Sporting a wider track and lots of black cladding, the Warthog does have a way of drawing attention to itself.
Truth be told, the new 2021 Ford Bronco with the Sasquatch Package is already pretty hardcore. The off-road-oriented options package, which will be available starting this spring, builds on the Bronco's already-rugged bones with a set of 35-inch mud-terrain tires, beadlock-capable wheels, high-riding Bilstein position-sensitive dampers, locking differentials at the front and rear, and a 4.7:1 final drive ratio.
Of course, that still won't be enough for some, which is why Ford is busy cooking up something even hotter: the Ford Bronco Warthog. Essentially the Bronco's answer to the hardcore Ford F-150 Raptor, the Warthog is expected to turn the wick up with some even more off-road-capable equipment. A test mule has just been spotted testing on the streets around Ford's hometown of Dearborn, Michigan.
This isn't the first time the coming Ford Bronco Warthog has been spied, but it is to date perhaps the best clip we have of it. What the video makes clear is that the Warthog will sport a significantly wider track than the regular Bronco, with big flared fenders to accommodate the wheels and tires, and rumor has it that it will be getting a set of Raptor-like electronically adjustable dampers, as well. The tires appear to be BFGoodrich T/A KO2 all-terrains, also borrowed from the Raptor, although it's difficult to tell at a glance what the overall diameter is; rumor has it the production Warthog will ride on 37-inch rubber.
Another notable feature that the internet picked up on shortly after the video was posted is the painted modular hard top - a part that current buyers won't be able to option on their 2021-model-year Broncos. Granted, just because it's on the test mule doesn't mean it will be standard equipment on the production version.
The most uncertain detail of all is the matter of what engine Ford will drop in its best, most capable Bronco model. The standard models are all powered by either a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder or a twin-turbo 2.7L V6, but word is that the Warthog will borrow the Ford Explorer ST's twin-turbo 3.0L. In that model, it manages an impressive 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.
The Ford Bronco Warthog is expected to arrive some time late in 2022 as a 2023 model.