powered Bronco was developed as a turnkey racer, and it is not street-legal. Ford constructed it for these seeking to run the Baja 1000 with a manufacturing facility rig. Solely 50 had been obtainable with the implication extra can be offered at a later date.

The V-8 within the DR was stated to focus on an output of over 400 hp, which is lower than the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 within the Braptor, which is rated at 418 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.

2022 Hennessey VelociRaptor 500 Bronco

2022 Hennessey VelociRaptor 500 Bronco

Extra energy to come back?

Ford Efficiency now sells extra energy for the Bronco and Explorer ST, however has made no point out of the Braptor, but.

The Explorer ST dances with the household out of the field with the Braptor’s engine rated at 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. The factory-backed tuning provided by Ford Efficiency ups energy output within the Explorer ST to 430 hp and 467 lb-ft.

Ford hasn’t hinted whether or not a Bronco Raptor R will be part of the lineup to fit above the prevailing car and beneath the F-150 Raptor R, however Hennessey’s already tuned the Bronco Raptor to 500 hp—for an extra $32,950 above the price of the car itself.


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