The only question is how long before it arrives?
The reveal of the all-new Ford Bronco has sent the internet into a frenzy, crashing Ford's website and putting the folks over at Jeep on notice. Don't believe us on that last point? Then why did Jeep decide to unveil the Hemi-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept on the same day the Ford Bronco was unveiled? It's an off-road battle the likes of which we've never seen before, but things could get even hotter.
With a Hemi-powered Wrangler making its way to production, Ford will want to strike back, and digital artist TheSketchMonkey has given us an idea of just how it could do so. It's not a real product just yet, but mark our words, there ould just be a Ford Bronco Raptor in the cards somewhere down the line, and if it looked like this, we'd be pretty happy.
The Bronco is already incredibly rugged in its design after taking heavy influence from the original, but anything from Ford Performance's stable to bear the Raptor nameplate needs an extra dose of aggression. In a YouTube video detailing the transition from regular Bronco to badass Bronco Raptor, TheSketchMonkey proves there's not much Ford would need to do from a design perspective.
Instead, he worked on the small details, like blacked-out badging, integrated LED lights in the grille like the F-150 Raptor, a slick aluminum bash plate under the front bumper, a new set of wheels housed in larger flared arches, and running boards, along with a new coat of paint that looks to be inspired by Ford's Performance Blue as seen on the F-150 Raptor.
The front fascia also gets a workover to replicate the sunken effect of the headlights and grille into the front end, a trait the artist has identified in both the F-150 and Ranger Raptor derivatives.
Should Ford produce a Raptor variant of the Bronco, the changes would likely be under the surface. While the controversial Goodyear Wrangler tires wouldn't likely feature, we'd instead expect to see the BFGoodrich rubber from the Sasquatch Package. But higher up in the wheel arches the suspension would likely receive a major overhaul. That's because the standard Bronco is meant to climb rocks while a Raptor version would be a desert runner. To this end, we'd expect Fox Racing Shox, like we've seen in the F-150 Raptor, to make an appearance. What lies under the hood would also be important, and in response to Jeep dropping a Hemi V8 into the Wrangler, Ford won't be shoehorning the 450-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 from the F-150 under the hood, but rather a 3.0-liter V6 with 400 hp.
Of course, that's all conjecture for now, but we can dream, can't we?