Ford Teases Another Hardcore Bronco

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These 37-inch tires could point to a Bronco "Warthog".

Ford capped off an otherwise uneventful week in the best way possible on Friday: by issuing a teaser of what is likely a forthcoming Ford Bronco Raptor. Or possibly, Ford Bronco "Warthog." It's unclear which moniker the automaker plans to go with.

It's a risky strategy, showcasing the ultimate Bronco model before deliveries have even started on the "lesser" models. But Ford did it just the same, taking to Twitter to share a photograph of a high-riding, camouflage-clad Ford Bronco speeding down a sandy trail with the caption: "Testing 37-inch hooves! Future weekends are about to get a lot better!"

Sidenote: the image looks like it could be a frame grab from an ad, with a 16:9 aspect ratio and "professional driver on a closed course" text at the bottom. We're not sure what to make of that.

This isn't even the first Ford Bronco Raptor teaser the company has issued. Earlier in the month, a separate tweet showed a Bronco prototype in a full suit of camouflage taking flight over a grassy hill, suggesting the new King of the Broncos will rock some seriously strong and capable suspension components, and probably an upgraded frame.

Of course, for anyone paying attention, it was already just about accepted as fact that Ford was indeed working on a top-performing "Raptor" version of its new Bronco off-road SUV. The vehicle program was unofficially confirmed on the LinkedIn profile of one of Ford's Electrical Distribution Systems engineers.

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Word on the street is that the hardest of hardcore future Broncos will call upon a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 for thrust - the same engine as in the high-performance Ford Explorer ST. In that model, it generates up to 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.

But we still don't know if Ford will actually deploy the "Raptor" name on its super-capable future off-roader. Some have reported that instead of "Raptor," Ford is planning to apply a brand new nameplate to the car: "Warthog." Perhaps not coincidentally, Ford has in fact applied to trademark the name "Warthog" in the US market, so there could be something to those reports.

At any rate, it could be awhile before we know anything for certain; a Ford Bronco Raptor/Warthog/whatever-animal-living-or-dead isn't expected to launch until late 2022 at the soonest. Best to settle in for a bit.

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