Worried a four-pot just ain't gonna cut it? Worry no more.
Mere days before the hotly anticipated new 2021 Ford Bronco is set to be unveiled, we've learned one last juicy bit of information: its powertrain. The cat was just let out of the bag in a recent YouTube video from The Bronco Nation, in which we hear from Ford Performance Off-Road Racing Engineer Josh Sharpe and Ford Performance Motorsports Engineer Alex Gehrke as they discuss the Ford Bronco R off-road racing program announced last November.
About a minute-and-a-half in, Gehrke, speaking on the subject of production relevance, says that while Ford could have dropped a big trophy truck motor in the Bronco R, "that's not what's going to be in [the production] Bronco... [So] right now, we're running the two-seven EcoBoost."
In its F-150 spec, Ford's twin-turbocharged 2.7L EcoBoost V6 produces 325 horsepower and a meaty 400 lb-ft of torque, and while we'd had plenty of reason to suspect that it would land in Ford's forthcoming off-road SUV, this is our first official confirmation.
Unveiling the Bronco last November, Ford Performance Off-Road Racing Supervisor Brian Novak dropped a mighty big hint when he said that "even the twin turbos of the EcoBoost engine are representative of what the production Bronco will offer."
Gehrke goes on to say the Bronco R is also fitted with Ford's ten-speed 10R80 automatic transmission - the very same unit that shifts the new Ford Ranger, the 2020 Ford Explorer, the Mustang, and even the F-150 Raptor. Suffice it to say: it can handle plenty more torque than the Bronco's 2.7L will throw at it.
Of course, we don't suspect the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 will be the only engine option for the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco; Ford's 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder is also expected to make an appearance. That only makes sense, given that the turbocharged four-pot already powers the Ranger, which shares its platform with Ford's new Bronco.
We'll know more when Ford officially reveals the Bronco to the world on Monday, July 13, but for now, anyone concerned that Ford's 2.3L EcoBoost might not have been enough for the born-again off-road legend can rest easy knowing there's a V6 in the plans, as well.