Anyone else ready to take this bad boy for a spin?
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor has just made its first-ever public debut at this year's Chicago Auto Show. Until now, we've only seen footage and photos provided by the automaker; it looks absolutely incredible in the flesh. Obviously, we'll reserve final judgment until we can experience this off-road bad boy behind the wheel, but the crew over at Ford Performance promises we won't be disappointed.
Powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that's good for over 400 horsepower and paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the Bronco Raptor sets itself apart from the regular Bronco equipped with the optional Sasquatch Package with goodies like a Raptor HOSS 4.0 race-ready suspension, a fully-boxed, high-strength steel frame, and massive 37-12.5-inch all-terrain tires - the largest rubber ever placed on a factory-built vehicle. If buyers so choose, they can get a pair of Ford Performance beadlock-capable wheels.
To further compare with the base Bronco, this rig has an additional 9.8 inches of width which, according to Ford, makes high-speed cornering even more capable. Heavy-duty bash and skid plates guard the entire driveline beginning at the front bumper all the way to the rear of the engine, transmission, and transfer case. Bronco Raptor-specific reinforced rock rails with removable running boards are also part of the package.
As the world's first Ultra4 Racing-inspired SUV, Ford Performance went with an upgraded solid rear axle now consisting of semi-float Dana 50 Heavy-Duty AdvanTEK with a 235-millimeter ring gear. The front end boasts a Dana 44 AdvanTEK with upgraded half-shafts. Combined, this increases track width by 8.6 inches to 73.6 inches. As expected, the 4x4 system has been improved, now with three modes and a beefier clutch that'll be more capable of withstanding high-performance off-road racing.
Need to tow? No problem. The Bronco Raptor has a new Tow/Haul mode that increases the rating to 4,500 pounds - a 1,000 pounds more over the base model. The G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Terrain) Modes return, including Trail Control, Trail One-Pedal Driving, and Trail Turn Assist.
Step inside and you'll experience a 12-inch digital cluster featuring numerous Bronco Raptor-specific features like gauge customization. A 12-inch touchscreen is also standard. Several exterior colors are available - this one is Hot Pepper Red Metallic - and there's Code Orange splashes on the rotary dial, door netting, and dash vents. Priced from $69,995, orders will begin next month and first deliveries are due this summer.