The Texas tuner has big plans for the new SUV.
As Ford scrambles to fix quality control issues with the roof, production of the 2021 Ford Bronco has been delayed. But somehow, Hennessey Performance Engineering managed to get its hands on one. The Texas tuner has big plans for the off-roader, but before making any modifications Hennessey took the Bronco for a spin at the Pennzoil Proving Ground to see how it performs.
Finished in Oxford White, Hennessey's 2021 Bronco is a four-door, off-road-focused Badlands edition, which has heavy-duty suspension with a front stabilizer bar disconnect. Hennessey's Bronco also has a molded-in-color hard top roof, which will need replacing by Ford.
On the track, Hennessey was impressed with how the Bronco handled and experienced less body roll than the Jeep Wrangler. Then it was time for some light off-roading. With all the stability settings off, Hennessey had a lot of fun sliding the Bronco around in the dirt.
To find out how much power the Bronco produces, Hennessey then hooked the off-roader up to a dyno. Bone-stock, the SUV is offered with either a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder rated at 300 hp and 325 lb-ft with premium fuel or a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost producing 330 hp and 415 lb-ft. Naturally, Hennessey ordered the more powerful 2.7-liter V6. When hooked to the dyno, the Bronco produced 284 rear wheel hp and 383 rear wheel lb-ft torque.
Factoring drivetrain losses, the dyno run suggests the Bronco produces around the same amount of power as advertised. We're assuming it was running on high-octane fuel but Hennessey didn't confirm. This particular Bronco won't stay stock for long, however.
Now that Hennessey has it, the tuner will start researching and developing a slew of modifications for the off-roader. Available to order for $80,000 including the price of the Bronco Badlands, the upcoming VelociRaptor 400 Bronco will crank up the power to 405 hp and 503 lb-ft of torque. Only 200 VelociRaptor 400 Broncos will be built per year. If you want more power, the Bronco VelociRaptor V8 swaps Ford's 2.7-liter V6 for a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 good for 750 hp. Only 24 of those will be made, each costing $200,000.