With a LinkedIn profile?!
Following the success of the F-150 Raptor, it seems silly to think Ford won't make use of the name elsewhere in its lineup. The Ranger Raptor rumors will not die, but we may now have confirmation that the new 2021 Ford Bronco will spawn a Raptor variant. This rumor emerges from a rather unlikely source, an EDS (Electrical Distribution Systems) Engineer at Ford Motor Company.
On his LinkedIn page, Ford engineer Bruce Richter lists a number of vehicles that he's worked on. These include the Super Duty, Expedition, Fusion/Mondeo, MKZ, Navigator, and most recently, the Bronco, with a single line indicating that a Bronco Raptor will be coming in 2023.
In his role as an EDS Systems Engineer, Richter lists his current projects as "schematics for 2021 Bronco / 2023 Bronco Raptor, using E3 (Zuken) for schematics that help produce the harness prints."
In other words, this acts as our best confirmation that the Bronco Raptor will arrive as a 2023 model.
It seems hard to believe that Ford wouldn't advise employees not to reveal future projects on their personal LinkedIn profiles, but we have no reason to think Richter would lie about working on the 2023 Bronco Raptor. So if Ford is developing such a model, what will power it? The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 from the F-150 Raptor seems like an ideal candidate, but it is too large to fit in the Bronco.
Instead, the Bronco Raptor could derive power from the smaller 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 used in the Explorer ST and Lincoln Aviator. In those models, it produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, which is well above the 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque figures delivered from the Bronco's 2.7-liter engine. The rumored hybrid drivetrain could also make an appearance in the Raptor version, mixing a V6 engine with electrification to produce around 450 hp. If the Bronco Raptor is arriving as a 2023 model, we might not see it until 2022 at the earliest.